North African cuisine is known for being filled with flavour, and so any trip to Tunisia needs to include exploring the lovely local food. For a savoury treat, try brik, a pastry triangle typically stuffed with egg, parsley and tuna, but you can also find it with other stuffing options as well. Fricasse is one of the popular street food picks here and once you’ve tried it, you’ll know why! The tasty snack is a savoury doughnut with a unique filling of tuna, olives, boiled egg, boiled potato and harissa. If you enjoy lighter meals, cous cous is a typical element in Tunisian cuisine, which you can enjoy with meat, fish or vegetables and lots of flavour. The Tunisian Salad is another option, which is the complete opposite of the bland, watery salad you might be thinking of. This is a perfect mix of beans, onion, tomato, potatoes, egg and tuna with a lemon or Harissa dressing. A Mechouia salad offers another unique alternative to the typical salad and instead relates more to a stew or salsa. This must-try dish is a hearty combination of red pepper, onions, tomatoes, lemon, oil, hard-boiled eggs and tuna. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the scrumptious Tunisian take on doughnuts – bambalouni. These are the best when still hot and are usually sprinkled in sugar or drizzled in honey.
You may think that us Brits love a good cup of tea, but tea is actually Tunisia’s national drink! Mint tea is the main brew that they drink as it keeps the locals feeling refreshed on a warm day. If you’re ever offered a cup of mint tea, make sure to take it as it can be considered rude if you refuse it. Green tea and black tea are also on most menus too, for those who aren’t a fan of mint. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, the national beer is Celtia – a refreshing lager that is perfect on a hot summer’s day.