Jerusalem is a mesmerizing and magical city. Many people who visit Jerusalem rave about the amazing atmosphere, the unforgettable sites, the breathtaking views and more. However, to truly understand what Jerusalem is all about, there are some things that you simply have to experience through your stomach. Here are just a few of the things you really should try while visiting Jerusalem:
Malabi: A unique a combination of beverage and dessert, made of a mixture of rosewater, milk, cornstarch and sugar. Malabi is a very popular Jerusalem dish, sold in many middle eastern restaurants and kiosks throughout the city. Guaranteed to be nothing like anything you have ever tasted.
Knafe: A very interesting and sensationally tasty dish when served and eaten fresh. Knafe is essentially an Arabic desert made of melted goats cheese and topped with hairs of orange pastry hairs, dipped in sweet rosewater syrup. Finding the perfect Knafe is a mission, once you find it, eating it becomes an addiction.
Jerusalem Pretzel: An absolute must when touring the fascinating sites of the old city is stopping by one of the small green carts and purchasing an authentic Jerusalem pretzel. Along with it, you will get a fragrant local green herb called Zaatar which goes great with the delicious warm doe.
“Meorav Yerushalmi”: Directly translates to “Mixed Jerusalem” this delicious mix of different meats in a special local blend of spices is an absolute carnivores’ heaven.
“Ashtanur”: Short in Hebrew for “fire in the oven” Ashtanur is an authentic local pitta bread which you can find in midtown or the markets during lunchtime. If you’re especially hungry, try it wrapped around a portion of shawarma or falafel.
Sabich: an absolute original, the Sabich is a truly unique local dish comprised of a Pitta bread packed with fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs, and pickles, usually topped by Amba, a local, flavorful condiment. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked for life.