Munchies Guide to Israel: Shakshuka

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Shakshuka (شَكْشُوكَةٌ) is a staple of Arab and Israeli cuisines and can be found at most coffee shops and restaurants around the country.The dish is not native to Israel, as it was brought here by the Jewish immigrants from North Africa but, in part, due to the Tunisian, Algerian, and Moroccan Jewish communities here, it has become a staple dish.Shakshuka consists of spiced stewed tomatoes topped with poached eggs, and is typically served in a cast iron pan. Although a simple meal, with every bite your soul is warmed and your stomach becomes happy. Add an Israeli Salad and a set of side dishes, and your meal couldn’t get any better!As one may guess, other variations of the dish can be found with additions such as assortments of vegetables, meats, cheeses, and different kinds of sauces.

If you’re ever in Israel, I would highly recommend trying Shakshuka out!

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Where can I get this?

Shakshuka is quite literally everywhere. Most restaurants will have it (especially if they serve breakfast or lunch). I had mine at Dr. Shakshuka (located in Tel Aviv’s Old Jaffa neighbourhood) and I really enjoyed it. For the price of 58 NIS (~$20CAD), we were given Shakshuka, side dishes, drinks, and dessert.

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