The most potent symbol of Egyptian Life is Bread. They call it Aish Baladi, pocket bread, and it looks like the Pita Bread we can buy here. But it is a little bigger and the texture is lighter, and very fluffy.
I had the chance to taste it, coming right out of the oven, when we stopped in front of a bakery in a small village. And don’t let the look of the bakery fool you – it was delicious and needed nothing on it or with it.
There have been revolutions in many countries because of the price of bread, or the shortage of bread, and Egypt would be no exception. Therefore, the Egyptian government subsidizes it – so at the moment 10 loaves cost about 8 cents.
Once Egypt was the breadbasket of the Eastern Mediterranean, but today it has to import wheat, and the United States is its biggest supplier.
Whenever you see long lines of people waiting, it is in front of a bakery. They wait for the bread to be baked. The reason they are there early is because whatever the baker can produce with his allotment of 25 pound bags of flour per day, might not serve everybody.
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