As a result, up to a third of dishes are sharp. And the first advice to tourists - do not rush to impose full plates, it is likely that the dish will not be at all to taste. The spice in Tunisian dishes is added with the help of the national sauce " Harissa ", which is used as a seasoning in dry form. Harissa has long been loved by tourists as an inexpensive and colorful gift from Tunisia .
Another feature of Tunisian dishes is the abundant use of olive oil. If you do not tolerate the taste of olive oil, it will be difficult to rest in Tunisia. However, the oil is used refined, without a bright taste and smell, and is not added in such large portions. Olive taste in the dishes is weak, you can not worry.
Another feature - abundant use of tomatoes and tomato paste. Tomatoes in Tunisia are very cheap - from 0.7 to 1.5 dinars per kilogram. The current course is in our article " Tunisian Dinar ". At the same time, prices for other vegetables in Tunisia are comparable to prices in Russia, which we described in the article " Prices for food in the shops of Tunisia ."
Of course, Tunisian chefs put tomatoes and tomato paste in all dishes, as possible. More than half of the dishes on the buffet at the hotel will be with tomatoes.
Look below a few photos of dishes with harissa or tomatoes, click on the photo to enlarge.
And now, good news. In the hotels of Tunisia, much more meat dishes are prepared, compared with Egypt and Turkey. If the hotel is large, then 3-4 dishes from the meat will definitely be.
Attention! Often there are dishes from mutton, which are cooked directly on the bone. Be careful, take care of your teeth! The services of a dentist in medical insurance for tourists in Tunisia are not included.
Potato lovers, rejoice. In Tunisia potatoes are loved and respected. Potatoes are always on the buffet - it's puree, baked with slices or slices, fried or fried. Potato salads are very popular.
Lovers of pasta, rejoice. Over the past decades, Tunisians have borrowed many dishes from Italy. Pasta in Tunisia is very popular. It is served in hotels for lunch and dinner. The cook cooks pasta with certain ingredients at home, you can even choose your own set.
Tunisians love and respect bread, but do not have the habit of eating it with other dishes. The bread is gorgeous. It is prepared as in the French manner - baguettes, rolls, croissants, and in the Arab manner - cakes of different shapes and sizes.
Separately it is worth noting how well the Tunisians adopted the French technologies for biscuit and flour products.
There are no exotic French products in Tunisia. That is, snails or frog legs can not be found here. By the way, frogs and snails in Tunis almost do not occur, the climate is inappropriate. Cheeses with mold are not produced in Tunisia. Probably, these French delights are as incomprehensible to the Arabs as to the rest of the world.
From dairy products to a buffet, do not wait for delight. Local cottage cheese and yoghurts most tourists value "on grade".
Cheeses do not shine with taste. And it's amazing! Tunisians stayed for 75 years in the status of the "French Protectorate", in fact, were a colony of France. But in those 75 years they have not learned to make good cheeses. This applies to the cheeses on the buffet in the hotel, and the cheeses in the store. Do not think that you can go to Tunisian Carrefour and buy some good cheese there.
Milk in Tunisia is not accepted to be added to dishes, it is drunk separately. At breakfast, the cook cooks an omelet only from eggs (without milk), even pancakes have an unusual taste, since they are made without the addition of milk.
Soups are prepared either Arabic - chorba and the like, or French - cream soups or vegetables. You will not find a Russian soup that is familiar here.
See the small photo gallery below, click on the photo to enlarge.
Resting in a seaside country, tourists are waiting for a lot of seafood. Here we are disappointed, in Tunisia seafood is not cheaper than in Russia. Now in the Mediterranean Sea every year, catch less shrimp, crab, mussels, squid and octopus. Probably, the reason for this is a bad ecological situation. At the Swedish tables in the hotels of Tunisia, seafood is rare.
There are a lot of fish, especially cheap breeds. At each dinner or dinner, there is at least one fish dish. Unfortunately, the method of cooking fish in Tunisia is one - season with spices and fry.
Attention! In Tunisia, it is not customary to separate fish fillets from bones. Fish are always fried in whole or in large pieces. Eat carefully, do not swallow bones.
Many tourists are waiting in Tunisia to see a lot of tuna. This is logical, because even the name of the country according to one of the versions came from the word "tuna" - "tuna". And 15 years ago there was a lot of tuna, it was cheap, at the buffet in hotels, every third dish was tuna.
Now the situation has changed for the better. Tuna fish is caught less, the prices for it are high, on a buffet it appears seldom. Usually, one dish with tuna is present - fried pieces, salad with tuna or Tunisian fricassee.
How does cooking fish and seafood look like in Tunisia, look at the photo below, click on the photo to enlarge.
Desserts and fruits
Tunisian chefs perfectly adopted from the French art of cooking biscuits, mousses and sweet cream. European cuisines and cakes on the buffet table are abundant to Russians.
The only problem is the relatively low quality of chocolate. Even in shops, any imported French chocolate is delicious, if the Tunisian chocolate is already a mediocre taste.
Eastern sweets are rarely served, even the national "macrod" cookies do not appear every day.
Fruit is always, the range depends on the season. In Tunisia, almost all kinds of fruits, loved by Russians, are grown, except for bananas.
Many tourists expect to see an abundance of dates, but expectations are not justified. The fact that the season dates in Tunis in October and November, and tourists come in the summer. It turns out that in the tourist season the new harvest is not yet ripe, and the dates of the last season are not the same.
Photos of desserts look in the small photo gallery below, click on the photo to enlarge.
Couscous - the main Tunisian dish is almost always present. Often there is a dish that completely repeats the Tunisian couscous, but from rice or millet. Tourists almost instantly sweep off the couscous, the upper meat and vegetables, the croup remains.
Bricks are made once a week, although there are hotels where briquets are served every day.
Shakshuk and marigolds - a rare phenomenon, thanks to the exotic dishes for European tourists.
Tunisian tajin - a frequent guest in hotels on a buffet. But its taste strongly depends on the composition of spices and herbs. It happens that tourists are ecstatic, it happens that they leave portions on plates.
Aja, felfel, mlukha, zitunia and other Tunisian dishes unusual for Europeans are not found in hotels. If you want to try them, you'll have to look for a good restaurant.
In the mini-gallery the photos are below from left to right: Tunisian tajin, briques, Tunisian fricassee, and marigolds. Click on the photo to enlarge.
Tradition "Oriental Night" is found in many hotels in Tunisia. In the evening on Friday, the buffet is filled only with oriental cuisine. For greater coloring of the event, musicians are invited in national costumes and decorate the hall with carpets, cushions with oriental patterns and other decor.
Now it is difficult to say exactly where this tradition was invented, as there are similar in Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and other resort Islamic countries.
This evening you can watch a real extravaganza of Tunisian dishes. Be sure to prepare bricks, you can try the potions and national salads. Do not miss, in some hotels they arrange a real culinary and ethnographic spectacle.
In Tunisia, many dishes of European cuisines are prepared. There is no way to re-count, even to classify the meaning is not. Just see the photo below, click to enlarge.
We hope that our review has given readers a good idea of the assortment of buffet in Tunisia.
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