Soup harnesses flavour of sea

Soup harnesses flavour of sea

TUNIS - When travelers think of eating out and getting some simple food at a restaurant in Tunisia, a soup called shorba is highly recommended.

Shorba, means "soup" in Arabic, but here in Tunisia this is narrowed down to mean a fish soup.

The Tunisian people are fond of seafood, which seems natural as the country faces the Mediterranean Sea.

"Le Nil," a restaurant that's a bit down-to-earth near Tunis' main Bourguiba street, serves a tomato-based shorba full of chunks of white fish meat and bulgur wheat.

A mere sip of the soup will allow customers to savour the fish and the flavor of the broth.

For Middle East-based workers like me who usually eat meat dishes such as kebab at restaurants, the soup really lifts one's spirits.

A bowl of the soup costs 4 Tunisian dinar (S$2.38) at the restaurant.

The restaurant also serves many other seafood dishes, such as tomato sauce-based pasta with shrimp and squid.

"I have regular Japanese customers who come here to eat fish," the restaurant's owner Mohammed, 70, said proudly.

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