Egyptian Food at Koshari Street


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I headed to Koshari Street for Egyptian food.

Egyptian Food at Koshari Street


Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish that consists of rice, chick peas, macaroni and lentils topped with a (hot) tomato sauce and sprinkled with vermicelli and crispy fried onions. Allegedly it started as a leftover dish among lower class families when the cook of the house would add the week's leftover food items into one big pot.

Another story is that this dish came to Egypt via India and Italy, where each country would add their favourite ingredient to it.

Egyptian Food at Koshari Street

It used to be sold on food carts in the streets, but over recent years it has turned into a very popular dish that is eaten nationwide.

Egyptian Food at Koshari Street

And now also in London. Apparently the only place that sells it here is Koshari Street which is located on St Martin's Lane. Besides koshari pots that come in small, regular and humungous, this Covent Garden lunch shop sells tabouleh and bean salads and a daily changing soup. There is also a choice of flowery desserts, which go by the memorable names of muhallabiyeh ( A rose flavoured milk pudding) and mishmishiya ( an apricot compote). Check out their economical meal deals and you've got tomorrow's lunch sorted. It's a shame they're only in Covent Garden.

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