Eating and Drinking, Cairo
It was a rare privilege of watching how to make pita bread as m videos here will show as I have watched how this iconic flatbread of the middle east and India and North Africa is being made in one of the traditional earthern ovens in Christo Restaurant in Giza before we were eating lunch and followed it being delivered at our table. . Pita bread is made using slightly leavened flour with water and a pinch of salt and sugar. It is baked into local high heat brick ovens that resembles the Indian Tandoor.
Pita is the Iconic Flatbread of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Western China, Mediterranean, Balkans and Central Asia. Pita is the most famous slightly leavened flatbread in the world and is one of my favorites. It is the staple of the cuisines mentioned above and is also served during breakfast, lunch and dinner, even in Dubai and with the associated mezze platters. Pita bread with the assorted mezze plater dips is a meal in itself and you can be full eating eat even before the main course arrives. Pita Bread comes in assorted sizes, thickness and shapes, with some very flat and some very thick and round.
If you want to try local beer, take "Sakara". It is very good. In our hotel "Inter-Continental Pyramids Park Resort", bottle of 0,5 l coasts 10 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro).
Sufi Dancing is held at the citadel a couple of times a week. The dancers (or 'whirling dervishes' as they are sometimes called) are quite incredible to watch, they twist around in circles for up to 40 minutes, sometimes synchronised in groups of four sometimes solo. They wear long billowing skirts that make them look as if they are floating over the stage, to some fantastic rythmic arabic music. Fantastic. And in a country where everyone wants to sell you a service of somekind it's FREE!
See my photo album for more pictures of the Sufi Dancers.
A bottle of "Heineken" beer (o,33 l) coasts, in our hotel "Inter-Continental Pyramids Park Resort", 20 Egyptian Pounds (7 Egyptian Pound = 1 Euro).