There is an old story of how the Moorish kings’ servants created rice dishes by mixing the left-overs from royal banquets in large pots to take home. It is said by some that that word "paella" originates from the Arab word “baqiyah” meaning left-overs. However, linguists believe that the word paella comes from the name of the pan it is made in - the Latin term patella, a flat plate on which offerings were made to the Gods.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Food Diaries @ Madriiid
Yes, time to update my food diaries in Madrid and Segovia.Yipeee~
To be honest, food in Spain was really good and I am pampered with a varieties of tapas and have no worries about my cravings for rice cause paella in Spain was indeed "delicioso"!
TOP CHOICE- Paella
Yes, nothing is complete without trying paella in Spain. It is originated in Valencia and there are three types of paella which is seafood and mixed paella. I particularly in love with seafood paella. They can be found anywhere from food market to top rated dining places.
Tortilla- "The Spanish omeletes"
This is another popular food in Spain which could be found in most of the tapas bar in Spain. It is simply sliced potatoes and chopped onions fried in olive oil, then mixed with beaten egg and cooked to form a solid omelet. On top of it could be tomato sauce or mayonnaise, depending on the region of Spain. Although it looks simple, but I think to turn and flip it without losing any of the contents required skills and experiences.
Ham and mushroom Croquetas- This is one of the popular taps in any of the bar counters in Spain. Quite special as they are small, lightly breaded and fried sort of fritter.
This is one of my favourite food in Spain! Their seafood was really fresh and nice. I like this octopus dish very very much! Almost everyone there will have one of this on their table! I never knew that I am a fan for octopus till I came to Madrid. They are so irresistible ~
Patatas Bravas- This is one of the traditional Spanish food and again, can be found anywhere in tapas bar. It consists of white potatoes that have been cut into irregular shapes and then fried in oil and served warm with a spicy tomato sauce.
Cochinillo's claim to fame is that it's so tender that it can be cut with the edge of a plate.
Churros- A MUST-TRY pastry in Madrid. I would reckon you to try it at the famous restaurant known as Chocolateria San Gines. It is also referred to as a Spanish doughnut but seemed to be like"yaw char keuy" to me. It tastes so good whe you eat it with the hot chocolate. SLURRRPPP.Churros is a fried-dough pastry snacks which originated in Spain and is popular worldwide.
Hope you like my food diaries in Madrid, Spain. The upcoming food diaries would be- ITALY!!!