Shakshuka, a breakfast dish popular throughout the Middle East, traditionally consists of eggs served in a spicy tomato stew in a cast-iron pan. However, everywhere in Tel Aviv, more restaurants abstain from eggs to offer guests a vegan version.
Jewish News Page Forward reports that Shakshuka, though of North African descent, is considered a flagship breakfast in Tel Aviv. With the growing popularity of a herbal diet throughout the city, which some consider "the vegan capital of the world", restaurateurs are getting creative by offering an egg-free version. Also Dr. Shakshuka, a nearly 30-year-old restaurant, offers a vegan shakshuka made from mushrooms and eggplant.
Every company has a different approach to the traditional dish. A restaurant offers round vegetable dumplings instead of poached eggs. Another is served with tofu in a roasted pepper and tomato sauce. Anastasia, a health-conscious joint voted the best vegan restaurant in Tel Aviv, provides a realistic visual experience by swapping eggs for tofu and polenta. It is served with bread, olives and some spreads.
Veganism in Israel
"When veganism gained prominence in Israel about six years ago, breakfast was one of the categories that had to be seriously addressed because it was always serious based on eggs and cheese," [1
According to 2017, Israel has the highest percentage of vegans per capita in the EU, and many consider Israel the top vegan destination Travelers find more than just free Shakshuka: According to Independent, there are more than 400 vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tel Aviv alone.Sultana, a vegan shawarma store, uses layers of wild mushrooms instead of meat.
The country is at the forefront of the shift to vegan food: plant restaurants thrive and are easily accessible to the one million Israelis – of eight million inhabitants – the ke eat in meat, "said Jason Baker, vice president of international campaigns for PETA Asia, to Intermountain Jewish News.
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