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Photo of the day: Koshari

Monday, July 2, 2012

Koshari in the works. Massive amounts to fill orders for the masses.  These guys had the operation down to a factory-like pace.  Those ingredients become this:

Egypt was easily the toughest country we’ve ever visited. Overwhelming, messy, chaotic, sad.  But we met some amazingly friendly locals and felt the rush of the revolution.  And we got to try koshari, a delicious pasta-y tomato-y savory delight that cost about $1 for a regular sized bowl (I wish I had gotten the large).  It’s a pile of pasta, lentils, rice, tomatoes, fried onions, and you can add hot sauce to your liking. One description I read likened it to “Egyptian chili,” and that’s a pretty good way to think about it.

Now, there is one officially official place in Cairo to get the best koshari, and that’s Abou Tarek.  Ask around and the locals will direct you to the multi-story building that serves nothing but different sizes of koshari.  But maybe don’t ask too much lest you get lured into someone’s perfume shop or uncle’s best friend’s parchment paper art gallery or a rival koshari enterprise.  It’s worth the hunt.

ps:

I haven’t tried it, but this recipe looks promising.

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