Gastronomic tourism: dishes that are worth trying in Israel

Gastronomic tourism

The country's cuisine is very diverse. The combination of Arab and European cultures has had a significant impact on the taste preferences of Israelis. At the same time, the country's cuisine differs from the Jewish one, as it is based on oriental (Turkish, Arab) and European recipes. For example, burekas (pastries made from unsweetened puff pastry), oriental fast food (reminiscent of shawarma), the favorite hummus and the so-called "Turkish" spicy salad, actually invented by Israeli chefs.

Ashkenazi cuisine

A gastronomic tour to Israel cannot be imagined without Ashkenazi cuisine, which is based on the recipes of the Jews of Europe. You can taste her dishes in most restaurants in the country. They are easy to prepare and inexpensive ingredients. This is due to the fact that the Jews who inhabited European countries were mostly poor and therefore used food rationally.

The most popular Ashkenazi dishes are:

  • forshmak - made from herring, potatoes, sour cream and onions;
  • chicken broth - a classic hearty and nutritious product containing many vitamins and microelements;
  • gefilte fish - a fish dish consisting of carp skin or other large fish stuffed with minced fish fillets, onions, carrots and white bread pulp;
  • regel krusha - traditional Israeli jellied meat from cow's legs;
  • matzebray - a matzah snack prepared for Passover;
  • liver pate - recipe contains foods such as beef liver, goose fat, eggs and onions;
  • tsimes is one of the most popular dishes among Jews, the main ingredient of which is carrots;
  • kugel is a budget recipe from various vegetables.
Traditional Ashkenazi pastries - khomentash (first appeared among German Jews) and bagel (originating from Eastern Europe) - have become an integral part of Israeli cuisine.

Sephardic cuisine

Eastern cuisine

Oriental (Arabic and Turkish) cuisine has had a great influence on Israeli cooking. It is replete with all kinds of dishes with unique flavors. The abundance of meat, fish, seafood and vegetables will impress any gourmet. It is also difficult to imagine oriental cuisine without sweets and pastries for every taste. Many dishes are very high in calories, as their recipes contain an abundance of butter and olive oil, rice, flour, meat and animal fats.

Oriental dishes acquire the greatest biological value when they combine meat products and vegetables. An example is stuffed fish, coals, stuffed chicken neck. Jewish chefs are also credited with inventing horseradish and beetroot sauce.

Israeli cuisine consists of traditional Jewish dishes, as well as dishes borrowed from other nations. It includes most of the products that have long been consumed in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. As for the modern dishes that are offered to tourists in Israeli restaurants today, they have been introduced into the country's cuisine for many decades. Their main difference from traditional dishes is their low calorie content and healthiness. Israelis eat a lot of fish products, vegetables, fruits and cereals. Most of the fats used in cooking are of vegetable origin and are made from olives, olives, avocados and nuts. One of the healthiest traditional dishes is hummus. It contains a large amount of fiber and an optimal balance of proteins and carbohydrates. Thus, Israeli cuisine is a gastronomic paradise for gourmets of all countries.

Israel food tourism

Mehane Yehuda Jerusalem Market Food Tour!

Tour operator IsraLand Travel invites you to the most famous market in Israel "Mahane Yehuda" or "Shuk".

The duration of the excursion is about 3 hours.

You will hear a story about culinary secrets from restaurant chefs, shopkeepers. Collect expert advice on buying fresh produce from marketplaces.

Visit a local bakery to sample indoor baked items and hear about bread dough and traditional bread making methods.

Stop at a specialty spice shop for their "stew of the day."

Breathe in and taste fresh fruits and vegetables and learn the importance of visual product design.

Learn about carving meat and get insider tips on buying meat from a top local butcher.

Sample international cheeses from well-known locals and learn about how they are made.

Visit some of the most famous and historic restaurants.

Gastronomy The country's cuisine is very diverse. The combination of Arab and European cultures has had a significant impact on the taste preferences of Israelis. At the same time, the kitchen

Gastronomic tourism allows you to get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the country through its culinary features. Many states are associated with certain foods and dishes. When talking about Israel, people first of all mention falafel. But the traditional cuisine of this country is much more varied than it seems.

Key Features

During gastronomic tourism, people are convinced that the national Jewish dishes in America are different from those that are prepared in Israel.

This cuisine combines North African, European and Middle Eastern influences. Vegetables are usually the basis of recipes. Such food is not harmful to health and does not contribute to a set of extra pounds. Therefore, while traveling in the Holy Land, you can safely try these delicacies.

Main courses

One of the popular breakfast foods is shakshuka. These are scrambled eggs cooked with an aromatic and thick tomato and red pepper sauce.

The dish is served with chalah or lavash. The homeland of this food is North Africa. However, today it is considered a traditional Israeli food.

During food tourism, many travelers do not consume hummus. This appetizer is not considered exotic and is served in many countries.

However, this dish is worth trying in Israel. Hummus contains chickpeas, sesame paste, garlic and lemon. These ingredients are ground thoroughly. It turns out to be a delicate and light dressing, which is eaten with crunchy pita bread or falafels.

Shawarma is a dish that resembles Greek gyros. Meat (usually turkey) is fried on a vertical skewer with lamb fat. It is then cut into strips and served with a variety of dressings.

This can be savory Yemeni sauce or hummus. Some people prefer to complement the dish with sauerkraut.

When traveling in the Holy Land, tourists are advised to try falafel. The dish is a mixture of chickpeas, flour and fresh herbs. The products are crushed, rolled into balls and fried. Served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickled vegetables. You can complement the dish with various dressings. This food is very nutritious. However, it is healthier than, for example, a hot dog or hamburger.

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Australian cuisine

She is one of a kind. It occupies the whole continent. She is distant and mysterious. She is Australia. Having been there once, you will certainly want more. Beautiful cities, extraordinary flora and fauna. Gastronomic delights will certainly delight you.

Australia, Sydney. Photo: . lickr. om/photos/mikemcd/

Australian food is simple and delicious! British, Irish, New Zealand, Italian, Greek, German, Vietnamese and Chinese traditions have helped create unparalleled culinary diversity and originality. So what do they eat in Australia?

The six best open-air food markets in Paris

Shopping at the outdoor markets (marché) is one of the popular and fun ways to find the freshest food in town. More than 80 food markets are located in Paris and its suburbs. Even if your French is far from perfect, don't worry! Local merchants are usually very friendly and don't really care how perfect your French is.

Paris market. Photo: . lickr. om/photos/mr_conlin/

So, here are six of the best open-air markets in Paris.

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