Dotted around the Medina in Marrakech is what at first glance looks merely like rundown household 70s tiled kitchens but be mistaken as they hold the source of a simple street food that feeds a large selection of the Marrakech population.
A large bowl of cooked potato’s and a separate dish of eggs make the basis of this wonderfully simple but delicious traditional meal. For 5 Dirhams (0.35p) you receive a sandwich that melts in your mouth. Freshly baked bread, delivered on motorbikes with enormous attached wicker baskets on their rear, populates these stalls several times throughout the day. These are filled in front of you with recently cooked hot potato and your choice of free range of warehouse eggs, with the addition of cream cheese if requested. Topped off with a helpful drizzling of beautiful fragrant olive oil and cumin, this is a Moroccan street food treat at its most basic level.
Visit number 110 (pictured) in the Jemaa El Fna mobile restaurant market for a more vibrant sit down culinary experience among the countless hungry locals. Although costing slightly more, 8 Dirhams/ 0.60p, this is the best place to feast on these Moroccan sandwich delicacies. You will not be disappointed.
Bread, or Khobz in Moroccan dialect Arabic, is a staple in Morocco and this is most evident its abundance in what seems like every other shops front while walking round the Medina. Baguettes are eaten for breakfast while a soft round alternative called Kesra accompanies plentiful tagine, salad or sardine lunches and evening meals.
Wasted food is not seen in Morocco and as a result you will find in kitchens and homes any post meal leftover bread is collected in a bag to be used again. As is so obvious by the Islamic hospitable mentality of Morocco, Muslim brother and sisterhood denotes that none should go hungry if food is plentiful.
Bread is distributed to those in need such as the rag and bone men who wander the Medina’s derbs calling out for peoples unwanted items, or the well respected, cherished and looked after beggars who are an active part of the Moroccan society. Anything else is collected (pictured) by good willing locals and given to the countries plentiful cats, donkeys or other animals.
As a representation of an ingrained recycling culture, the people of Morocco humbly value what they have but also what they can do for others. Another reason to visit the Riads of Marrakech enjoy the company of, value this culture and learn from these giving people in such a vibrant and warming city as Marrakech.
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