What A Typical Breakfast Looks Like In Egypt

Have you ever visited Egypt? It's known as one of the world's oldest civilizations, and the country is famous for its great pyramids, the Sahara desert, and the Nile River which is actually the longest river on Earth (via Hey Explorer). 

You might've previously enjoyed some of the Egyptian atmospheres if you've read Agatha Christie's famous mystery novel "Death on the Nile," or perhaps, you've watched the films based on the book. But Egypt has much more to offer than the popular tourist stops and an occasional murder mystery. For example, take a look at Egyptian cuisine, which is as rich as the country's ruins and world wonders, and it's often based on ghee (clarified butter), lentils, fava beans, and eggplant (per The Culture Trip).

Luckily, Cleopatra Egypt Tours revealed a list of traditional Egyptian dishes, such as mulukhiyah, a thick green soup made from mallow leaves. Fatteh, on the other hand, consists of rice, soaked stale bread, garlic, and meat, such as beef or chicken. Additionally, there's Alexandrian kebdah, a street food dish consisting of chopped liver, onions, garlic, and hot peppers. And although Egyptian main dishes are full of bold flavors, breakfast is equally tasty, so it's not a bad idea to check out some of the traditional Egyptian breakfast meals.

A typical Egyptian breakfast includes ful medames, taamiya, and dried beef with fried eggs

Breakfast is not just an afterthought in Egypt (via Explore Travel and Cruises). For example, in ancient Egypt, bread was made from an ancient variety of wheat, called Emmer. The Egyptians soon learned to make flatbreads, such as baladi, similar to pita visually, but with a different flavor. Nowadays, baladi flatbread is often served with the most traditional Egyptian breakfast called ful medames. Ful is made with a combination of mashed fava beans, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, and boiled eggs. The dish can be bought from street vendors, but it's also commonly prepared in most Egyptian households (per Explore Travel and Cruises).

Spoon University reports on a few more breakfast staples, such as taameya, the Egyptian version of a falafel that's made with fava beans instead of chickpeas. It's a bit larger in size than falafel, and it's often drizzled with tahini. Then there's beid bel basterma, also known as dried beef, that's typically served with eggs fried in ghee. And if you have a sweet tooth, no need to worry, as you can enjoy couscous sweetened with ghee, fruit, sugar, cream, and nuts, or indulge in a delightful mixture of clotted cream and honey (per Nomads Unveiled). With such diverse breakfast meals, you'll soon be energized and ready to explore the Egyptian pyramids and the Sahara desert in no time.