Fez is very known by its cuisine. Not only Fez, but also all the Moroccan cities. This city has its special, typical and famous dishes; every tourist would fall in love with it after trying it.
There are different types of food, homemade food and street-food, and both of them can be found at homes, in street carts, or at restaurants.
Get to Know the Morocco Food
Starting from Traditional food, Couscous the most famous one in the whole country that it is mostly made on Fridays. But in Fez it is made in special ways according to the local flavors and typical ingredients. So there is Couscous with seven vegetables, that it is made with veggies like zucchini, pumpkin, carrots, potatoes… also chickpeas that it is really important, in addition to lamb, beef, or chicken.
Couscous is a kind of semolina that it is steamed twice, while preparing the veggies and meat in the other side. At the end they pour the couscous in a big plate and put over it the meat then the veggies and the dressings or the sauce on the top. It is eating by spoons and it is usually prepared when all the family is together.
There is another type of couscous, that is made only with meat (beef, lamb or chicken) and some raisins simmered with some onions, sugar and some spices like cinnamon. This kind of couscous has its occasions like a feast or any other ceremony. You can order a small plate in a restaurant on Friday with an affordable price.
Food for ceremonies in Fez
Fez food is really unique than other ones. So, let’s discover another famous dish in Fez, that is really famous and tasty; it is Basstilla. In Fez they prepare this dish in many ceremonies like the feast, wedding parties… It is made with many layers of a special dough that covers simmered chicken breast with eggs, almonds and other spices.
Basstilla is lovable by everybody and you can’t taste it without falling in love with it. So, it is cooked in the oven and then you eat it with soft sugar and cinnamon on the top. You can find it in small shops or in bakery’s in small sizes or sold by pieces in a cheap price.
Roasted Chicken also made for ceremonies like the previous one. It is a so delicious dish usually made for lunchtime and sometimes dinner. It is roasted in the oven and they put simmered onions and olives on the top, then you eat it using bread. Moroccans use bread with most of the dishes. You can find in some restaurants, you can take just the part you like from the chicken either the breast or the thigh and in an affordable price.
Also in ceremonies, they cook another famous dish which meat with plums; cooked in a specific way. This dish is really different from the other ones, it has another incredible taste. The meat and the plums are cooked separately, so, they put the meat first then simmered onions with plums and sugar are put on the top, and they add sesame.
One of the Moroccan Food secrets is onion it is used in most of the recipes. Every time the use is different from the other one, depends on the dish you’re going to cook. For example, Tagines with all its types, onion is very important except the Fish Tagine, it needs other essential ingredients like garlic.
Do Not Miss Street Food in Fez
You should eat in Fez the street Food, it is one of the things that every tourist must try when visit the city. Street food is always cheap and in affordable prices and very tasty. One of the most famous street food in Fez is a soup with snails, you can always find in winter, because it warms the person’s body. You can also find in other seasons like in Bab Boujloud.
This soup is given in small bowls, with a small chopstick to take the snail out from its cover and eat it. It is really so good specially the soup, it is made of many and many ingredients and herbs that give an incredible taste. You can also find a chickpeas soup it is also so good.
You can also find pastries like Msamen, Harcha, Baghrir… these ones are like pancakes, often made of semolina, wheat and flour. You eat them with either honey, butter, jam or cheese… with a cup of Tea with mint. Tea in Fez is way different than other cities, but we can’t deny that the Moroccan tea is the best.
In the medina you find many sellers, they have carts in the street selling different types of food or drinks. You should really try some kinds of juice, like the lemon, orange, dates ones. Also in some bakeries’ you find avocado, almonds or apple juice; you’ll not get enough of them. And of course the prices are always cheap, and always try to bargain.
The Most Famous Soup in Fez
We must not forget to talk about Chebakia, which is a type of sweets that goes with Harira soup. The sweet is fried and drown in honey, then put some sesame on the top, it tastes so good. About the Harira soup, is the most famous soup in the country, one of the amazing things everybody should try.
The soup has a red color cause of the tomatoes that is put in it, and chickpeas is the essential ingredient in it. It is made with not too many ingredients but it need a specific way to be ready. You can find it in some small restaurants in a very cheap price with a small piece of bread aside.
The Appetizers in The Moroccan kitchen
In the Moroccan cuisine, appetizers are essential especially when a family is going to host a guest. Zaalouk is so loved by almost everybody. It is made of eggplants and tomatoes that both of them are roasted then simmered on the stove adding some ingredients like garlic, cumin, salt of course, red pepper and olive oil. You can find it also some small restaurants sold in a small plate for a person in a very cheap price.
The Moroccan salad is the best and the cheapest. It has only tomatoes, onion, parsley olive oil and salt. It is so tasty, even if you want to try to make yourself, you will not have the same taste, nobody knows why.
In the medina in small street where there the market and a lot of shops of food, you should pay attention to a shop of Olives. Olives in Fez are the best, there are many different types, the black ones, the green, the spicy and more. You can buy the quantity you want starting from two dirhams.
Food in Fez is always the best, because it has the best quality and the taste. You can try all the types in affordable prices and you can take some of them as a meal for lunch or dinner, even in the breakfast but just some types like the pancakes that are mentioned on the top.