I don’t consider myself foodie, but I love eating different foods when I travel. For some reason, locals always seem to direct me to the fast restaurants. Going to Morocco was no different, but I managed to get a food tour through the Medina with Marrakech Food Tours on our free afternoon in Marrakech. In addition to visiting the local baker who bakes and sells bread for local shops and neighbors, we ate street and traditional Moroccan food, snacks, and desserts. If you’re interested in trying Moroccan food and drinks, here are some that are definitely worth trying.
Moroccan Tea is a traditional “welcome drink”. You can find it in coffee shops, hotels or when entering a local’s home.
If you prefer coffee over tea, make sure you try nous nous which is half milk, half espresso. If you go into any local cafe and order nous nous, they know to serve you as a local. Find out how to make traditional Moroccan nous nous in this post by Maroc Mama.
Tangia & Tagine
Tangia & tagine are dishes named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. Tagine is made in a pot with a conically shaped top while Tangia is made in pots that look like vases. Tangia is a local dish in Marrakech of mainly beef or lamb. Our tour guide mentioned that Tangia is a “bachelor’s meal” since it only consists of meat.
The couscous in Chefchaouen was so good, I had it again during our food tour in Marrakech. What I loved about stopping in this shop was it was located in a special souk area for widowed women and mothers. Men are traditionally the breadwinners in Moroccan culture, but it is nice to know that there is an opportunity for women to generate a source of income for themselves and their children. The restaurant owner also collects lunch orders and caters for souk shop owners.
Poms is an apple-flavored soft drink. Dining in restaurants, coke products were recommended, but when we were offered poms, we fell in love! It honestly reminded me of a solo Apple J from Trinidad. My friends loved it so much, they bought bottles from a local supermarket.
After a while, we DID get tired of eating Moroccan food, but the meals we ate were so good. On my next visit, I hope to try some Pastilla and more of the desserts.
Have you tried Moroccan food before?