The gastronomy of a country plays a big role in it’s culture. The Spanish cuisine is well known all around the world. Most people know Spain’s most famous foods like Paella, Tortilla, Serrano Ham, Churros con chocolate, etc. Besides that, Malaga also has some specific dishes that can be considered as typical Malaga food.
When you come to Malaga, one thing you need to do is try the delicious foods from this region. The cuisine of Malaga is varied and embodies lots of soups and fish dishes. Many of which are also common to eat in other provinces of Andalusia. A lot of these recipes have their origins in the distant past (times of the Romans; of the Moors and Christians). OnSpain will present you some of Malaga’s most typical dishes.
1. Fritura malagueña
This typical Malaga dish is very characteristic for the gastronomy of Malaga. It includes a wide variety of seafood from this area, for example: squid or cuttlefish, but mainly little fish like anchovies, which are firstly cleaned and then both sides are separately coated in flour and afterwards fried in very hot oil.
2. Ensalada malagueña
This typical Malaga food is also part of the traditional cuisine from this area. This salad continues to be a daily dish in many families but you can also eat it in tapas bars or restaurants. It is a fresh salad that contains a lot of different ingredients. The main ingredients are: potatoes, oranges, cod, citrus juice and leek.
Gazpacho is a cold soup made of tomatoes, green peppers, olive oil, garlic, old bread and water. All the ingredients of this typical Malaga food are mixed together in a blender. Gazpacho is a very healthy dish and mostly eaten during summertime when it is very refreshing.
The malagueños are often referred to as being boquerones. Boquerones look like anchovies and are usually fried in olive oil. This is one very typical Malaga food, that can be eaten in a lot of restaurants.
Another plate that includes boquerones is boquerones en vinagre. Boquerones en vinagre are a type of tapa in Andalusia. These fish are usually marinated in vinegar or in a mixture of vinegar, salt, garlic, olive oil, laurel and parsley. This typical Malaga food is not cooked.
Another typical Malaga dish is Ajoblanco, which is a cold soup that is very popular in Andalusia. It consists of bread, powdered almonds, garlic, olive oil, salt and sometimes vinagre. It is sometimes accompanied by grapes or pieces of melon.
Firstly, the skin of the almonds is removed and afterwards all the ingredients are mixed together in a blender.
This dish is the most common stew of Malaga’s winters. Migas means crumbs. This typical Malaga food is very sating and is made out of breadcrumbs or out of flour. Migas might be served with green peppers, garlic, sardines, roasted onions and even melon throughout most of Andalusia. It is served as a main course but can also be served as a tapa in a local bar. There is a quote that summarizes the nourishing power of this typical Malaga food “Las migas, hasta la haza; las sopas, hasta la plaza” (soups will take you to town square but migas will take you to your plot). Furthermore this dish is rather cheap since it is made from hard bread, olive oil, salt and lots of garlic.
Gazpachuelo is a typical fisherman’s dish originating from Malaga. It consists of a fish broth, a type of mayonnaise, prawns, fish, potatoes, garlic, egg yolk and olive oil. It is a typical lower class dish because of the low cost of the basic ingredients. This typical Malaga food is usually eaten with bread which is dipped into the broth. Although the gazpachuelo is served hot, it owes it’s name to the fact that it contains the 4 main ingredients of gazpacho: bread, garlic, oil and water.
If you liked this post, you could also read our post about tapas. Or, if you are not interested in gastronomy but you like sports, then our activities and excursions page could perhaps spark your interest.
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