Like they say, the best food a country has to offer is often found not in fancy restaurants, but in the humble hole-in-the-walls where average people go for lunch. The soul of Tunisian cuisine can be experienced at roadside stalls with enormous vats of frying oil and mom-and-pop restaurants tucked deep in the medinas.
Tunisian street food is enough to make even the pickiest eater want more. Influenced by cultural roots that span several civilizations, there’s plenty to sample. Countless varieties of traditional Tunisian street food out there, but there are a handful of classics you’ll find in just about every city in the country. Check out these 10 must-haves when you visit Tunisia.
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10 Best Street Foods In Tunisia
Tunisia has a lot in store, especially if you’re a foodie. Take a look at these top Tunisian street foods.
One of the most popular Tunisian snacks. You can often hear vendors advertising this affordable but filling “mini-sandwich”. We all love these fried donuts stuffed with tuna, potatoes, harissa, olives and eggs. Healthy? Probably not. Delicious? Absolutely.
The famous sandwich with potato mixture, chilli, pumpkin, tomatoes and fried eggs. We love it especially when it is mwazwez or better, mharher (spicy) and served with parsley and onion finely chopped. A pure delight.
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Literally called the Tunisian sandwich, with a Tunisian salad (made from tomatoes and cucumber), tuna and of course harissa.
S’han (or s7an) Tounssi
Literally called the Tunisian dish. This is a plate garnished with Tunisian grilled salad (Mechouia), cucumber, olives, baked potatoes, onion, tomatoes, harissa and topped off with a half-cooked egg.
The Chapatie is garnished with omelette and you can add various ingredients such as tuna, cheese, or others.
Mlewi breads are very thin pancakes that are garnished with different ingredients, such as tuna or eggs, and of course, HARISSA!
A portion of roasted chicken served with fries and often with Tastira (tomatoes, peppers and fried eggs).
A typical Tunisian dish made from chickpeas. Lablebi is the quintessential Tunisian street food. It is mixed with cumin, garlic, olive oil and Harissa (of course) and one egg (or more). Effective against cold especially if you add Hargma sauce.
This recipe is made of garlic, egg and harissa.
It is simply a boiled egg, with a pinch of salt and pepper.
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