What do Egyptians have for breakfast? Can you order your breakfast in Egyptian Arabic? Yomna’s here to help!

Welcome أهلا
As you are staying for a while in Egypt, you should to have nice Egyptian breakfast فطار مصري fiTaar maSri for yourself. You can have it two ways: either by eating it ready-made at a restaurant مطعم maT3am, or by buying the ingredients and making it yourself at home.

The most famous Egyptian breakfast is beans and falafel فول و طعميه fuul wi Ta3miyya, with some pickles مخلل mixallil and fried eggplant باذنجان مقلي bidingaan ma2li. And of course you can add boiled eggs بيض مسلوقbeeD masluu2 and cheese جبنة gibna if you wish.

You can easily tell an Egyptian breakfast restaurant by the crowd found in it early in the morning. You will enter the place and ask the cashier for a beans sandwich with tahini سندوتش فول بالطحينة sandiwitshe fuul bi-TTaHiina, or falafel sandwich with salad and tahini اتنين سندوتش طعميه بالسلطة والطحينة itneen sandiwitshe Ta3miyya bi-SSalaTa wi -TTaHiinaand pickles مخلل mixallil.

And you may ask for any of the following, too:

  • Baba ghanoush بابا غنوج baba ghanuug (which is tahini with eggplant)
  • Mousakka مسقعة misa22a3a (eggplant, potatoes, green pepper, tomato with garlic and vinegar)
  • Fried potatoes بطاطس مقلية baTaaTis ma2liyya
  • Fried eggplant باذنجان مقلي bidingaan ma2li

This is a very strong breakfast and surely you’ll need a drink after it. You then may have any cold soda drink from any kiosk, or enter a local café and take a cup of tea with mint شاي بالنعناع shaay bi-nni3naa3.

If you prefer to have breakfast at home, then you may go to that same restaurant and buy a 1 pound worth of spiced beans بجنيه فول محوج bi-gneeh fuul miHawwig and 1 pound worth of falafel بجنيه طعميه bi-gneeh Ta3miyya, or any of the food mentioned above. And don’t forget to buy five loaves of bread خمس أرغفة xamas t-irghifa.

Then you can go to the grocery store and get 2 eggs بيضتين beeDteen
and 1/8 kilo of white cheese تمن كيلو جبنة بيضاء tumun kiilu gibna beeDa or Romy cheese جبنة رومي gibna ruumi.

I guess that’s enough now for a morning recharge. Bon appétit! بالهنا bi-lhana.

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