Sample Spanish cuisine on your next holiday

I always believed in the saying, “Food and travel go together”. How about you? I will not surely enjoy my vacation with a hungry stomach. That is the reason why I mentioned, food and travel are always partners.

Spain is a delightful dichotomy-a mixture of east and west. It is a country rich in culture and history. Don’t you know that it has the largest number of World Heritage Cities and second-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, after Italy? No wonder it became the third most famous tourist destination in the world in 2001.

Spain is also known for its relaxed lifestyle, world-famous folklore and festivities, friendly people, vibrant nightlife and its cuisine. How would you love to spend some exciting Spain holidays and taste the famous Spanish cuisine? This will be our main topic here.

I am not so new with regards to Spanish cuisine. My home country, Philippines was invaded and ruled by the Spaniards for almost three hundred years. Due to this, Philippines was influenced by mostly Spanish customs and tradition. I can even cook in my own ways some foods which we adapted from the Spaniards.

Here are few Spanish cuisine to try in your next holiday to Spain.

Paella

During our Christmas party last year, one of my friends prepared Paella. It is some sort of a saffron rice with different mixture of meat and seafood in it. There are kinds of Paellla. The common ones are the Valencian paella, seafood paella and the mixed paella. Now, I remember that my Aunt used to prepare the Valencian paella. We also call it Valenciana.

Escabeche

Escabeche of chicken, rabbit or pork is common in Spain. I love especially to cook a fish escabeche. It refers to both a dish of poached or fried fish that is marinated in an acidic mixture before serving, and to the marinade itself. I usually prepare it with onions, chayote, carrots and peppers.

a fish escabeche I prepared during a friend’s birthday last January 2011.

Chorizo

This is one of my favourite. The Spanish chorizo is made from coarsely chopped pork and pork fat, seasoned with smoked pimentón (paprika) and salt. It can be spicy or sweet depending upon the type on how it is prepared. It may contain garlic, herbs and other ingredients.

Cochinillo Asado (Roast Suckling Pig)

Cochinillo Asado is roast baby pig. Its fatty outside is crisp and perfect for those who like pork rind, while its meat is tender and juicy. This is so delicious that I can’t avoid eating it when I see it.

Cochinillo Asado (Roast Suckling Pig). I prepare this sometimes.

Tapas

This Spanish food is a bit like appetizers or starters. It is also like snacks for Spanish cuisine. The common Spanish tapas are Banderillas, Aceitunas, Bacalao, Boquerones, Calamares or rabas,Chopitos and so many more. It is considered as side orders to accompany your drinks in bars.

Jamon

It is a cured ham from Spain. There are two primary types of jamón, the Jamón serrano and Jamón ibérico. This is also considered to be Spain’s second religion. That is quite interesting.

Empanada

I know how to prepare this Spanish pastry but in my own style. An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried. It is made by folding a dough around the stuffing. My stuffing are usually meat and vegetables. Others used fruits as stuffing.

There are still a lot of Spanish cuisine to try. Depending on the places or region you will visit in Spain, each has its own specialty. For sure we will enjoy our holiday in Spain.

 

One Response to “Sample Spanish cuisine on your next holiday”

  1. I'm a Says:

    Sarap naman nyan sis. 🙂

 

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