A lot of people can take a page out of El Qahirah’s story, Sydney’s new Egyptian food truck. Two cousins-in-law, George Kaldas and Isahc Soliman, who through a love of cooking for their family and friends have decided on a career change.
“George and I have always been told that my Fuul Medames and his Koshary are both really good”, Isahc explains. “One day we sat down and said, hey, lets really commit to this.”
From that conversation, El Qahirah was born. A food truck built on authenticity, tradition and passion. The pair are new to the hospitality industry but are ready to embrace it with open arms and with that are hoping Sydney embraces Egyptian street food.
“By and large in the food truck industry there is an abundance of hot dogs and burger type places and taco and pizza and Egyptian food isn’t represented.”
“There’s an education process as well, because Egyptian food hasn’t really been well known, there’s an educational opportunity for people to see if this appeals to them.” Isahc tells.
There is a simple menu of three dishes that include:
The Taameya, which will seem the most familiar, is an Egyptian falafel, however instead of a chickpea mixture, the base of the Taameya is made of fava beans and enhanced with a herb mixture of shallots, onion, garlic and parsley. This is served in an Egyptian pita called a baladi, with fresh pickles, tomato, cucumber onions and tahini.
The Fuul Medames, is a slow-cooked fava bean dish. It is rich with spices and dressed with oil and lemon juice. The simple yet filling dish, served in a baladi is an Egyptian breakfast mainstay.
And finally the Koshary, which is a layered, textural combination of noodles (macaroni pasta at El Qahirah), lentils and brown rice with crispy onions and spiced tomato salsa and of course “A little bit of a secret as well.” George explains coyly.
These three traditional dishes can be washed down with a refreshing hibiscus tea.
“You go to a corner eatery in Cairo, these dishes will be the same.”
The food is simple, traditional, fresh and vegetarian friendly. For more information on where to find the vibrantly decorated truck, follow El Qahirah on Facebook.