The Travelling Foodie Guide To Street Food In Kairouan, Tunisia

Founded by the Arabs around 670, Kairouan became a dominant trading hub and centre of Islamic scholarship in the 9th century, when Aghlabid emirs ruled Kairouan and built many of its monuments. 

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regarded by many Muslims as the fourth holiest site in Islam.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan

We walked within the walls of the Medina (old town)  exploring its beautiful small allies and many mosques.

Other than its monuments, Kairouan is also known for its fantastic food. If you’re ever visiting, make sure to taste the following:

Kafteji

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Kafteji is something of a Tunisian poor man’s food: various vegetables are fried separately and then with an oozy fried egg, chopped up together with a large knife. It’s made with potatoes, pepper and tomatoes. One eats it with bread or as a sandwich.

It’s now one of the country’s most popular and delicious street foods. It also originated in Kairouan.

All food stalls on the side of the roads offer kafteji sandwiches. One shop was highly praised so we tried it.

 

 


كفتاجي خيري -Kafteji Khayri is a must-visit in Kairouan. It offers the best kaftejis cooked in a traditional oven. Price wise, a Kafteji plate costs less than one pound Sterling!

They are very generous with quantities. The price includes a side of fries and traditional bread.

Kafteji Khayri is not touristy in any way, and it’s where the locals eat. We highly recommend it if you’re looking for a cheap, delicious plate of food surrounded by the locals.

Makroudh

Makroudh is a North-African sweet pastry filled with dates and nuts or almond paste, that has a diamond shape – the name derives from this characteristic shape. The dough is made with a combination of semolina and flour, which gives the pastry a very specific texture and flavour. It is said that it originates from Kairouan, thus, in every corner of the Madina, you’ll see a Makroudh shop. Every seller will brag how their Makroudh is the best Makroudh in Kairouan. We think they are all equally good.


The people of Kairouan are proud of their Makroudh. They will make sure that you buy enough of it to take home to taste with family and friends. It’s true, Makroudh is yummy with a cuppa.

Kairouan is one of Tunisia’s best-kept secrets. It kept its authenticity and style. It’s bursting with history, culture and delicious food.

You should definitely consider visiting Kairouan next time you are in Tunisia.

RESTAURANT REVIEW| Mango Tree, London

The food scene in London is so vibrant and never ceases to evolve. There are a lot of food markets around the city, notably Borough Market. The city has a serious love-affair with street food.

Cultural diversity has helped building London’s foodie reputation. It also helped creating a diverse food scene.

One of London’s best known Thai restaurants is Mango Tree. It’s JK Rowling’s favourite Thai restaurant.

Located in Belgravia, Mango Tree offers authentic traditional Thai food.

Disclaimer: We couldn’t make it to the restaurant. Instead, we ordered some items from their menu to taste. 

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The menu offers a variety of options, they even have a dedicated Gluten Free and Vegetarian  menus.

The dim-sum wide selection caught our eyes and we had to try some.

The mixed seafood and spinach dim-sums did not disappoint.

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We also tried the POONIM YUM MAMUANG, a Soft-shell crab tempura served with Thai mango salad and Thai citrus soya sauce. The crab was okay but not super amazing. May be it’s due to the time it took to actually deliver it. The Thai mango salad and Thai citrus though were so delicious, tangy and fresh. We loved those. 

 

The last dish we tried was the SOM TUM GOONG SOD-  a Green papaya salad with fresh king prawns, cherry tomatoes, long green beans, peanuts, dried shrimps powder and chilli dressing. It was very filling and delicious. 

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We enjoyed the food from Mango Tree. It’s affordable, authentic and yummy. We can’t wait to visit them next time we are in London!