National cuisine of Tunisia, alcohol, where and what to eat

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National cuisine of Tunisia is very diverse and multifaceted. She absorbed the culinary "preferences" of the Romans, Arabs, Turks, and French during their rule over the country. And therefore, the European cuisine here is excellent fits well with Eastern traditional, characterized by acute and spice dishes.

With the development of certain branches of agriculture Tunisia meets the needs of population in food products has, however, not in full. It is mostly grown wheat, olives, fruits, vegetables. Among the products of animal husbandry are beef and lamb, is fish and seafood. Thanks to this food using local, although not ruled out the import.

What to eat in Tunisia?

Кухня Туниса

As in all Muslim countries, eating pork is strictly prohibited. Among the meat variety is used mainly lamb and beef and goat meat, camel meat (like delicious), and poultry meat. Meat can only be purchased in doubles (no freezing!!!). To prepare various meat dishes the meat is cooked, usually over high heat in a frying pan without adding oil, and either finely chopped (kebab), or cut into pieces a La carte (barbeque) or served whole (no meat). Traditional dishes: lamb in a pot, shorba (sorba) – spicy soup with vegetables and beef, brick – pasties made of unleavened dough stuffed with eggs, chopped meat or fish; fingers of Fatima – pancakes stuffed with minced meat and eggs.

Due to the location of Tunisia along the Mediterranean coast, it is actively being fish and seafood. Because of the wide range of meals from different varieties of fish and seafood. True, they cost a little more meat (for example: a kilogram of fresh beef is 8-10 dinars, a kilo of fish – 10-14 Dinar), but are used in the diet of Tunisians quite often. There are such kinds of fish like tuna, mackerel, sardines, conger eel, redfin, bream, mullet and other Seafood is represented by shrimp, crabs, octopus, squid. Among the delicacies include octopus and cuttlefish. Cost seafood is much more expensive than fish. Especially popular among Tunisians is considered to be tuna, as it is inexpensive and delicious, but because it is often used in various dishes. This fish couscous, salads and even cakes. Be sure to try the tuna salad and fresh vegetables, as well as with tuna and roasted vegetables - "masuya".

Also on the menu are always present egg dishes with various ingredients: fish, vegetables, sausages, meat. For example, scrambled eggs with chicken, egg with different toppings - oja.

The undoubted favorite of any table is the favorite food of Tunisians – "couscous" - a dish of semolina, processed in a special way, and steamed with steamed vegetables and meat or fish. This traditional Arabic dish is both everyday and is served on big holidays, their difference in quantity and variety of ingredients included in the dish. The more important the occasion, the more and more products that are included in the couscous. Must try!!!

As side dishes to meat and fish dishes using beans, rice, noodles and vegetables. Vegetables served as fresh (salads), and stewed with various ingredients (meat, fish, spices, hot pepper). Try mesue – stewed peppers, eggplant and carrots with garlic, shakshouka – fried egg with sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, peppers, herbs and spices, lettuce, sweet potatoes - spicy hot potato salad with cumin.

From dairy products can meet the cheese, but many different varieties. Milk and cheese do not enjoy special esteem among the local population.

And what middle-Eastern food without various spices and seasonings: onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, herbs, coriander, anise, saffron and other. No main dish is complete without the harissa (harissa) is a condiment made from hot peppers with garlic and olive oil. It is served in a separate bowl, and eat together with the bread, dipped it in the seasoning. By the way, in Tunisia, like us, have taken the bread. It is presented in two forms: a long French loaf and pita bread, which in the course of meal crack exclusively by hand.

To summarize, let us note a popular Tunisian dishes:

  • Couscous (Couscous) is a dish of semolina steamed with vegetables and meat (fish)
  • The tagine (Tagine) – roast lamb, vegetables and egg
  • Merguez (Merguez) is a spicy sausage
  • Fingers of Fatima (Mausam) – pancakes stuffed with minced meat and eggs
  • Brick (Brik) – cheburek from unleavened dough stuffed with eggs, chopped meat or fish
  • Shorba or chorba (Chorba) – spicy soup with vegetables and beef
  • Have lalabel (Lalabli) - a thick soup made of garlic and peas
  • Sweet potato salad (Salata batata) - spicy hot potato salad with cumin
  • Mechouia (Mechouia) – salad with tuna and roasted vegetables
  • Tunisian salad (Tunisian Tuna Salad) – salad with tuna and fresh vegetables
  • Felfel mahshi (Felfel mahchi) - sweet peppers stuffed with lamb
  • Shakshouka (Chakchouka) – egg with sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and hot pepper

But that's not all. Try and enjoy!

Sweets in Tunisia

Sweet lovers in Tunisia expanse. Here you will find all sorts of Goodies, prepared on the basis of the date molasses with the addition of nuts. All the sweets are very delicate and amazingly delicious.

For dessert you will be offered different types of baklava - cake diamond shape from several layers of dough with walnuts and honey. Be sure to sample mahroug (makroud) – semolina cake with walnuts, cinnamon and candied fruit; samsa (samsa) – rolls of dough with chopped roasted almonds and sesame seeds; cake made of rice and nuts called "malbe" (mhalbya). Delicious deep-fried donuts in orange juice and glazed with honey syrup – yo-yo. And that there are a variety of flavored cakes, fragrant flowers of orange, almonds, pistachios, dates or honey... yum! Try delicate custard with nuts – "aside". Delicious Oriental sweets - Turkish delight and halva. And don't forget about these Tunisian dates, which will be a great gift to your loved ones.

Fruit in Tunisia

A variety of fruits in Tunisia will not meet. However, all that is, grows in the country. Apples, oranges, tangerines, melons, watermelons, peaches, apricots, grapes, lemons, figs. Olives – business card Tunisia, harvested in October-November. Better to eat them pickled. As exotic food should try the cactus fruit, which will meet only in the summer. Due to tiny spines, which easily break off and dig into the skin, to collect them yourself is not worth it. In the food consumed only the juicy pulp. And cactus fruit bake and even cook the jam.

Drinks in Tunisia

Non-alcoholic beverages Tunisia

Traditional Tunisian drink is green tea with mint, drink, usually hot and sweet. In tea can add pine nuts, due to which it becomes even more rich and delicious. Along with the tea, very popular here, and coffee with cardamom.

Thanks to the growth of different fruits (oranges, peaches, lemons, grapes, etc) always in stock offers freshly squeezed juices from them. You can even try palm milk.

Although tap water in the country and meet the health standards, however, to use it we didn't. It is better to buy bottled water (bottle 1.5 l is about 0.5 Dinar).

Alcohol in Tunisia

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The consumption of alcohol in Tunisia, according to religious canons is forbidden. However, to drink Tunisians calmly and sometimes even themselves violate the prohibitions. To buy spirits in Tunisia are not on every step, but still possible. Most of them sell in the state supermarkets "Generale" (General) and "Monoprix" (Monoprix), as well as in bars, restaurants and hotels.

Of course no problem to buy alcohol in hotels. And if you live on the system "all inclusive", with alcohol generally will be no problems.

Manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages and beer is under the control of the state. Alcohol is the cheapest in the state supermarkets "General".

In Tunisia produce different types of canteens and dry wines:

Among national of Tunisian wines is the first wine red "magon" (Magon), "Mornag château" or "Chateau of mornas" (Chateau Mornag), "Vieux magon" (Viex Magon), "Carthage" (Carthage). White wine "Muscat de Kelibia" (Muscat de Kelibia), "Blanc de Blanc" (Blanc de Blanc), "Sidi Saad" (Sidi Saad), "Set of rays" (Sidi Rais) and pink "Gris de Tunisie", "Vue de tibar on" and "Chateau Rossi."

Local beer only one grade called "Celtia" (Celtia).

Tunisians especially recommend to try a strong (40% al.) local palm liquor "Tabarin" (Tibarin), vodka from figs "Buch" (Boukha).

Where to eat in Tunisia?

Eat in Tunisia in tourist areas at almost every turn, whether diner, cafe or restaurant. In an average lunch in a cafe (meat with side dish + drink) will have to pay around 15 dinars (currency of Tunisia) for one. Dinner in the restaurant will cost more expensive – about 20-25 dinars for one.

Most of the hotels in Tunisia works on system all inclusive. Here is where carousing spoiled Turkey and Egypt the Russian tourists. The specialties offered in hotels, designed primarily for tourists, and therefore the kitchen, mostly European. But in the menu of restaurants you can find dishes of different world cuisines.

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katyaverigina88 22 August, 2018
Was in Tunisia and as many of you are faced with a terrible attitude to people of Russian origin! At the reception greeted by barking and throwing passports! Settled in the barn for the animals) Yes, and then look at the reaction and colonize in normal room! Really! We are after to have seen other tourists) the same script) the Food was tasteless, no service, no, all very poor.In the country there is nothing interesting, all trying to grab more money. Everyone questioned whether they are still in Tunisia? And all with one voice asserted "NEVER"! And I fully agree with them! ...
admin August 22, 2018

What kind of tales you write, "shed for animals". All published in this topic posts from "guests" are very similar to each other and some black PR against the tourism of the country. If all true, then register, describe your story in detail, add photos, and all this kind of nonsense, not similar to Tunisia. I though there was a long time ago, but anything similar did not face. But even if you have had some negative experiences,this does not mean that the whole country and all the people are bad. ...
Ника78 23 August, 2018
Was there five years ago, and this year, not impressed at all. Became much worse. The service is very spoiled. In dirty hotels, and beaches. Staff treated with contempt. It would be better to fly to Spain. ...
Natalia D. 26 August, 2018
And I went to Tunisia this year for the second time. Last year was on the island of Djerba, this year in Hammamet. Both times very much! If last year enjoyed the beauty of the island, the service and hospitality of the hotel, this time came to Hammamet, budget three. Yes, the hotel is different from the 4 and 5 key but we deliberately chose this hotel. What a wonderful tour, beautiful sea, clean beach. The attitude towards us, Russian is very friendly. All the Tunisians we smile and say how like Russian. I'm surprised reading previous reviews. Do not know can be due to the fact that we were friendly disposed, and therefore to us as the same...the Animators of the hotel was very upset when we left, helped us with our Luggage, took photos for memory, some left their contacts. No one touched, not abused, was not theft. The guests loved it!!! ...
Zlata August 30, 2018
All kind time of day!
Went this year in August.
Liked it very much. Yes, there are disadvantages. But tell me, where doesn't?! If you look for only the negatives, they can gather a whole bunch in any country.
What of the downsides? Garbage. Yes, he's everywhere. But it doesn't smell bad, as some write, it is scattered with plastic bottles, bags, paper. Here, however, and all the disadvantages.
As for the local population. So blame yourself. How You feel about them, and they to You. The backlash has not been canceled. So want to have You warmly and friendly greeted, be nice to them. Tunisians are hospitable, welcoming and friendly. There was not a single case of even evil and look in our direction. So, as the saying goes: "If face is crooked...." Read Krylov. Moreover, quite interesting to talk to. I will say a few greetings in their language, and they simply melt away, ready to help You with everything.
Everywhere you can meet the police, so security don't worry.
What to see in the country? There are a couple of good excursions:
1. Day trips to Carthage, Sidi Bou said, Tunis (the capital);
2. Two days into the Sahara, the Colosseum, Kairouan, an oasis of Chebika, salt marshes.
I recommend very beautiful pictures are obtained, and the information informative.
So, friends, do not look for the negative, that is enough in our hard life in Russia. Rest with pleasure and bring only positive emotions.
Good luck! ...
EdDDgAR August 30, 2018
Stay in principle bad can not be, and to learn something new is also very круто0 ...
Александр20082018 16 September, 2018
Vacationing in Tunisia in August, cockroaches in the room caught 2 times and 2 times on on the doors in the room about ants and aseret I vopsche silent. Lived in a Bungalow Aqua Park Spa 4ka . The Russians really don't like pesnite yourself that you are second grade. Will suit the Germans, the Europeans and automatically you are already standing behind them, and they serve out of turn. Went to Monastir and really quite messy, no wonder so many flies, who eat together from the same plate. In monastire us ran tunisis learn that we are Russian began to tell me how and where to go and where prices are cheaper, adding that Russian tourists 60% and if not they Tunisia would come kirdyk. This is the only Tunisian who was interested in Russian) . Yes, the tour is divided into foreigners and Russians together with the Baltic States. Impressions of the country are not unambiguous. But there is more than just not going. In Russian they understand when you want to. ...
Nadezhda Nikolaevna Sep 18, 2018
Hi all! Vacationing in Tunisia in Hammamet in September this year,the 4 star hotel Mirage.Think the rest will get what he wants.Settled immediately upon arrival without regard to the country,the staff is very friendly,all smiles,tried to talk,I ask how are you,like here or not.Was on 2 day trips in the Sahara.That's impressive.Drove almost throughout Tunisia,was a great guide,learned a lot.About the dirt guide also made explanations-the country is beginning to live again.By the way,yesterday went on the train to Paveletsky station.So on the way we saw so many abandoned debris that Tunisia never dreamed of.Take a look around,we, too, not all smooth and clean.And Tunisia the beautiful sea,the Sahara,with clean hotels and ordinary people,who also earn money in any way they can:sell,clean ,cook in hotels.By the way,the food was tasty and varied.A lot of fruit. ...
greekorn 19 September, 2018
Dear fellow citizens, always you will be treated the way you deserve))) Arrived in Tunisia alone, I went to the Gare de Tunis (railway station), and when I realized that at 8 PM in Sousse I can't go back (though I do not understand why), went on Stasen de luazh (on the bus) where just over 10 dinars very quickly left, got in 2 hours)) Roam on any streets, at any time and many people come to chat, say like Russia, constantly shouting "Russia" "Moscow" Saint-Petersburg" and the like))) Local cops in the amount of 4pcs, standing near his car in the square at night when nobody is around and there is no longer, waving, beckoning, well-chatted with them, laughed and I went to sleep with the road) And when you ambition and eternally disgruntled face something to ask or even appear anywhere and behave with people prinebrezhitelno and like a servant, it certainly would be awful for you, and everywhere))) And I want to say - sit at home or out in the countryside drove on vacation)) ...
Valena 17 October, 2018

Here I agree completely! Golden words! ...

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