When people think of Israeli cuisine, they probably think primarily of Middle Eastern specialties like hummus and falafel. However, the country has much more to offer than just these dishes. Sufganiyot, for example, is a delicious version of the American donut. Lighter than the typical donut, a sufganiyot is filled with jelly or custard and topped with powdered sugar. The dessert is particularly popular around Hanukkah.
Another great Israeli dish, which originated in Georgia, is khachapuri. The dish includes a boat-shaped piece of crusty bread filled with butter, cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg. Fans can also try out shakshuka, a common breakfast and brunch dish. Shakshuka includes eggs poached in a pepper-and-tomato sauce and finished off with fresh parsley.
In terms of street food, shishlik is a favorite. Comprised of various types of meat, shishlik is marinated overnight and then charred quickly on a specialized grill called a mangal. Visitors may also find bourekas on the street. Made of phyllo dough or puff pastry, they are stuffed with a variety of fillings such as cheese, spinach, mashed potatoes, and mushroom.