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Egyptian Pancakes Are Yummy


As far as I know, there are only two places one can eat at the Khan El Khalili without cursing the cooks' mother or getting food poisoning. One of them is the one pictured above. They make Fathira and only fathira there, but I guarantee you it is super yummy. Fathira is like a super thin layered bread, and between each soft, paper-thin sheet of dough there are sinful amounts of butter. You eat it hot and drizzled with a choice of honey, date syrup, frosting sugar or cottage cheese. There are savoury options too, but I'd stick with the sweet.
The second place is hidden in the middle of the souq and I would probably need to get lost to find it. It;s a small, indoor cafe named after Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz. This tiny and super clean, air conditioned cafe has a clean washroom and good shisha. It also has air conditioning and super nice waiters.
Here in Bahrain, Cairo Bakery in Adlyia makes fathira and sells it packaged and ready to eat at the supermarkets. We heat them in the oven and drizzle them with a little olive oil and date syrup. Or honey. or maple syrup.
No wonder I am gaining weight...
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