Food in Morocco is something that will concern you due to both the limited options and low quality of the dishes! The three elements that prevail in Moroccan cuisine are Tajine, cumin and mint tea! Mint tea is consumed all day long and it accompanies every meal, since alcohol consumption is forbidden in the country. It is excellent in taste and it is served with either fresh or dry mint…All year long! Tajine is something that you will also find EVERYWHERE! It occupies 70% of the menus, but it is not food! It is the clay pot in which the most famous dishes of the Moroccan cuisine are cooked. Every dish is accompanied by baked vegetables, salad or couscous and dressed in a plethora of spices; the most usual among them is cumin! You will find it in dishes with meat, vegetables and rice, in soups and sandwiches, in pies and even deserts!!
Restaurants in Morocco are many, with most of them not serving quality dishes. Only dine in restaurants recommended by legitimate websites or by your Riad*. The average cost for a complete meal with soft drinks or tea is merely 7€ per person!
Do not leave Morocco without having tried chicken, beef, vegetables and meatballs (with eggs) in Tajine, the hand-made couscous with seven different vegetables, the Harira soup and fresh fish from the seas of Oualidia and Eshawira. The most daring can try the Bastilla (pie with chicken, lamb or fish and raisins, cinnamon, powdered sugar, saffron) and snail soup. For those with a strong stomach, there is street food that costs just 1€ or even less! Try the maakouda (pie made from potato), sardines with tomato, Moroccan pizza, brochettes (something like the greek souvlaki) and sandwich with minced meat-sausage-egg-vegetables. To sweeten up, you will find the chebakia (fritters with honey) and dates! Also, at the stands among the Souks you will find prickly pears. They are delicious, dirt cheap and full of nutritional value! Finally, try a glass of fresh orange or pomegranate juice, which you will come across on dozens of stands.
Food in Morocco
? No matter how “strong” your stomach is, pack some Rifacol pills (or whichever your doctor recommends)…The food and water in the country are full of microbes and they can cause various stomach disorders!
? Prefer to drink only bottled water. (Do not be afraid to drink tea made with tap water, as it is boiled and all the microbes are killed.)
? Do not trust guides. 99.9% of them get commission to take you to restaurants with food of mediocre-bad quality!
? * Small Riads will recommend you restaurants from which they take commission (and, usually, they are of low quality).