Tunisian cuisine is an assortment of Asian, Arab, European culinary traditions: spices, herbs and spices are widely used in it, giving the dishes a piquant and unique taste.
National cuisine of Tunisia
Pork dishes are not cooked in Tunisia, but here in “running” beef, veal, goat meat, poultry, fish, seafood and even camel meat. Salted lemons, tuna are common cold snacks., “omak huriya” (salad of pumpkin and boiled carrots with spices), from hot - “tagine” (omelet with herbs, cheese, potatoes and chicken), seafood (cuttlefish, octopus, squid), grilled, “brick” (cheburek with tuna, potatoes, egg and parsley). Stands out from soups “shorba” - it is prepared from lamb or fish (sometimes with vegetables) with the addition of flour and tomato paste. As for the exotic, in Tunisia you can be offered to taste the fruits of a cactus.
Popular Tunisian dishes:
- “harissa” (spicy paste made from red pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil);
- “genaoya” (a dish of stew with sweet and chili peppers);
- “couscous” (meat stewed with spices, vegetables and millet);
- “brand” (a dish of baked meat in tomato sauce);
- “assida” (dessert made from milk, eggs, nut cream, pine seeds and pistachios).
Where to taste the national cuisine?
It should be noted that regardless of the level of the Tunisian restaurant, the first change of cold appetizers (olives, salad “mesuya”, tuna).
In Tunisia, you can look into “Dar el jeld” (this restaurant is visited by those who want to enjoy Tunisian food and excellent wines, and in the evening - casual music), in Sousse - in “Caf Seles” (in this institution you will be served delicious fried fish and couscous), in Hammamet - in “Condor” (here you will be offered to taste brik with various sauces) or “La Beduina” (here they serve couscous with fish, young lamb cutlets, salted fish and squid), on the island of Djerba - in “El ferida” (this restaurant offers Tunisian cuisine and live music concerts in the evening). Tip: if you go to local restaurants together, then you should not order more than 2 cold and hot snacks, since most likely you will not succeed in one “overpower” a couple of plates.
Cooking classes in Tunisia
Some Tunisian restaurants sometimes host workshops and culinary courses in Tunisian cuisine, which means that gourmets and those simply interested in the cuisines of the countries they go on vacation to can attend these events and take an active part in them..
Do you want to get a lot of positive emotions and enjoy fresh dates? Head to Tunisia during the Date Harvest Festival (November) for camel races, snake charmers, knife throwing and whip-clicking competitions.