My images of this African country, before my Morocco solo travel, were only of colorful, busy medinas with narrow streets, wide beaches and huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean, breathtaking views of Atlas Mountains and enormous orange dunes of Sahara desert. I was looking forward so much to seeing and exploring all of these that I didn’t think even once about yet another really important aspect of my travels – the food. It’s probably because I wasn’t very familiar with the Moroccan cuisine, I’ve never tried any dishes from there except of maybe couscous that was prepared in a wrong way anyway.
Shortly after arriving to Marrakech and checking into my riad I went off to get some local food for dinner. The owner suggested a cheap place to try out on the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square but having bad experiences with restaurants in the main touristic places I didn’t have my hopes all that high. It turned out I was wrong, big time, and I returned for every dinner in Marrakech to that small restaurant wedged between other similar eateries. The food was outstanding and prices were ridiculously low! I ate in many places during my stay in Morocco but this one was, without doubts, the best!
So which dishes did I try in Morocco that stole my heart? It turned out that even being a vegetarian I had a lot of options to choose from – that doesn’t happen as often as I would like to! What’s more, every single dish I tried was exceptionally good! There were mostly delicious vegetables involved in every dish and I couldn’t be more happier!
Couscous with – the portion was served with boullion on the side to pour all over the plate to make the food softer and tastier. On the bottom of the soup plate there was lots of couscous, on top sat vegetables – carrot, zucchini, pepper and something else I couldn’t recognize but was good anyway. How can you not love a dish that consists so many good ingredients? And it was so filling. I was full for most of the day after eating it!
Tajine with vegetables – this typical Moroccan dish is made of vegetables only prepared in a special dish. Every time I had one I could find different ingredients in – potatoes, tomatoes, French beans, carrotts, zucchini, chickpeas, olives, brussel sprout… I believe it’s not important what you put inside but how you prepare it. Again it was extremely delicious, served still boiling, full of amazing Moroccan spices. This must have been my favourite dish in Morocco!
Moroccan bread – in most of the places you get it for free with your ordered dish, you can also buy it for as low as 1dh from many street sellers (when it’s often still hot from the oven). I liked to eat it as my snack during the day as it was fresh, fluffy and really delicious. But it goes really well with the salad or tajine too!
Moroccan salad – I had to go for it when in the local restaurant in Ouarzazate they run out of the other vegetarian food options. And it turned out to be one of the best salads I’ve ever had! It was really basic: rice, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, lettuce and something I couldn’t recognize but at the same time it was so damn good and it killed my hunger right away! And the price, 5dh or 0,50€ was definitely an advantage!
Mint tea – well, it’s not the dish itself but definitely an inherent element of Moroccan culture. The tea is super sweet, so sweet it twists your face. It’s extra thick and even if it’s served hot it’s the best for the thirst. The mint tea is served all over the country, from the Atlantic Ocean, through the old medinas to the High Atlas peaks and there’s the whole ritual of pouring it into a special glass involved (you can find on youtube many videos of how the Moroccans do it). It’s especially good when you have it with the awesome view in front of your eyes. Now, whenever I drink any kind of mint tea, it reminds me of this awesome drink I had in Morocco.
Fresh orange juice on Jemaa el-Fnaa – the most famous square in Marrakesh is full of stands selling freshly squeezed orange juice. It costs as low as 4dh (0,40€), the seller prepares it just there, in front of you and its served not in a crappy plastic cup but in a real glass. The juice is the best thing you can get to recover fastly after the crazy sightseeing in the narrow streets of medina and before admiring the street life of
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The food is and always has been an important part of my travelling. In Morocco it turned out to be one of the best aspects of my stay and I could easily decide for one more trip there, only to eat more and more of their awesome dishes! Now Moroccan cuisine is one of my favourites and I’m so glad I could discover it in the beautiful scenery of this north African country.
Have you tried any Moroccan food? Did you like it?
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