It was sad to learn that Welsh cuisine is hardly known even in Cardiff, the capitol. A Welsh friend told me that the majority of people (Welsh or English) don’t eat traditional Welsh dishes such as Cockles with Laver Bread. While I was able to find this dish in the food market, I did not try it as the idea of eating mashed seaweed with raw cockles was not appealing! I did, however, try some of their sweets including Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith. The former is an excellent, small, thin pancake with raisins. It is often served as a snack in the streets. Bara Brith is a delicious, not so sweet, fruitcake. I sampled Faggots (liver meatballs) and Cawl(delicious lamb stew) at Cardiff Castle. Both were delicious – especially the Cawl (see photo above).
If you go to Cardiff check out the Mochen Di (Black Pig). I didn’t eat there but understand you can order Welsh dishes in this pub. Go the covered food market in central Cardiff for Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith, cockles and Laver Bread.
I always enjoy trying new dishes while traveling. It helps to understand the culture a little better and it’s just fun to try something new.