Different Cultural Foods

Mera Hanna, Staff Writer

Mexican 

Have you ever tried a Fajita? If not, you should. Fajitas are known to be the most commonly eaten Mexican foods in the United States! 

The Mexcians living in West Texas get the credit for discovering Fajitas. Fajitas are, nowadays, very common around the World.  In the United States, fajitas are one of the most popular Mexican dishes. It is a type of Tex-Mex cuisine in which the main ingredient is meat, which is served in a tortilla. Tortillas are a form of flatbread prepared from wheat or corn flour. Salad, guacamole, and refried beans are all important complements to fajitas.

Recipe According to Food.Com 

  • Slice steak into thin strips.
  • In a bowl, mix together 1 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, hot pepper flakes, black pepper & salt.
  • Add beef strips and stir to coat, set aside.
  • Wrap tortillas in foil and place in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
  • Cut onions in half lengthwise and slice into strips, cut your peppers into strips.
  • In a large, non-stick skillet over medium high heat, heat remaining tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add onions & peppers stirring for 3-4 minutes, until softened; transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add beef to skillet, cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes or until they lose their red color.
  • Return onions and peppers to skillet; stir for about one minute.
  • To serve, spoon a portion of the beef mixture down the centre of each tortilla, top with your desired toppings , fold bottom of tortilla up over filling, fold the sides in, overlapping.

Egyptian 

Never been to Egypt before! If I were you, I would catch the next flight and try one of the most common foods! Koshari! Koshari is very delicious and is well-known to be a very famous dish in Egypt.

According to the article Food History & Culture, “It is widely considered Egypt’s national dish. It is just rice, lentils (black or brown), chickpeas and pasta that are cooked individually, then tossed together and topped with cumin-scented tomato sauce and crunchy fried onions. Things get kicked up a notch with condiments of garlicky vinegar and a peppery hot sauce called shatta.”

Recipe From the Mediterranean Dish 

For the Crispy Onion Topping

  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin rings
  • Salt
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cooking oil

For Tomato Sauce

  • Cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ -1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can 28-oz tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Now make the pasta. While the rice and lentils are cooking, make the pasta according to package instructions by adding the elbow pasta to boiling water with a dash of salt and a little oil. Cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain. 
  • Now put it all together!