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6 Awesome Places in Wust El Balad to Chill & Eat at

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Wust El Balad has long been the spot with tons & tons of hidden gems. From underground bars to camouflaged restaurants, downtown Cairo is packed with hangouts for all tastes and ages. We collected 8 of those really cool sites for you, so that you’d know where to go the next time you’re lost in Talaat Harb:

1. Eish & Malh (عيش و ملح)

Alcohol: No

Eish & Malh is one of the truly great places in Wust El Balad. The place is owned by 2 beautiful ladies, one of whom is a New Yorker. The food at Eish & Malh is impeccable, but this spot isn’t all about the food. Live music makes a huge part of your experience at the restaurant. Brunch & Jazz, Dinner & Oud are merely a glimpse of what this beautiful destination offers its visitors.

2. Fish & Chips

Alcohol: No

Fish & Chips is a cool new spot in Bab al Louq owned by Randa Shater, 55. With the help of her best friend, Randa was able to re-invent this ancient fish place after buying it from its old owners and switching everything up. The walls are colorful and covered with photographs of old movie stars and kings. The prices are low and affordable. And the atmosphere is warm and cozy. Can’t say there’s anything bad about Fish & Chips, except that we would love it if they consider opening up other branches.

3. Estoril


Alcohol: Yes

Estoril is one of the oldest restaurants in Wust El Balad. With 2 entrances, one of which is almost a secret one that makes you feel super badass when you use it, Estoril marks a spot that is a definite favorite to expats. The place offers a variety of local dishes, though served in small plates; the dishes are delishhhh! The waiters are friendly and the service is pretty good.

4. Felfela

Alcohol: Yes

Nope, not Felfela the foul & falafel place. I’m talking about the other Felfela that’s also located in Huda El Shaarawy street,  right across the street from Estoril. Felfela is one of the oldest Wust el Balad restaurants. The restaurant is spacious and as you see in the photo above, it gives off the essence of being at the zoo. You’ll be dining with birds (real birds) chirping above your head and little fishies swimming on your right. The menu is long and is often confusing, in a good way.

5. Cafe Riche


Alcohol: Yes

Cafe Riche is a historical spot, where legends like Naguib Mahfouz used to hangout back in the day. The place is nice, cozy and relaxing. However, some folks have been complaining about the food recently but it doesn’t matter much because people often visit Riche for its ambience and impeccable Turkish coffee. Add to that; Riche is a quiet place away from the hustle & bustle of downtown, Cairo.

6. Kafein

Alcohol: No

Located on Sherif street, Kafein is the new perfect spot to get your perfect cup of coffee. They have a “particular seriousness about coffee & tea”, says their Facebook page. And guess who the owners are; they’re the same 2 geniuses behind Eish & Malh.

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How Konafa Comes in All Shapes and Tastes

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Konafa has been one of the most traditional dessert in Ramadan for as long as we can remember. However, for the past couple of years, Konafa has been changing, it is like everyone was trying to give it a makeover to make it look and taste more modern.

Here are some of the different shapes and tastes of Konfa:

Egyptian Konafa:

 

The traditional Konafa we have all grown up with; usually comes with different nuts, and sometimes cream

Konafa 3al Fa7m:

Syrians blessed us with the Konafa 3al Fa7m

Konafa with Nutella filling:

Because why not combine the best of both worlds?

Konafa with Cheese:

If there is cheese cake, there can be cheese Konafa

Konafa with Mango:

I don’t know who invited this, but I believe we did it

Red Velvet Konafa:

Why?

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5 Best Places to Eat Steak in Cairo

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This is a call to all my mad carnivores out there, this one’s for you! You know how sometimes, your meat craving gets the best of you and suddenly all you can think about is the way that bone will look after you finish devouring the life out of a juicy ass Tomahawk steak? Yes yes, “ja definitely feel”. Hence, this is the ultimate list of our favorite places that serve the best steak in the city:

1. The Beef Bunker

The Beef Bunker’s steaks are total winners! The place works to serve you the best steak cuts that are available, from their delicious chateaubriand to their excellent T-bone cut! You can either order a steak for yourself or you can share a bigger cut with someone else. Add to that, their delicious sweet potato fries and mac and cheese balls and you can thank us later!

2. Lucca Steakhouse

Lucca is definitely not a place for the faint hearted, or for vegans for that matter ha-ha. You get to take your pick at either black angus cuts: Rib-eye, Striploin, T-bone & ribs or Lucca signature steak and dishes: Wagyu, Shashlik & Lokum or Dry Aged Steaks: TOMAHAWK. I mean for God’s sake, they serve meat sushi there. If there is a heaven for carnivores, it is this incredible steakhouse!

3. Mo Bistro

Besides, being the first place in Cairo to serve flank steak..oh wait, there’s no besides cause that’s the WHOLE GODDAMN POINT! Mo Bistro’s meat is delish and on point! They also serve the best sauces you can think of, including: bone marrow gravy and honey gravy!

4. JW Steakhouse

Aight, JW Steakhouse is indeed pricey but oh boy, is it an incredible experience. We’re not gonna lie to you, some of the wagyu cuts cost 900 L.E. but spending all your money on this cut of heaven is a sacrifice that I’d gladly make. Careful, though cause being addicted to good meat is as bad an addiction as any other. Enjoy the crab cakes and the vanilla marinated salmon appetizers.

5. Charwood’s


Charwood’s is a place that’s long been a favorite of tasteful meat eaters. The Carnivore magnet is probably the oldest steakhouse among those on the list. With a wide variety of cuts that include: Tournedos, Cote De Boeuf and Australian Entercote, the spot still stands among the winners of the red meat competish.

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Kung Pao Chicken: Easy Recipe

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Who doesn’t like some Chinese food?

Asian food, specially Chinese, has very special taste. They know how to use the different spices and sauces to create spectacular tastes. Sometimes, the Chinese food crave hits, you just have to go get it; but we gotta admit, it can be a little bit pricey. The good news is, a lot of meals can be easy prepared at home.

Kung Pao chicken is a popular Chinese dish made with diced chicken, chilies, and peanuts.

Here is the easy recipe:

Ingredients:

400-500g chicken, 100g peanuts

Seasonings:

Dried red chilies, 5 green onions, a piece of ginger, 5 pieces of garlic, 30g cooking oil, 15g thick broad-bean sauce, 5g cooking wine, 15g cooking starch, 2g salt, 5g rice vinegar, 10g soy sauce, and 5g sugar

Preparation

1. Clean the chicken breasts and dice them.

2. Stir together the cooking wine, cooking starch, and salt, and marinated the chicken cubes in the mixture for half an hour.

Kung Pao Chicken

3. Soak peanuts in hot water for 10 minutes and remove the peanut skins.

4. Clean the dried red chili peppers and cut them into small pieces. Clean and chop the green onions. Clean and dice the ginger and garlic.

cooking Kung Pao Chicken

5. Make a bowl of starchy sauce with the sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cooking wine.

Instructions:

1. Use a moderate amount of oil to fry the peanuts until they turn yellow, drain them, and set them on a plate to cool. Cool peanuts are crisper.

2. Using high heat, heat oil in a hot wok, then add the chicken cubes, and fry until they turn slightly brown. Drain them and remove them to a plate.

3. Leave some cooking oil in the wok, and using a high heat stir-fry the dried chilies for 30 seconds to release the spice.

4. Then re-add the fried chicken cubes and add the diced garlic and ginger, and the thick broad-bean sauce. Stir-fry until the sauce becomes red.

5. Add the starchy sauce and chopped green onions, and re-add the cool fried peanuts. Stir-fry together for 30 seconds.

6. Serve it on a plate.

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