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