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Fesikh fermented fish. Source: Tamer / Adobe Stock.

Egyptian Fesikh: This Food of the Pharaohs Could Kill You (Video)


In Egypt, a culinary tradition both captivating and treacherous holds sway: fesikh (fermented mullet fish), a dish that dances on the edge of danger. Despite annual warnings from the Ministry of Health, this fermented mullet fish continues to lure brave souls to its fragrant embrace. Ibrahim Shaheen, a steward of this ancient art, meticulously curates the transformation of raw fish into a delicacy that tantalizes taste buds and tempts fate. Embedded in the annals of Egyptian history, fesikh's origins trace back to the reign of pharaohs, when the fertile bounty of the Nile surrendered its fish to the sun-soaked shores. Salt and sand conspired to transmute these fish into a pungent masterpiece. Today, under Ibrahim Shaheen's guidance, the practice endures in a modern echo of ancestral wisdom.

Carefully sourced mullet fish is meticulously cured for up to 25 days, the fish develop their distinctive potency, embodying the essence of centuries-old secrets. For those drawn to the adventurous allure of fesikh, each succulent bite carries the weight of history and the thrill of a culinary gamble.

Top image: Fesikh fermented fish. Source: Tamer / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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