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Traditional Tunis Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Tunis is complete without tasting the traditional Tunis food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Tunis to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.

Appetizers

Soups

  • Chorba: hot chilli vegetable soup.
  • Lablabi: thin cumin-flavoured soup based on chick peas.

Salads

Main courses

  • Couscous: coarsely ground semolina pasta.
  • Felfel Mahchi: sweet peppers stuffed with meat, usually lamb, and served with harissa sauce.
  • Guenaoia: Meat stew containing peppers, okra, and coriander.
  • Kifta: ground meat.
  • Koucha: shoulder of lamb cooked with turmeric and cayenne pepper.
  • Mloukhia: Mloukhia leaves stew.
  • Poisson Complet: fire-grilled fish.
  • Shakshouka: eggs cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices.
  • Tajine: egg-based dish.

Desserts

  • Baklawa: sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
  • Caak: thin savoury pastry bracelets.
  • Makroudh: pastry cut into diamond shapes and filled with dates or almonds.
  • Masfouf de Tunis: sweetened couscous, the Tunisian version of the Moroccan seffa.
  • Samsa: almond sesame phyllo pastry.

Fast food

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Boukha: a spirit produced from figs.

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