As they weren’t the daily habits and traditions, the typical hometown dishes are not common to every country. Depending on the city, its inhabitants and even depending on the weather, each city and of course every country differ from each other on gastronomic customs.
Spain is one of the countries that has more visitors per year, more than 70 million. Whatever the type of trip, everyone should try the gastronomy, which is also fascinating. Although some surprises and despite the fame of the paella and the potato omelette.
Here below, some typical Spanish dishes surprising for the foreigners’ palates.
Rabo de Toro
A classic of Spanish Cuisine that quite stranges the foreigners is “rabo de toro” or bull’s tail. An Andalusian delicatessen that dates back to the 16th century.
Despite the strangeness of the visitors, there are also many Spaniards who read the tapas menu twice. Perfect combination with a snack of Olives from Spain, andalusian flavor.
Same example as the bull, the porc. There is a popular saying in Spain “Every part of the pig is used up”. A perfect example of it are the “callos”, a typical Madrid dish along with the cocido. Tourists hallucinates when they realize they can order pig’s trotters, ears, brains, noses and tongue in any bar. Callos is a stew served in a clay pot, with the cow intestines accompanied by black pudding, chorizo, ham, onion, carrot, leek, garlic or chilli. Since the nineteenth century.
The season of snails begins in spring and announces the arrival of good weather. Although it is not one of the most popular dishes of Spanish cuisine the truth is that there is a lot of devotion for snails in general, but especially from Andalusia and together with the olives, they are the most common tapa in this period. Tourists are surprised by the popularity of this dish since they see it as a nauseating animal.
Incredible but true, the barnacles is a dish that is also on the list of rare and surprising foods of Spanish cuisine. The great surprise of the visitors is not because of their appearance, but also because of their high price, since they do not know the danger of their capture. For them they are like a kind of bugs that grow on the rocks near the beaches.
And finally “Pulpo Feira” or cooked octopus. Some tourists who walk through Galicia are surprised to see so many restaurants in which animals with eight limbs are eaten. Despite the initial displeasure, Galician octopus is one of the most recommended tapas by tourists themselves. The octopus feira is cut into slices served on a wooden plate, with olive oil, coarse salt and sprinkled paprika.
Any of this dishes can be surprising or disgusting at first instance but it will be appreciated after eaten, in any of the cases a good snack of olives makes a perfect combination. And remember, with olives it can only get better !