Want to feel truly Israeli during your stay in Israel? We’re sure you’ve already tried falafel and shwarma, so we brought you something different: authentic Israeli food you may have not yet heard of!
There are two types of halva worldwide, with the more popular one in Israel being nut-butter-based: it’s crumbly and sweet and made from tehina. Halva stays fresh over several days and is a fun snack for any situation. Visit The Halva Kingdom in Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem for a variety of halva flavors.
Originally brought to Israel by Yemenite Jews, this doughy delight is traditionally eaten on Saturday morning in Yemenite households. Jachnun is baked at a low tempreature for many hours, giving it its sweet flavor and soft flaky texture. You can buy it ready-made or learn to make your own!
Shakshuka, a word which means “mixture” in Hebrew and Arabic, is a classic Israeli breakfast. This dish consists of eggs fried over simmering tomatoes and onions. Israelis love shakshuka so much that there is actually a shakshuka festival! You can get this breakfast almost anywhere, and here’s a fantastic recipe!
The word “sachlav” means orchid: traditionally the bulbs of orchids were ground to powder and used to make the warm beverage. Today the drink is made from almonds, milk and sugar and is widely popular during the winter months in Israel. Sachlav is thick and smooth and can be garnished with coconut or peanuts.
Photo by Kmachim Restaurant in Ganei Tikva
This sandwhich combines a bunch of classic Israeli food in one: pita bread,hummus or tehina, fried eggplant, finely chopped vegetables, and some hard-boiled egg. Sabich first became popular among Jews in Iraq, who then brought it with them when immigrating to Israel. Learn to make it here!
Israel has a rich and beautiful culture – and food is an important factor of every culture! Be sure to get the full Israel experience by trying these delicious Israeli foods. If you love them, you can even make them back at home!