Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Tel Aviv is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Tel Aviv to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Chopped liver: livers, onions, eggs, oil.
- Hummus: a dip made of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
- Labaneh cheese: yoghurt cheese.
- Tehina: sesame paste.
- Knedelach soup: matzo ball soup.
- Lentil soup: red or green lentils, carrots, potatoes, celery, parsley and onion.
- Eggplant salad Hatzilim (סלט חצילים): mashed grilled aubergines with garlic and mayonnaise.
- Israeli salad (סָלָט יְרָקוֹת יִשְׂרְאֵלִי): tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley.
- Israeli-style avocado salad: avocado, lemon juice and chopped scallions.
- Matbucha (Turkish salad): a cooked dish of tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with garlic and chili pepper.
- Tabbouleh: bulgur, tomato, cucumber, chopped parsley, mint, onion, garlic.
- Cholent: a traditional Jewish stew of meat, potatoes, beans and barley.
- Gefilte fish: a poached fish mince stuffed into the fish skin.
- Kishke: various types of sausage or stuffed intestine with a filling made from a combination of meat and meal, often a grain.
- Kreplach: small dumplings filled with ground meat, mashed potatoes or another filling, usually boiled and served in chicken soup.
- Mujaddara: consists of cooked lentils together with groats, wheat or rice, garnished with roasted onions that have been sauteed in vegetable oil.
- Regel Krusha: calf’s foot jello.
- Shakshouka: a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, often spiced with cumin.
- Tzimmes: sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits.
- Halawa: dense, sweet confections.
- Kugel (קוגעל): egg noodles or potatoes, eggs, cottage cheese, milk, caramelized sugar, raisins, cinnamon.
- Malabi: a milk-based pudding.
- Lamb kebab: lamb meat.
- Falafel: a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.
- Shawarma: a delicious meaty roll.