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One of the region’s most beloved exports, the humble falafel has fans in every corner of the globe. Usually made from ground fava beans and or chickpeas, mixed with herbs and deep fried, these tasty balls are commonly served in a pita bread pocket heaped with salad, tahini sauces and pickled vegetables.
The delicious pastry snack of börek may once have been the food of immigrants, it has grown to be a popular dish amongst all walks of life in Israel. The fillings found within the flakey sheets of pastry are many and varied, ranging from tzfat cheese with za'atar herbs to simple mashed potato.
A Shabbat favourite across Israel and Yemen, jachnun is another must try from the country’s banquet of pastries. Typically served with a tomato puree, eggs and hot sauce, this breakfast item is one you’ll reach for again and again.
Rapidly gaining popularity beyond the boundaries of the Middle East, shakshuka is a heartwarming egg dish consumed in the AM. Usually served in a small pan, you’ll find two eggs floating poached in a tomato stew, likely filled with herbs, mushrooms and vegetables.