Welsh Cuisine: Cawl, Bara Brith, Faggots (Meatballs) & Welsh Cakes


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.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER (www.RobertKavalek.com). While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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