Lunch in Egypt

Gadda غـَدّ َة (lunch) is the second meal of the day. It is generally eaten quickly, around sunset, before going back to (or starting) work, or moving on to the evening's social activities. Europeans eating in an Egyptian restaurant will be surprised, and maybe a little disappointed, how quickly the food arrives and is consumed: lunch is not regarded as an evening's entertainment.

The majority of Egyptians cannot afford to eat meat, so vegetarian food is very common. The most popular isktshari كةشـَريis rice, vermicelli, lentils and chick peas, served with tomato sauce and crispy fried onions. There are shops that just sell koshary.

Many dishes involve AaSaag, which is made by chopping or grating onion and then softening it in butter, then adding minced beef, salt and pepper.

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