The only reason I moved to Spain was because of their dishes. Just kidding! However if you are a foodie, Spain has so much to offer that you wouldn’t be disappointed. Most of Spanish cuisine has influence from its environment, history and tradition of the locals. Below are some few choices I have organized from number 1 being my top recommendation.
Disclaimer: Do make sure that they do not add in any meats like chicken (unless it's halal!), chicken stock or alcohol when preparing the dish.
2. Churros con Chocolate
If Paella didn’t exist, this would have been the first Spanish love of my life. I have this every other week which makes me question my new year’s resolution of eating healthy. Churro is a semi-sweet fried dough usually doused with sugar or cinnamon. It is very normal to order a hot cup of thick chocolate syrup with the Churros to dip it in. I don’t normally include sugar with my Churros as the hot chocolate is already sweet enough. In Madrid, the best place to have Churros con Chocolate is in San Ginés. Many famous figures have stopped by San Ginés.
This is one of my favorite Spanish foods mainly because it is filling and delicious. Croqueta is fried bread crumbs filled with mashed potatoes and literally anything else, normally chicken or fish or cheese or ham etc. There is a place called Javier Martin Croquetas where there are 32 flavors of these scrumptious appetizers. They range from sweet croquetas, cheesy croquetas, spicy croquetas and so on.
4. Buñol con Chocolate
I added this mainly because I have issues with hot chocolate, I need to check myself. This is also similar to the Churros con Chocolate only that it is in a ball hence the name Buñol.
There is something about the Spaniards and potatoes. Potatoes are included in almost all of their dishes. If you are having a Spanish meal and potato or bread or olive oil are not included; you need to check its Spanish authenticity. However the main potato dish popular in Spain are:
A Spanish omelette made with potatoes
6. Bocadillo de Calamares
If you are big on seafood, you would enjoy this delicious fried octopus sandwich. Sometimes cheese and vegetable are included with the fried calamari rings but usually it’s just left like that.
7. Huevos Roto
I haven’t had this dish yet, but I have heard that it is scrumptious. Huevos Rotos translates to broken eggs, the name is a mystery to me. Huevos Rotos consists of potatoes, sliced meat (make sure it's halal or omit the meat), green pepper, garlic and the typical seasoning spices.
This delicious soup is commonly had during Spain’s scorching summers. It is a tomato based soup with raw vegetables, garlic, olive oil and served cold. Gazpacho is originated from Andalusia.
9. Pulpo a la Gallega
This dish is for the seafood lovers as well. Pulpo is squid. This dish originated from Galicia, Spain. Galicia is by the Atlantic Ocean; naturally the best seafood comes from this region of Spain. Pulpo a la gallega is boiled squid mixed with potatoes and sprinkled with pepper, olive oil and salt.
*Special* Horchata is a widely consumed drink in Europe and Latin America. It’s origin is however from Valencia. Part of the influence to this drink was during the Muslim presence from the 8th century in Valencia. Horchata or Orxata in Valenciano is a drink consisting of almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley and tiger nuts. It is usually served cold in Spain.
Have I been successful in making you hungry? Great! Look out for more posts from me regarding everything Spanish.