A lot of Egyptian cuisine is a rich selection of hot and cold snacks (mezze) served on small plates, eaten with pita bread (aish balladi). A mezze is a big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word "mezze" means "taste" and/or "snack.”
You will find many small portions of delicious dishes that appeal to vegetarians. Mezze can include the following foods; Ful medames, Falafel (ta’amiya), Baba ghanoug, tahini, hummus, eggplant stuffed with garlic, tomatoes, oriental salad, olives & white bean salad.
The idea is to have the table filled with lots of small tastes of food to get you warmed up for the main course, which you are usually too full to eat!
Mezzes create wonderful social occasions as they encourage diners to share, talk, and make contact. These dishes are traditionally eaten with the fingers and scooped up with pieces of bread. These snacks can be eaten both for breakfast, lunch and dinner.