157 –  26 July Street, Cairo 1111 – tel. +-20227359640

If you don’t know what Abou El Sid is and you can’t read the  signs written in Arabic, it is hard to know that the two huge doors, which could have been the entrance to a monastery, were hiding  a restaurant that made me think of Thousand and One Night when I walked in.

There was no day light, just a soft glow from the oriental lamps hanging over the bar, and a woman was singing a melancholic song. My friend, Abdul explained that she had been a very famous singer in the 1950s, and that her songs were still being played today.

When he  ordered our lunch,  “Hamam Mahsky” I had no idea what he had asked for; but soon two pigeons arrived.

Just when I was picking up my knife and fork, my friend said, “No, no put that down, and pick the pigeon up with your hands.” I did and watched him dug his teeth into the little stuffed bird, saying, “You see this way the stuffing won’t fall out.” The stuffing was rice, deliciously seasoned with different herbs. Not being an expert like my friend, I did lose some of the stuffing, but he reassured me, “For a beginner you did well.” He also told me that this was the meal his mother prepared on Sundays, or for speceial occasions, “She had to make about 15 – 20 because we are a big family.”

It is not a dish that you can find in many restaurant, but if you are in Cairo and would like to taste this Egyptian Speciality go to Abou El Sid, you won’t be disappointed, neither by the Hamam Mahsky – nor by the truly Egyptian ambiance.

More from Egypt soon


About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Getting Over Growing Older Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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