The Moroccan Cuisine
The Moroccan cuisine really does hit all your senses, visually from the stunning colours, and your sense of smell will be hit from the aroma of the wonderful spices. Each region has its own speciality, but the main dishes of Morocco really are the tagine, pastilla (also spelled Bsteeya or Bastilla) and of course couscous.
The tagine is traditionally cooked and served in a terracotta pot, and can be made from meat, chicken or fish it will typically be accompanied by Prunes or honey and vegetables.
The Pastilla is an elaborate meat pie, traditionally made with pigeon, but more commonly with chicken or fish these days. The Pastilla is highly regarded as the national dish.
One thing that you must do is go to a local restaurant. The food is cheap and varied so just try a few dishes. You will have to eat with your hands using bread to pick up the food and mop up the amazing flavours of the sauces – eat with your right hand only, especially if you are sharing dishes with others. A large tagine or coucous for several people is a real treat and you all tuck into your own sector – do not stray into other areas and definitely do not take from the middle or you will offend your host.
Along the coastline you will be spoilt with fresh fish dishes, every dish has a mix of meat or fish and vegetables with spices and sweet flavourings. For afternoon tea, you really must try the Moroccan pastries that you’ll find in the patisseries – with almonds and honey or sesame seeds you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.
The main drink in Morocco is Moroccan tea and a whole culture has been built around the preparation of this tea, it provides a great social event and is regarded as an art form. The main ingredients of the Tea are mint and sugar (lots of it), the tea is served from a teapot with a curved spout to allow the pourer to pour the tea from heights as much as half a metre. (the higher the better)Should you want a traditional English Tea, most places will accommodate you but you must ask for English tea or you will be served with the mint variety.
Moroccans are not fond of alcohol as it is considered not allowed (haram), whilst they are allowed to sell and buy alcohol they are not allowed to have it in plain view. This means that you can’t carry it in the streets and certainly can’t drink it in the streets. Only one of the large supermarkets sells alcohol, but there are special bottle stores, if you want alcohol, try and buy it before 7:00 pm as selling alcohol after this time is prohibited (Although some shop owners will bend the time a bit for tourists).
A lot of the restaurants are not licensed for Alcohol so you will be served juices or Coke with your dinner. If you want alcohol with your meal it is best to go to a major hotel or licensed restaurant.