Last updated 14 June 2013 Posted in Countries, Middle East & Africa

  • Official country name: State of Israel
  • Size: 20,770 square kilometres (8,019 square miles)
  • Population: 8,024,200 (2013 est.)
  • Internet TLD: .il
  • Calling code: +972
  • GDP: $31,296 per capita
  • Major import partners: United States of America, China, Germany
  • Major export partners: United States of America, China, Hong Kong
  • Currency: New shekel (₪‎) (ILS)

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Vegetable salad is eaten with every meal during the day. Besides salad, one of the main dishes is chicken. Israelis love chicken and it is the most eaten meat in Israel. Food was supposed to be simple and healthy, but nowadays whole Israel is in love with fine and exotic food. The diverse population of Israel makes its cuisine unique. In Israel there will always be something you like. Recently McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Burger King opened in Israel. McDonalds and Burger King are even kosher in Israel. Even though there is a broad variety, Israelis will always serve some salad, hummus or falafel together with what you have ordered. Keeping in mind that most of the Israelis eat kosher which means that they do not eat pork, shellfish is important, and when dining or cooking dairy products should never be mixed with meat.

In Israel, just as with food, there is a broad variety when it comes to drinks. In Israel, all the big international soft drink brands are available but besides the big brands Israel has its own typical drinks. Sahlab is a thick, milky drink which is made of powdered bulb of the orchid plant; this drink is mainly sold in markets and street vendors. Because of the diverse population there is a large diversity of food. For the business person who wants to eat something intriguing but nice there is the lamb heart stuffed with rice, almonds, and spices or skewers of grilled hearts, chicken, and goose livers which the Israeli love to eat.

Like almost every other country in the Middle East, there is a possibility buy a meal on the street. A typical street food in Israel is Falafel which is basically fried balls or patty of spiced field beans or chickpeas. Falafel is usually served in a pita with some vegetable salad, hummus and Harif, which is a hot sauce. Falafel is the favourite street food in Israel. Other typical street food in Israel is Shawarma this is usually made with turkey and with lamb fat added, this is also served in pita-bread. Shakshouka are fried eggs in tomato sauce with some vegetables and of course they serve all kinds of sandwiches like the Tunisian sandwich or the Sabih which is a traditional sandwich with fried eggplant, hardboiled egg and salad.