Friday, April 4, 2008

Kevin finds Moroccan Food Illogical

About a week ago I went to a Moroccan restaurant for a friend’s birthday. This was my first foray into Moroccan cuisine and the food, while good, left me confused. Throughout history cultures have had a myriad of methods for consuming their food, whether that be knife and fork, chopsticks or just using hands. Usually no method is better than the other since people modify their cuisine to fit the style (or perhaps vice versa). For example, it would be really inefficient to try to attack a steak with chopsticks, just like how it would be foolish to try to eat a bowl of ramenwith your hands.

Moroccans, flaunting conventional wisdom, have decided to take their cuisine in a different direction. They have opted for the use of hands, a fine and dandy , albeit unsanitary, option. However, unlike their smarter Indian friends, they’ve decided to eschew naan or some kind of bread-like staple. Instead, people simply bare fist hot saucy dishes without the benefit of some kind of protection. This might not be so bad if it’s just rice or a piece of sushi but Moroccans decided to go the couscous route. For those who don’t know, couscous is a type of wheat that is incredibly granular and thus really loose. This is served in conjunction with steaming hot meat (let’s stay professional here) piled on top. So as you try to scoop yourself some couscous goodness, you burn your million dollar fingers on the piping out dish all the while little bits of food is falling off the sides. By the time your hand actually makes it to your mouth, you’re left with maybe 25% of what was originally your share, with the remaining 75% becoming the tears of starving African children. OtherMoroccan dishes don’t make much sense either. For example, they love serving meat on the bone. This would be fine as finger food if it was served individually, but given the Moroccans’ love of sharing, you feel obligated to break off tiny pieces rather than taking the whole thing. So basically there are multiple pairs of hands going over the same piece of chicken, tearing off tiny pieces of meat over and over again.




No chocolate inside, just chicken and eggs


Just in case this might be too clean, all their meats feature some kind of fruit sauce that you would normally find in a dessert. Apparently, Moroccans have no time for multi-course meals (edit: in the traditional sense). Instead they prefer to lump all their meals into one dish, resulting in the b'stilla royale: puff pastry enclosing shredded chicken and scrambled egg, and topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. So basically if your local KFC and Cinnabon collided in a tornado, the result is Moroccan food. Either way, I resisted being the guy to ask for a spoon and finished my meal like a champ, sticky fingers and all.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh... not time for multi-course meal? Were u NOT sitting at the same 5 course meal I was??? Pretty sure that's a call out right there.

Anonymous said...

i'm glad you didnt ask for a spoon, that would be comparable to 5. asking for knife and fork at a Chinese restaurant guy.

i've never had moroccan food, and now probably never will

Anonymous said...

Well, Anonymous Person #2, I'm sure that makes you yet another classic guy you don't want to be: "I cannot step out of my cultural norms to experience new things" guy. Way to go, man. (And I've had lots of Moroccan food. You have no idea what you are missing.)

jadamsuw said...

To be fair, Kevin, that Cinna-chicken was absolutely delicious, and widely adored. You're bordering dangerously close to racism, here.

Kevin said...

When have I not bordered on racism

Anonymous said...

well anonymous guy #3, this is anonymous guy #2 again and I don't recall "I cannot step out of my cultural norms to experience new things" guy being one of the original guy you don't want to be. and why would i eat moroccan food when i just read a blog that found it illogical? illogical...think about it.

K said...

Nobody deserves to eat illogical food