Yesterday, my new best friend (I love making new best friends), Susan Hack, wrote up a post about our koshari meal at Abu Tareq in Cairo and other street foods I like and she rightly said that my favourite, together with koshari, is fiteer, so, I thought I would post about an amazingly good fiteer I had recently (sadly not with Susan) in Sayida Zeynab. I had seen and tasted almost eveything I wanted to in the two days I was in Cairo except for fiteer, so, I asked where was a good fatatri (fiteer maker) and was sent to one that did not look promising, dark and dingy and without any character but it was the only one and I decided to give it a try. And boy am I glad I did. Their fiteer was just perfect and even though I was going to lunch an hour later, I couldn’t resist eating far more than just the taste I had promised myself. I nearly finished the simple fiteer topped with eshta (Arabic clotted cream which in Cairo is made with buffalo milk) and honey in the top picture and had far too much of the fiteer mushaltat (several fiteers, one inside the other) in the picture below. Totally scrumptious.
Go there if you are in Cairo but you will need to ask at al-Gahsh (a really fun cafe where the speciality is ful medammes) where the place is. Otherwise go to Fatatry al-Hussein in al-Azhar square where I had fiteer for lunch every day when I was researching my street food book! And come and taste our koshari at Koshari Street, 56 St Martin’s Lane, London, from 7 May which is when we open our doors.
And if you are having difficulties finding al-Gahsh, here is the shop sign you should be looking out for!