The Travel Tester takes you on a tasty journey alongside one of the best of conventional Moroccan meals in the souks of Marrakech with Marrakech Food Tours. Hope you are hungry.
Our week-long journey in Morocco with G Adventures Journey began in Cassablanca and ended in Marrakech and this loopy metropolis couldn’t have been a extra good ending to our epic journey!
Whereas every part we noticed and did on the journey was already superb, one of many experiences I had been wanting ahead to for a very long time (we booked this WELL in advance, as areas refill shortly) was the Marrakech Food Tour that’s run by our buddies Youssef en Amanda from the weblog marocmama.com.
We’d met this pretty American-Moroccan couple for the primary time again in Finland in 2014 and since then have seen them launch and efficiently run their meals tour enterprise from scratch! Youssef grew up in Marrakech and for each cease that they add to their excursions, they ask themselves: “Would Youssef’s mother eat the food here?“. The question is then quickly followed by another question, namely: “Would Amanda’s mother be scared to go inside?”. Haha!
I feel this sums up completely what we search for in a meals tour: a showcase of meals locations that we’d not discover or dare to into ourselves, however the place the meals is sweet sufficient for the locals to eat and luxuriate in their meals.
Let have a close-up look to what this tour has to supply.
SPOILER ALERT: We’ll present you the whole lot we ate in any respect the stops, so should you’d quite be stunned, scroll all the best way right down to learn our verdict!
What we’ll cowl in this text
- 1 MARRAKECH FOOD TOURS REVIEW
- 2 Sensible Info
MARRAKECH FOOD TOURS REVIEW
Earlier than happening the journey, we didn’t learn another critiques of the tour and trusted Amanda and Youssef with our lives, principally. We actually didn’t know what sort of meals to anticipate, which I feel made the tour a bit extra thrilling. It’s good to notice maybe, that each Nick and me will not be fussy eaters in basic and are fairly open to making an attempt new issues, however hey, you by no means know what we’d come throughout, proper?
We did have a fast look on the web site of Marrakech Food Tours to pick the tour we needed. We have been amazed by the vary of excursions on supply (we keep in mind the times that Amanda began with only one tour!!). There are a number of choices now that may have you ever style the actual Marrakech. Here’s a fast overview:
Night Road Food Tour
That is the tour we did! It takes about three,5 hours and takes you across the highlights in the Medina of Marrakech. Questioning what to anticipate? Hold studying our evaluate!
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The Medina Combine Strolling Tour
In about three,5 hours, you’ll expertise a mix of road meals and sit down restaurant stops displaying you basic Moroccan dishes that aren’t sometimes on menus. All the meals gadgets on this tour are totally different from the road meals tour and also you’ll be exploring the Southern medina, so all the things might be model new!
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Ijoukak Valley Day Journey and Lunch
On this Eight-10 hours day journey, you’ll be pushed (all transport included) to the Ijoukak Valley in the guts of the Atlas Mountains (about 100 km from Marrakech) to expertise an area meal and rural Berber village expertise. You’ll go to the close by 12th century Tin Mal mosque and get to see the craftsmanship that goes into hand-throwing tajines – and perhaps even attempt it your self!
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Imlil House Meal Expertise
After you get picked up by an English-speaking driver out of your lodge, you’ll cease in the village of Asni (or one other native market) to get a style of a rural Moroccan market. From right here, you’ll be transported by way of mule or you possibly can take a simple hike to benefit from the Excessive Atlas Mountains. In Imlil, an genuine Berber village and the start line for these climbing Mount Toubkal, you’ll have lunch on the terrace of an Amazigh (Berber) house, full with a tea making ceremony! For an additional charge, you can too do an moreover a bread baking or weaving class. You’ll be out and about for roughly 7 hours. Please notice that this can be a associate expertise that isn’t run, however examined and extremely really helpful by Marrakech Food Tour.
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Lunch in the Desert
Don’t have a lot time, however nonetheless wish to see the desert and luxuriate in a particular Moroccan lunch? That is the tour for you! In about four hours, you’ll go to the Agafay Desert (approx. 45 minutes from Marrakech, transport included) and feast on a gourmand, multi-course Moroccan lunch in a personal tent. You’re free to chill out, or take an (elective) camel journey earlier than your meal.
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Secret Picnic Day Journey
This particular tour will whisk you thru the villages of the Excessive Atlas Mountains to a secret picnic vacation spot! With a personal driver, you set out for all the day to a secluded location to take pleasure in a This picnic isn’t simply sandwiches and potato chips, no it’s a Moroccan picnic feast! Please observe that this can be a associate expertise that isn’t run, however examined and extremely beneficial by Marrakech Food Tour.
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Personal (Purchasing) Tours
In addition to these excursions (as if it wasn’t sufficient), on restricted foundation you can too ebook a personal meals tour or personal buying tour. These are nice should you’re with a bigger group, have particular dietary necessities or wish to get assist with purchasing and bargaining in the souks. These excursions in fact rely upon the supply of the guides and may be arduous to organise throughout excessive season, however be sure that to contact Amanda to seek out out extra!
PRIVATE FOOD TOUR
PRIVATE SHOPPING TOUR
Now let’s have a better look (lastly) at what we skilled on our Road Food Tour!
Youssef threw us proper into the journey on the very first cease!
Tangia and Mechoui
Okay, we knew we might be tasting genuine Moroccan meals and have been open for every part, however to start out off by feeding us sheepshead? Alright, Youssef… GAME ON!
I feel everybody on the tour was a bit nervous of what to anticipate, so truly by throwing us in the deep finish and beginning off with this dish, I consider is such a sensible transfer. Youssef clearly didn’t take us right here due to the shock worth (okay, perhaps a bit), however the dish of ‘tangia’ is among the hottest dishes in Morocco. Partly as a result of it’s pretty straightforward to make (just some components) and in any other case as a result of it’s simply very tasty.
Tangia is a clay pot full of lamb, some liquid, preserved lemon, cumin, garlic and saffron that will get sluggish cooked in a single day in a wooden hearth oven. When it’s prepared, you gather your pot (you used to drop it off on the native bakery) and open it onto a spot, to eat with bread.
After taking a look on the oven, a gap in the bottom the place UP TO 40 ENTIRE SHEEP match in, we headed upstairs to have a pleasant view over the market and wait on a desk full of quite a lot of dishes. We tasted the tangia (with our arms, as you do), in addition to the lamb cooked in the clay pit (the ‘mechoui’) and – to prime it off – we even have a go at consuming straight from a roasted sheep head, that undoubtedly tasted higher than it appeared).
When Youssef requested for volunteers to eat the eyeball, we thought no one would do it, however fellow traveller Graham from England stated he’d have an interest! He didn’t blink twice and ripped out the eyeball, swallowed it and smiled prefer it was nothing. What a hero!
Amanda has put up a Tangia recipe on her website: marocmama.com/making-marrakechi-tangia-home
Would you order meals right here?
Et Voila – A Little Little bit of Tete de Mouton. Bon Apetit!
British Food Author Mary Berry was additionally noticed in the Medina some time in the past!Graham ate the eyeball – WOW!
All The Olives!
If there’s one factor I LOVE, it needs to be olives, so for me the second cease on our tour was heaven. Morocco is seemingly the world’s 4th producer of olives, however they principally eat them regionally as an alternative of export them. Which I completely perceive now. We tasted so many sorts they usually have been all so giant and attractive, I might have simply stayed right here for the remainder of the night and be pleased. However, we needed to transfer on, so let’s go!
There was a woman on the tour that didn’t like olives (apparently, it’s a factor), however at no level in this tour are you pressured to eat something you don’t need, which is in fact nice. There are numerous stops alongside the best way, so when you don’t like one of many stops, likelihood is you’ll love the subsequent.
In case you could have any allergic reactions or dietary restrictions, all the time be certain that to let Amanda and Youssef know.
Nick additionally had a go at one of many chili’s. An excessive amount of for me!
Harira and Msemmen
Harira is a hearty soup created from tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils, rice, lamb and totally different spices and a typical dish for Morocco. I all the time say I’m not such a soup-person, however I actually favored this one, as a result of it was fairly thick and filling.
Along with the soup, we got so-called ‘msemmen’. That is Morocco’s tackle the French crêpe / Indian flatbread. This baked pancake-looking deal with is produced from skinny layers of dough after which fried on a hotplate. Stuff them with a pleasant hearty filling, and also you’re good to go in the night, or prime them with butter or jelly in the morning! For me personally, these pancakes have been one in every of my favourites on the journey and I’m going to search for a recipe to make these at house for positive!
Oh wait, in fact there’s a recipe over on MarocMama: marocmama.com/msemmen
Hout Quari (Sardines Sandwich)
I do know, the considered a sardines sandwich won’t water your mouth, however you need to give it a go when in Marrakech, they’re truly actually tasty and fewer ‘fishy’ than you’d anticipate. These sardine sandwiches are Youssef’s favorite deal with from his childhood days and we will see why he loves them!
Do you know that Morocco exports extra sardines than some other nation? Who knew! For that purpose alone, a dish with out sardines wouldn’t do their delicacies justice. The sardines are served as a patty in a bun, topped with spices, chili dip, onions and olives. Tremendous yummy!
You will discover a recipe right here: marocmama.com/moroccan-fish-recipe-hout-quari
Sfenj / Sfinge (Moroccan Donuts)
As quickly as we took a chew of those donut-looking treats, we acknowledged the flavour! These are precisely like a snack we name ‘Oliebollen’ (‘Oil Balls’, haha, sounds higher in Dutch) in the Netherlands! We eat them solely at New Yr’s Eve (Which we truly name ‘Old Year’s Night’ or just ‘Old & New’, however that apart from now), however in Marrakech you don’t want to attend that lengthy and can purchase them merely of a road cart. And it’s essential to! So Good!
Recipe? Of Course: marocmama.com/sfinge-moroccan-doughnuts
Behind the Scenes
What we didn’t anticipate on this tour is that we’d see lots ‘behind the scenes’ of the town as properly, which was nice! You quickly understand that although the outlets appear all separate, all the Medina is made up out of a maze of streets with well-organized communities. Individuals are not solely dwelling, however cooking collectively right here.
An awesome instance of this was the bakery, the place not solely the bread for the eating places and shops get baked, however you may also ship your dough and have bread baked for your loved ones. That makes this location virtually the guts of the group, as a result of it’s right here individuals come to ‘gossip’ and get a little bit of perception on what households their youngsters may marry into. The baker will know what’s happening in many households!
One other behind-the-scenes cease we made was at Marrakech’s personal ‘recyling station’. The individual working right here, retains a fireplace going day and night time by principally burning all the things he can discover that’s rubbish on the streets. Not fairly in line with the UK’s well being and security laws, however it’s an essential job for the town as that is what heats the water for the hammams close by. In return, the ash from the hammam will get used once more to to organize Tangia, so individuals can convey their clay pots right here and have their meals cooked.
Babbouche (Boiled Snails)
Boiled snails anybody? Whereas this wasn’t my favorite (it’s extra the considered it, than the precise style that didn’t work for me), I’m glad I gave it a go. Who else can say that they went to Morocco and ate snails from a road cart?! In the event you have been ever curious, throughout this fast cease is your probability!
The Spice Market
From the snails, we walked into one other a part of Marrakech that not many vacationer will get to, as that is the place the locals do their purchasing. Piles of spices and clay tagines and different cookware have been stacked up in the outlets round us and we even noticed some outlets promoting extra doubtful gadgets, resembling animal skins and bones, but in addition stay chameleons and turtles. We have been advised these have been ‘pets’, however I don’t actually consider that by some means!
Both approach, we walked via a totally totally different world than we have been used to and it was nice to have a trusted native with us that would present us round safely.
Sorry dude, however you’re so not a pet!
Whereas at this level in the tour, I had already virtually exploded of all of the meals we’d been given… there was nonetheless extra! We have been sitting down at a family-run restaurant and acquired offeren scrumptious Moroccan Mint Tea and an enormous plate of couscous, that tasted higher than any couscous you’d eat anyplace else. The women serving us the place so pleasant and we might spend a while wanting across the locals packing up their stalls on the market, earlier than we moved on to our last stops.
We felt responsible for not ending (by far), however don’t fear that meals get wasted right here!
Moroccan Cookies & Milkshakes
What higher than to finish any meal with one thing candy?! For our remaining cease, we stopped at a bit place promoting cookies & Moroccan milkshakes.
One in every of my favorite treats known as “Chebakia” and we obtained loads of them. This super-tasty deep-fried pastry is formed to seem like a rose and is roofed in syrup comprised of honey and rosewater and topped with sesame seeds. Tastes nearly as good because it sounds! The different cookies, we might gladly take away in a bit of field and ate in our lodge room the subsequent day 🙂
To make them at residence, examine: marocmama.com/chebekia
Should you thought the milkshake was one thing the People invented… assume once more! For those who’re in search of a creamy milkshake, Morocco is the place! You possibly can often select between almond/date or avocado flavour! For some recipes, examine the next hyperlinks:
Comfortable… and soooo fullll!Our farewell current, so weet!Again on the important sq. in Marrakech
We had a tremendous time on our road meals tour in Marrakech and have been positively stunned by simply what number of occasions we stopped and ate! I’ve to admit that regardless that we tried to not eat an excessive amount of earlier in the day, it was nonetheless exhausting work to truly end every part in the course of the meals tour. I actually loved the number of the dishes and all of the tales and behind-the-scenes appears that Youssef was capable of give us.
Probably the greatest issues about this tour is that you simply’re capable of eat at locations you wouldn’t discover by yourself, and that you understand will probably be good, as a result of an area took you there! Marrakech may be actually overwhelming and since a number of the meals is being bought by road distributors, you could be a bit hesitant to attempt factor out. Lots of the meals locations in Marrakech gained’t have any English menu’s and so that you may be postpone by going some other place, a spot that’s (often) extra geared in the direction of vacationers. By happening this tour, you’ll don’t have anything to worry and can uncover some superb dishes that you would be able to keep in mind your time in Morocco by.
As a result of we did this tour on our final day of our journey to Morocco, we have been somewhat bit apprehensive that the tour would present us the very same meals that we’ve been consuming all week, however boy the place we pleased how flawed we have been! Apart from maybe the couscous at one of many stops, each single dish that we obtained was utterly new to us and it undoubtedly made us understand simply how little of genuine Moroccan delicacies we’ve tasted thus far. The tour gave us the motivation to plan a Morocco journey in the longer term and check out many extra scrumptious bites that this nation has to supply!
In case you are nonetheless curious and need to see a bit clip of what you possibly can anticipate, take a look at this video made by Amanda:
TO BOOK YOUR OWN MARRAKECH FOOD YOUR WITH AMANDA & YOUSSEF, HEAD OVER TO THEIR WEBSITE: marrakechfoodtours.com
Time Zone in Morocco? GMT +1
Foreign money in Morocco? Moroccan Dirham. Examine the newest trade fee right here.
Electrical Plugs in Morocco? 220V, Sort C and E. We advocate getting a common journey adapter to by no means fear about having the proper plug in your travels!
Languages Spoken in Morocco? Moroccan Arabic (Darija), Arabic & Berber + French. We had no hassle getting round with simply English and our G Adventures information helped us in all places, as he was an area and spoke all of the languages wanted.
Greatest time to go to Morocco & Fez Travel? Spring (March-Might) or Autumn (September-October). Summer time may be good on the coast, however will certainly be too heat extra inland. Be certain that to additionally take the date of Ramadan, the month of daytime fasting, in account when planning your journey!
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Disclaimer: We have been kindly given one ticket to the meals tour from Youssef and Amanda for evaluate functions. All pictures and opinions in this text are, as all the time, 100% our personal.