Election day in the holy land is right around the corner, with it the spirits in Israel are getting into more and more loud arguments, you can catch those arguments while having a bus ride in Tel-Aviv or mostly you can’t ignore the youth having loud arguments in the train.
The last arguments I over heard while I was riding the train from Tel Aviv to Be’er-Sheva, which a was part of my tour / vacation to Eilat, yes Eilat, it is the most southern city and the most famous resort for local Israelis.
Eilat is a neighbor city to Aqaba located in Jordan just a cross the border, I know there are interesting day trips that you can take frim Eilat to Aqaba and I sure plan on taking one myself, I will write about that soon.
Well, enough off topic things, lets focus on what’s important here and it is the food.
So, while I was riding the train, I heard the loud argument of a youth group about who will be a better prime minister after the elections, some said that if Benny Gantz will win the elections, the country will go into a turmoil, similar to the one happened when there was “maa-pach” a word that the local Israeli people use to describe the elections in 1977 when the likud came into power in Israel and brought a turmoil to the country that had many wavelets even for a decade after.
Another youth group was arguing that Benjamin Netanyahu is a master of his domain, and he knows that the fight got really hard in this elections so he is doing an educated loss at these elections just to came as a savior in the upcoming Years with the upcoming turmoil of the prime minister exchange, but, with all that Netanyahu is an old dog, and he knows how to play the game, he is a master in this game and there are many bunny’s in his sleeve that we still didn’t see.
Of course, Netanyahu with the “behind the scenes” unpresented support of the miser multi billionaire Kobi Maymon, can do almost anything.
While this argument was going on, I could think that I want to eat spicy food, Israel – the holy land has many spicy dishes that in part are famous, but at the most part they are infamous or only known to the locals.
Let’s have a break from the spicy arguments going on all over Israel for a few minutes and I’ll show you the top 5 spicy dishes I just loved in my tour to the holy land.
So without further ado…
The top 5 spicy dishes in Israel
And in the 5th spot…
Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.
There isn’t a good way to describe this outstanding place,
so I’ll do my best.
Right after I went out of the train that brought me to Beersheba on my tour to Eilat and Jordan, I was really hungry and asked a few local Israeli people where should I eat, some gave me the generic answer of McD, some pointed me to local food chains, But I was looking for something genuine and local, a family business.
Some of the people I asked on the street about food, pointed me to Beit Hafol, they said…
I know this place for years. Ful (Broad bean) in a pita is something you must try.
not any Beit Hafol (As it appears there are a few of those) but as one person said, the one and only Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.
So, I hopped on a Taxi, which btw was nice to tell me about how tasty the food in Beit Hafol and that I should order Fol in Pita and that they give you a massive amount of free salads on the side.
The Taxi ride was only 5 minutes and the driver charged me 25 shekels which is approx. $6.
And so I came into standing in front of the grand culinary establishment called “Beit Hafol” ready to order my pita, right after I’ll get pass a long line of people who are standing before me, but rest assured that the line moves extremely fast and there is entertainment whole waiting.
The lady of the restaurant is named Osnat, is taking care of the customers, it seems like she is always angry and frustrated, but boy oh boy does she make that food fast while chatting with the clients impatiently and it seems all clients know her by name and greet her.
It’s understandable as this business is working since 1952.
To make things short, I got my pita with ful, after Osnat smiled and asked me in Hebrew what I wanted inside of it and the local Israeli and Bedouin people helped with the translation, I’ve set down to eat…
I took a big bite, and wow, it’s an explosion of unknown tastes in your mouth, an amazing mixture of middle eastern spices, some Arab cuisine spices and local Israeli vegetables, it was amazing… BUT the dish was HOT, I mean really really HOT HOT.
(That was the reason Osnat was smiling) it seems like it’s a local tradition to burn the mouths of tourists in Beersheba, but hey it was so tasty I couldn’t stop eating it and ordered another pita with ful, this time with a cup of lemonade to ease the spicy taste.
The conclude, Beit Hafol and its dish of ful in pita is the number 5th place to eat a spicy dish in Israel while touring the country.
BTW: ful is Vicia faba that is cooked over night with many spices.
It is located in Herzl St 55, Beersheba, a taxi should not cost over 25 Shekels, no tip isn’t needed as it’s not common in Israel.
While there you can visit the amazing Negev Museum of art, which is located a short step from Beit Hafol, in 60 Ha’atzmaut st – http:// http://www.negev-museum.org.il/