Spoiler alert, this blog post will definitely make you hungry and get you cooking – unless you’re lucky enough to be studying in Madrid. In that case, just get your friends, pop out of your student home and head out to the nearest tapas bar!
If you enjoy great food and you’re studying in Madrid, you came to the right place! When it comes to eating, Spain has got it all: from paellas to roasted pigs. Our favourite, of course, is tapas! Small dishes to be shared by friends: the more here really means the merrier as you get to ask for more food and try out different foods and flavours all in a single meal. So here we are, introducing you to the best tapas ever! From cured ham to pimentos de Padrón – these are our favourite tapas:
This cured ham is tasty, delicate and salty. If you’re a meat lover, once you have the first bite you’ll beg for more. It’s by far one of the best and simplest of the tapas – and one local legend says it was the first tapa, too. (read: rr-ah-mon, really scratching the back of your throat with that r’)
Pimentos de Padrón
These green small peppers are nothing like the Mexican jalapeños. Eating them is like playing Russian Roullette. You never know what you get when you’re eating pimentos de Padrón, you might taste a salty, little pepper or set your mouth on fire. An urban legend says one in every ten pimentos is a really spicy one. Word of advice: take a small bite first to make sure you don’t have the devil’s chosen one.
Gambas al ajillo
Small shrimps cooked in olive oil and lot’s of garlic. If you’re a seafood lover, you should definitely have these gambas. They melt in your mouth! The super hot olive oil and garlic makes this dish absolutely delicious.
Patatas bravas or papas bravas are fried potato chips with a spicy chili sauce. These are probably the best fried potatoes you’ll ever taste. Cheap and cheerful, you’ll find it everywhere in the streets of Madrid. A favourite tapa for any Erasmus student.
Pulpo a la Gallega
This octopus with sweet pimentón (paprika) is to die for. It’s a speciality of the Galicia region and it’s cooked with garlic and served with a dusting of paprika. Definitely worth a try if you’re not scared away by tentacles!
Feeling kind of hungry? Well, we hate to say this, but we told you so. Have fun in Madrid, take a break from all that studying, head outside and enjoy some tapas! Have you tried all of these? There’s hundreds more to try! What other tapas have you tried and enjoyed? Leave your answers in the comment section below.
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