Being a Vegetarian in Egypt
By Adam Spawton-Rice
Although vegetarianism isn't common to Egypt, the diet that ordinary Egyptians eat on a daily basis is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, and there are plenty of meat-free dishes vegetarians like myself can happily eat.
With lots of people catching on to the all-inclusive deals in Egypt's holiday resorts, one common worry is "will they cater to both meat-eaters and vegetarians?"
Having visited Sharm on the Sinai a couple of times now, I've found that even when the food is of a more traditional Egyptian variety, there are always masses of choice. All-inclusive holidays in Egypt http://holidays.easyjet.com/egypt-holidays.htm are among the best deals for vegetarians, with as much, if not more choice than some Mediterranean countries.
What to Eat on a Holiday to Egypt?
Dining out in Egypt normally starts with a selection of hot and cold mezze: a variety of dips and small tapas-style dishes that are best shared with a few people. I always choose Egyptian staples:
Egyptian food shares some of the influences of other North African, Middle Eastern, and Southern Mediterranean countries. The flavors are not as spicy as in Moroccan or Lebanese cuisines, but the ideas are the same, and dishes are based around fresh and seasonal produce, just as in Greece and Turkey.
On my travels to Egypt I've found these dishes to be ideal for vegetarians and even picky meat-eaters too:
Egyptian Food for Everyone
I've found throughout my travels that Egyptian food keeps most people happy, whether you're a vegetarian, pescatarian or a meat eater. Fish and seafood is bountiful and cheap, with restaurants serving the freshest catch from the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Nile.
All-inclusive Egypt holidays http://holidays.easyjet.com/all-inclusive/egypt-all-inclusive-holidays.htm have something to suit everyone with a mix of all those vegetarian based dishes I've described as well as non-vegetarian dishes.
Whether you are vegetarian or not, I challenge anyone not to love the sweet treats in Egypt. Try konafah, a tiny baked noodle-like pastry filled with a sweet nut filling. Halva, found throughout the Middle East and in Greece, is made from tahini. Sweet and crumbly, Egyptian halva often contains pistachio nuts. If you're really getting into the spirit of things, you can wash it all down with a traditional Egyptian drink: sahlab, a thick, milk based drink sprinkled with nuts (think Lassi).