Subject: 'Vegan Egypt'
Posted by Sonja and Dirk on: Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 02:45 PM PST
We went on a two week tour of Egypt last Thanksgiving. We were concerned about the food issue, but our guide ordered everything. We had thoroughly explained it to her beforehand as she booked our whole tour.
Many dishes are naturally vegetarian/vegan as the meat is only added at the end. The national dish, koshari, is vegetarian. It's a mix of noodles, lentils, rice and chickpeas with a spicy tomato sauce added on top with carmelized onions. Tasty. Our guide made sure it wasn't cooked with butter (although many places don't use it).
We also ate lots of hummus, babaganoush, tahini, tamiyya (like falafel but with fava beans) and foul (a bean dish - get the basic one without eggs, etc. added). We also tried rice stuffed vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, etc). Our guide also special ordered a vegetable tagen (tagine) for us (instead of chicken or lamb).
The biggest problem was the Nile cruise dining. Our ship had mainly Germans on it, so the food was heavily geared towards them. We were very grateful when they had "Egyptian night" on the ship. We could eat most of that!
The thing to remember is that their food generally starts off as veggie, but they don't understand why someone who can afford meat/dairy/eggs wouldn't eat it, so watch out that it doesn't end up in your dish. We encountered the same mindset on our China tour as well.
Subject: 'Egypt on Facebook'
Posted by JohnnySensible on: Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 04:01 PM PST
There is a Facebook Group with members from Egypt - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48938890737 - pleaes post any good veggie experiences / advice to it!
Subject: 'Egypt Tours and Travel - Nile Cruises'
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