Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 1

Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 1

Wales is famous for many things, its intense rainy season, the wondrous green scenery, the head turning local accent, and even the handful of talented artists that have come from within its borders. But of all the things that make it famous or infamous (Dirty Sanchez anyone?) food doesn’t often reach the top of the list.

Despite this and thanks to it being a separate community of people from the rest of the mainland for many years, the country to England’s west has many of its own unique dishes. Often based on the fact that traditionally the people lived off the land, many of these local delicacies are what many would consider simplistic, but that doesn’t mean that they are inferior by any standard. Here are some dishes you should order if you see them on the menu during your time in Wales.

Conwy Mussels

Okay so this isn’t exactly a local recipe, but it is a local delicacy. Conwy has a rising Japanese community who not only adores its natural beauty but also is eager to chow down on the regional seafood. The mussels here are seasonal, big and delicious thanks to the mix of salty seawater and clear freshwater provided by the estuary.

Laverbread

Another dish served up by the sea, this isn’t actual bread but instead is a pile made primarily from seaweed. The specific breed of green sea stuff is cultivated and then boiled, often mixed with oats and served with cockles or bacon at breakfast. With a healthy dose of iron and of course the benefits that come with dark leafy greens, if this one lights up your taste buds your body is going to love the result.

Salt Marsh Lamb

In season around June and July, this very Welsh spin on a traditional lamb dish is all thanks to the landscape of the country. Once weaned onto grass after milk, the lambs in the valleys of Wales graze upon the marshes and sea drenched grasses that inhabit the area. Consequently, they absorb much of the salt though their diet which makes the meat that comes from them particularly tender. The soft and slightly floral flavour that comes from them doesn’t actually make them salty however, expect this mouth watering meat to be served with some mint sauce.

Glamorgan sausage

For saying that many Welsh dishes incorporate fish or pastured animals as their farming lifestyle would dictate, you may be surprised to find that this classic Welsh sausage is actually meat free. This vegetarian cylinder is actually made primarily from the tasty, white Caerphilly cheese. If you are expecting the gooey inside of mozzarella sticks you would be wrong, because the cheese is hard and is mixed commonly with leeks (another widely used local ingredient) and breadcrumbs, the result is a fairly solid and stable strip of goodness, even when cut. These tasty and easy to make snacks inhabit a great deal of lunch menus and are ideal to eat alongside a host of sauces and chutneys.