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Israel: Most Vegan Country In The World

June 6, 2017

Israel: The World’s Most Vegan Friendly Country

  • Dominos Pizza launched their FIRST-EVER vegan pizza in Israel
  • There is actually a Vegan birthright trip
  • 13% of the population are vegan or vegetarian

Israel is known for many things it’s wild nightlife, diverse landscape, religion and… for being the most vegan country in the world! After I walked the border from Egypt to Israel – Egypt definitely set the food bar high.

Israeli Vegan Food so delicious, it made me hummmmmmm with delight

It was like all the goodness, all the energy, all the power of the universe, was being poured into me, into my mouth. From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and all above and in between I miraculously ate well! I don’t need anything more then falafel and hummus bowls, but if you are fancier then me and want to go beyond falafel and hummus then Israel has a plethora of vegan restaurants and many places have some vegan dishes or are willing to accommodate vegans.

According to Happy Cow there are a whopping 354 vegan & vegetarian restaurants in the tiny country of Israel and Israel is a small country, home to 8 million people. To put things in perspective, London (& Greater London) is home to around 9 million people!

During the past couple of years, many new vegan options for dining have popped up, as the growing awareness to the cruelty-free vegan lifestyle is creating demand for a fresh, tasty and exciting new vegan options as more Israelis go vegan. Also – the price of meat is expensive in Israel, so being vegan is the more economical option

 their military have even adjusted its menu to offer two to three vegan options daily, with extras on Mondays. In other words Meatless Mondays.

There is no doubt that Israeli cuisine is heavily influenced other cultures partly the ones surrounding Israel and the foundation on which Israel stands. Middle Eastern influences are heavy saturated in the Israeli plate.

According to statistics: Israel is the most Vegan country in the world

Here’s a quick list of everything I ate in Israel.

Hummus

I’m just going to say it, Israeli’s are obsessed with Hummus. Seriously, they even have lists of their top 5 Hummus bars in their country and they argue about it. Anyway – Israel is Hummus heaven, you can find Hummus plain, hummus topped with mushrooms, hummus with spices… The best hummus I ate was in Israel Rosh Pinna and in Abu Gosh.

p.s. Did you hear about the group of Chinese tourists that paid about $3000 for hummus in Israel? what a rip off!

Falafel

I prefer my falafel deep fried then baked. Yummy! You can find falafel stands everywhere in Israel

Stuffed Vine Leave (Dolma)

Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East and surrounding … In Aleppo, the word يبرق yabraq refers to stuffed vine leaves, while محشي maḥshī refers to stuffed cabbage leaves and stuffed vegetables

Sabich

This is the best sandwich in the world. Aubergine (eggplant), tahini and salad. You can optionally put in Amba (mango chutney) and pickled cucumbers (which I think ruins it with the overpowering taste). It is usually served with egg which you can ask to be removed.

Sambusak

Sambusak is an Israeli version of the Indian Samosa, just with chickpeas and spices. Perfect snack with the perfect crunch

Pita Bread

Good ole’ hearty pita bread (can be found everywhere)

Pita at the souq on Khaled ibn al-Waleed street, in the old city of Nablus, West Bank

Basbousa

And for dessert: basbousa (also known as ravani), an Eastern Mediterranean treat commonly found in Israeli bakeries, comprised of semolina soaked in a simple syrup. Some recipes include butter, so ask before hand.

Dates

You know I love my dates, sweet dates everywhere 😉

 

Vegan Shakshouka

Green and red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, chilli, onions, paprika and spices creates a hearty sauce cooked in a hot iron cast skillet and bread on the side. All you need to recreate this North Africa/Middle Eastern dish which is a staple in the Israeli diet. They eat it as breakfast, my perfect breakfast! Normally it is served with a fried egg but we’re vegan so ours is egg-less.

Israeli Salad

You’ll always find an Israeli salad at the side of every dish! Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves. It goes great with everything specially stuffed in your falafel pitta. Although… It kinda looks the same as the Egyptian Salad 😐

Tahini

Tahini is the sesame sauce that melts perfectly into everything. It consists of just sesame paste, water, salt, lemon and garlic. You can optionally add parsley. Finally.. I can make tahini. Everybody I met in Israel made Tahini and I watched with a keen eye. Now I can make my own.

Bonus: And for Shabbat…. CHOLENT

Cholent is a traditional Jewish stew. It is usually simmered overnight for 12 hours or more, and eaten for lunch on Shabbat (the Sabbath).  The basic ingredients of cholent are meat, potatoes, beans and barley. You can get a meatless one. In my opinion Cholent is too thick. I mean… barley, potatoes and beans, you’re definitely asking for a clogged up throat. It is also chewy which I don’t favour. I went all the way to the most fanatic Jewish neighbourhood in the world, Mea Sherim to get it

Links:

Vegan

I ruined a deal with Tahini running down my face

One Month In Israel – My Travels

Vegan Tunisian Food

Egyptian Vegan Food

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jenny November 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Great feed. I love Cholent! I know it is a bit hard to get used to though

  • Reply Marina November 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Lived in Jerusalem recently for 5 years, and yes, it is vegan heaven! Although everything is definitely drowning in oil which sucks… but still! Missing hummus so bad now because of you!!! 🙂
    By the way, seems you love Sephardic food much more than Ashkenazi. I feel the same way! I love Arab food – so flavorful!

    • celina sky
      Reply celina sky December 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Haha, hummus is life.

      I have to looking into Sephardic food and Ashkenazi foods.. not quite familiar…

  • Reply Bablofil June 17, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Thanks, great article.

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