Angel hair pasta, steamed for two four hours. Chicken, onions, cinamon sticks, saffron, ginger powder. Roasted almonds.
This is my mouth watering favorite Moroccan food. It’s called Sha’ria medfouna, or buried angel hair pasta (it’s the chicken that’s buried under that big mound of fluffy pasta). I like mine with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top. I like mine in a big clay platter, as in this picture, shared with family and friends. I like mine cold out of a tupperware, standing in front of the open fridge. Did I mention that I like this dish???
I’m not going to give you the recipe though. Do you know why? Because I don’t want to push you to the teetering edge of sanity. No, neither you nor I need to be tending delicate noodle dishes for hours on end. However, better than a recipe, I will give you a better way of getting to eat this dish. And here is my 5 part plan:
1. Get to Morocco on the double, if you’re not here already.
2. Good. Now you will make a Moroccan friend.
3. We’re close now. Next, you will say this line, try to sound like you haven’t rehearsed it too much “You know, I’ve had couscous and tajine, and boy are they delish, but I’ve heard that the best Moroccan dish is sha’ria medfouna. Is that true?”
4. Our plan has worked, because your Moroccan friend will reply “my mom makes an awesome sha’ria, why don’t you come over for lunch tomorrow and see for yourself”. You, sheepishly grin and say “if you’re sure it’s no trouble”.
5. Finally, you get to taste the noodles that melt in your mouth. It’s such an addictive dish that you will eat long after you’re full.
Or, you could do it the hard way, and actually make the dish yourself. http://moroccanfood.about.com/od/maindishes/r/Seffa_Recipe.htm
Whichever plan you follow, I highly recommend you find a way to taste this sublime Moroccan dish.