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Israeli National Food - Spicy Dishes and Luxurious Dining
Planning your visit to Israel? Dreaming about Mount Hermon, Israel countryside life or Masada Israel? One of the first things that you'd probably want to know is how to visit Israel and eat well. Here, at VisitIsrael.com, we are more than happy to provide you with essential information regarding all kinds of Israel package deals. From Dead Sea tourist tips to top Israel Tsimmers, learn how to visit Israel like an Israeli. In this page we chose to focus on Israel's national street food. Wish to visit Israel like a local? Start with eating like one…
Get to Know the Israeli Street Foods
If you'd like to know how to visit Israel like an Israeli you should learn a thing or two about the Israeli food. The first thing you need to know is that eating out in Israel is not necessarily expensive. Furthermore, Israel's idea of cheap food is not necessarily MacDonald's. Like any Middle Eastern country, street food in Israel is very common. The thing about Israel's street food is that it's still fast food and you don't have to eat it while sitting. Some of the places don't even have any chairs or tables and you simply eat your meal while standing in the street. Whether you're a respectable businessman or a scruffy construction worker - everybody eats this way.
Top Street Food Dishes
Falafel - the most affordable and popular street food in Israel. Served in either half or full pita bread mixed with Tehina, pickles and vegetable salads. The Falafel balls are composed of either chick peas (Hummus) or broad beans (Full) seeds combined with parsley and local spices. A lot of Falafel places let you taste one ball before you get service - Bon appetit!
One Falafel serving would cost you around 15-20 NIS.
Shawarma - Shawarma in Israel is usually made of turkey meat unless you've specifically asked for lamb. Like Falafel, it served in pita bread together with salad, Tehina and pickles.
One Shawarma serving costs around 20-30 NIS.
Sabich - Deriving from the Arab word which means 'morning', Sabich is the traditional food brought by the Iraqi immigrants. The essence of this dish is pita bread with a boiled egg, salad, Tehina, pickles and extra hot sauce (Harif).
One Sabich serving costs 15-20 NIS
Tunisian Sandwich - A sandwich usually made from a baguette filled with Tuna, boiled egg, pickled lemon, vegetable salad, fried hot green pepper etc.
One Tunisian sandwich costs 15-20 NIS
Lafa - The Lafa is big pita bread being baked in a big oven named 'taboon'. It is usually filled with shish-kebab, salads and fries. Keep in mind that Lafa is a full meal in itself for quite a big person, so order it only if you're incredibly hungry.
One Lafa serving costs 25-30 NIS.