I planned to stay in Madrid for 3 days, before flying back to Hong Kong. The hostel I booked was in central area, so I can go any places easily by walking. I spoke to the host with my kindergarten level Spanish. He was so patient to tell me things to do in Madrid, like Parque del Buen Retiro, Museco Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Mercado de San Miguel, Museo del Prado. (don’t forget to check a free entrance in Museo del Prado after 6pm!). Of course Plaza Mayor, the most iconic picture you could see from every postcard.
Smiley queue at Plaza Mayor
On the second day, When I was walking to Plaza Mayor, I was curious a long queue outside a bar. Everyone came out with a little bag, looked happily. So I followed the queue and went in to have a look. The tiny tapas bar was already packed with locals and tourists. Interestingly, they ordered the same dish and drink. The staff was busy to run around but still smiley to take my order. I spoke with my kindergarten level Spanish again.
“quiero uno bocadillo y una cerveza, por favor” (I want one sandwich and one beer please)
“Bocadillo de Calamares?” (Squid Sandwich?)
“si, garcias.” (yes, thank you)
The best way to taste Bocadillo de Calamares
Bocadillo de Calamares, simply it is deep-fried squid rings sandwich. First of all, Cut fresh squids into small squid rings. Put into flour mixture and fry in olive oil. Sparkling with salt and lemon zest. Cut the bread loaf into half, place fried squid rings in the middle. Perfectly fried in crispy, golden & tender squids with a crunchy bread. Ready to serve!
Squid Sandwich probably is the most popular street food in Madrid. Many tapas bar and restaurants served “Bocadillo” (sandwich) in the city. If you see a bar that have “calamares” or an artisan painting of squids, you are probably hit a right place. Have a walk to Plaza Mayor in morning or lunch. If you can find a long queue outside the bar, you should go in, order one and feed your tummy. You won’t get disappointed. The tradition way is to eat and stand in the bar. I ordered my Bocadillo de Calamares in La Real, one of the famous tapas bar near Plaza Mayor. Watching people go in and get out of the shop, I enjoyed very much “un Bocadillo de Calamares” at a corner of Madrid.
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Devour in Madrid – A Food Tour Guide in Madrid
Once I arrived to Nepal, the smell of Momo & Masala Tea is waving to me. I just can’t wait to have many Momo here.
What is Momo?
It is stuffed dumplings, ingredients like meat, vegetables or cheese fillings.
This little dumpling called “Momo” is very popular in India and Nepal. You can easily find any restaurants or café served Momo in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Originated from Tibet and its neighborhood China, it also looks like Chinese dumplings (“Jiao Zi”). When Tibetan travels across Himalayan for trading and political escapes, they brings along the traditional recipe of dumplings making. Delicious Momo hence transferred from Tibet to Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Choice of Momo
The most common types of Momo are steamed, but you can also order deep-fried Momo (“Kothey Momo”). When you order, you can consider meat or vegetable flavors. I am a vegetarian, so I choose usually Vegetable Momo or Vegetable Cheese Momo. Vegetables Momo is fillings with cabbage, carrots, onions, ginger, garlic and spices. Meat options could be served with meat – buffalo, chicken, pork or lamb. Some restaurants also make the dough into green. Mixing with vegetable spinach as Spinach Momo. I tried once, it tastes super healthy!
Dipping Sauce is the KEY
When waiter put the dish on the table, it usually comes with a little dipping sauce on side. Usually, it is in yellow brown or red colour. Either, it is onions with red chillies or spiced tomato dipping sauce. The dipping sauce could be very spicy, remember to ask waiter how spicy it is before you put into mouth.
How to make Momo
If you are interested to make your own Momo and cook Nepali food, you can attend cooking class in Pokhara or cooking class in Kathmandu easily. Spend an afternoon in cooking class is the best way to experience the local taste. Local Nepali will guide you how to prepare homemade Momo, from wrapping, fillings to typical saucing. Another easier way is to buy a cookbook or look for online momo recipe.
The Nepal Cookbook
Taste of Nepal
A little one information behind the post :
Price for Momo ranged 200 Rupees ~ 300 Rupees in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Usually served 10-12 pieces per portion