Top 10 Moroccan Street foods
One thing you should know is that Moroccan Street Foods are slightly different from one region to another: Each region in Morocco has its way of cooking and preparing food. Yet, they are all authentic.
These are the top 10 Moroccan Street foods that you need to be aware of and should try:
- Khobz/ Moroccan Bread
- Bessara Soup
- Steamed Sheep Head
- Snails and Snail Soup
- Chicken and Beef Shawarma
The video below talks about some Moroccan street foods:
1. Khobz/ Moroccan Bread
Using communal wood-fired ovens, Moroccans bake a very mouthwatering crusty bread. It is called khobz.In the local market “souks,” many vendors sell and serve all kinds of bread:
- Khobz d’smida.
- Pan-fried loaves
- Waistline-busting loaves.
Some of the other types of bread are:
- Baghrir: It is a spongy bread with a delicate texture that feels light and soft. It is often called a “thousand holes pancake” (Moroccan type).
- Rghaif: It is a flaky, layered flatbread similar to Msamen.
- Harsha: It is buttery bread made of fine semolina and milk. It looks like an English muffin and has a cornbread-type texture and taste. It is appetizing, particularly when served hot right from the grill. Harcha is eaten mostly at breakfast time, with tea or coffee.
They are mouthwatering when served:
- Hot/warm with cheese.
- Jam or Moroccan honey.
2. Bessara Soup
Bessara soup is a tasty dried fava bean dip or dried split peas. This humble and delicious soup is famous in Morocco, which is why it is among the top 10 Moroccan street foods. Thus, it is a street type of food and a homemade comfort type of food. It is believed that Bessara preserves body temperature, especially during wintertime. Yet, some Moroccans drink all year long as it is part of the culture.
Bessara soup is served while warm from a heated communal dish. It is served in individual bowls or deep plates. Moroccans mostly use crusty bread, “Khobz” for dunking or scooping the soup, or use spoons. Thus, you should try this incredible dish as it is one of the most mouth-watering Moroccan street foods.
Here is how Bessara is made:
- They simmer the dried split peas fava bean in water.
- They soak them all day or overnight for easy cook.
- They cook it for 1 hour and 20 minutes to be ready for serving.
- They seasoned it with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
- They served it pureed with cumin, paprika, and olive oil.
- They serve with it harissa on the side as flavourings or cayenne pepper. This is if you like it to be spicy before being served.
3. Steamed Sheep Head
Steamed Sheep Head is not surprising to be among the top Moroccan street foods. Steamed Sheep Head is mainly served on the day of the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice called “Eid al-Adha.” Sidenote: During Eid, some people eat the head for breakfast after a home slaughter on Eid’s days, while others eat the following day.
Here is how it is prepared:
- The head is charred over coals to make sure it is completely blackened.
- They scrape off the burnt fur and skin.
- The head is cut into smaller pieces for easy cook. The brain is removed in the process.
- The head is steamed for about three hours to ensure it is well-cooked to be served.
- They use spices, primarily salt and cumin on the side, for a mouthwatering flavour.
Morocco is well known for being the world’s largest exporter of sardines. They are the most classic example of Moroccan street foods. Thus, it is one of the main meals and an essential component of the Moroccan diet. They are either served as a starter, alongside a cooked main dish, or on the go.
Fried sardines dish and grilled sardine sandwiches represent a crucial component of Moroccan street foods. They are so tasty and irresistible because of their mouthwatering flavours. Sardines that are primarily served in local markets are stuffed with:
- Olive oil.
- Garlic, paprika.
- Cumin, coriander.
- Lemon juice, chilli.
You could call Brochettes Queens or the kings of barbecue in Morocco. They are made in many easy, quick and delicious recipes. Preparing brochettes is well known for producing a cloudy area full of smoke, which you will experience when you go to local markets. While in local markets, you could order either spicy or not spicy brochettes.
- Cayenne pepper.
- Salt, Paprika and Cumin.
- Harissa, which is a Moroccan red pepper sauce.
6. Snails and Snail Soup
Snail soup is a well-known soup in local markets and is widespread across the country. When you visit local markets, you will see stalls selling steaming bowls of snail soup. These soups have an earthy flavour or shitake mushroom flavour.
- It helps with liver diseases.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It helps with digestive system problems.
- Snails are a low-calorie source of protein. They are full of valuable vitamins and essential minerals.
This is because a snail contains:
- Vitamins A, E, K and B12.
- 80% water, 15% protein, and 2.4% fat.
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Calcium, Fatty acids, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium.
How it is made:
The snails are simmered in a broth containing many natural and valuable ingredients. These include aniseed, Arabic gum, thyme, mint, caraway, and licorice.
The flavoured Snail soup is mixed with up to 15 different spices. The snails are eaten out of the bowl with a toothpick.
Moroccans drink Harira frequently throughout the year, which is highly consumed in the winter. This is because it can be considered a complete meal when it is made with rich ingredients. However, it is particularly popular during the month of Ramadan. Thus, it is served to break the fast after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Harira is one of the most healthy Moroccan street foods.
Harira is made in many different ways and with many different spices. The process of making the soup depends on the region where it is made in Morocco. Harira is part of the Moroccan Legacy. Many Harira recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Yet, you can also make it how you like it.
- Celery, leaf parsley.
- Olive oil, grated onion.
- Rice, chunks of lamb ginger.
- Tomatoes past, uncooked rice.
- Flour, lentils, chickpeas, cilantro.
- Black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric.
Harira is served in restaurants, hotels and streetside carts. It is called a crowd-pleaser soup when served at local markets ”souks.” This is because it is made, nutrients rich and affordable.
Slurping your way through a bowl of Harira is not something that you will be struggling with. The soup is so tasty, and one bowl may not be enough. It is mainly served with:
- Dates, boiled eggs.
- Sweet pastries such as appetizing “Chebakia.”
- It can be served as a filling lunch, light supper, or side dish.
It is not by surprise that Msamen is among the top Moroccan street foods. Msamen is Moroccan specialty flaky pancakes. It is a crêpe with a soft flatbread in a flattened square-shaped or round shape. Msamen can be served in many ways.
For lunch or supper meal: It is stuffed with fillings which include grounded meat “kefta.”, and spicy herbs, Onions and Vegetables.
It is topped with butter, honey or even cheese with a cup of tea or coffee for breakfast. It is a favoured early morning meal for breakfast.
Some people make a homemade syrup to use with Msamen, which is a real treat for the taste buds. They melt butter and honey in a pan together until hot. They then use the mix with Msamen while it is a worm to give it a desired flavoured.
Merguez is a thin long spicy mutton or beef-based fresh Moroccan sausage pack. Merguez is grilled ground lamb, beef, or a mixture. They are made using beef mince, lamb mince, or both. The minced meat is mixed with spices such as harissa (a spiced chilli paste) and paprika. It is prevalent across the country. Therefore Merguez is one of the fantastic Moroccan street foods that you should give a try, and you will not be disappointed,
When served, Merguez sausage goes perfectly with a dipping sauce. This sauce is made from mouthwatering spicy tomato salsa style.
10 Chicken and Beef Shawarma
Moroccan shawarma is one of the Moroccan street foods, it can either be beef kind or chicken. They are separately and slowly cooked on a rotisserie after being seasoned. Then, they are shaved off in thin slices into pita bread. They are served on a plate, in a sandwich or in a wrap. Moroccans make shawarma very distinctively, so you can choose sides and toppings with the shawarma. These sides’ choices may include Tahini, Hummus, Pickled vegetables, Salad, or anything else of your choice the vendors are offering.
- Ginger, Oregano.
- Turmeric, Lemon juice.
- Cumin, Cinnamon, paprika.
There some many other Moroccan street foods that are not listed above. You will surely be amazed by so many other mouthwatering Moroccan street foods when you have a chance to visit Morocco, and you will see and experience all kinds of food that will be unforgetful to you.
One thing that you should know is that you can learn how to make some Moroccan street foods. As you know, nowadays, there are so many resources that you can use to teach yourself how.
Moroccan street foods are always priced reasonably, so everybody in Morocco, including tourists, has them frequently.
Even though they are called street food, All Moroccan street foods can be made for big ceremonies and even according to the region and locations in Morocco.