If you’re a regular reader of Bruised Passports, you’ve probably realised by now that we’re a couple of gastronomes. Nothing can stop us from trying out local delicacies wherever we travel. So far sheep’s head in Morocco and pig’s intestines in France top our list of ‘strange foods we’ve had’ but then we haven’t been to China yet.
Care to venture a guess about how far we have ventured just to get our paws on some scrumptious eats?
We were in Israel last year and spent our time absorbing the incredible culture. But every time we got talking to the locals about food, the conversations were never about Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, but a city called Haifa. No prizes for guessing what we did next- hopped on a boat to Haifa!!
There we had falafels that were so good, they made us want to cry.
Haifa is the street-food capital of Israel and lives up to its name. Yafo Street and Wadi Nisnas are our favourite areas.Falafel HaZkenim is definitely the most popular stall, but most others are as good. Pop into just about any falafel joint in these areas and prepare to be amazed!
The chickpea balls are fried right in front of you, and served piping hot. The perfectly crisp and crumbly falafels are ensconced in pillowy pita-bread, full of crunchy tomatoes and cucumbers. Strong flavours, fresh ingredients, and bright colours come together to make this a culinary experience you will not forget- all for less than £5. The best part is the mouth-watering (and unlimited :-)) accompaniments- finely-chopped salad, perfectly-textured hummus, silky tahini, sweet and sour pickles, decadent baba ganoush, and fried aubergines. Heaven!
Crisp Falafels in Haifa
The Perfect Sandwich?
You know the hummus is unlimited when locals have it by the glass, literally