Traditional Food In Wales

traditional food in wales

Wales is a country in southwest Great Britain known for its national parks, distinctive Welsh language and sumptuous local delicacies. Wales is typically renowned for its award-winning cheese and succulent meats. The laverbread also makes a great breakfast option and the Aberffaw biscuits are continued for gifting purposes on every special occasion. The food here has its own distinct authenticity and is enjoyed widely not just by the locals, but by the tourists as well. It is indeed a food lover’s paradise with the most unique dishes at your disposal. The culinary skills are unbeatable and the local dishes have been a crowd puller right since its inception. Check out some of the traditional food in Wales which you must try when visiting this beautiful city.

1. Laverbread

London and Wales 2010
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Laverbread is a traditional Welsh dish which is prepared using seaweed. The procedure starts off by boiling the seaweed which is then minced or rolled in oatmeal before being fried. It is low in calories and a preferred food option in Wales. It is traditionally eaten for breakfast alongside bacon, eggs and sometimes cockles. It is healthy, cost-effective and a must try when visiting Wales.

2. Welsh Cheese

Caerphilly cheese
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Welsh cheese is amongst the most common food items found in supermarkets and delicatessens. One of the creamiest Welsh cheeses is the Caws Teifi Cheese. It is smooth and has a creamy texture. Another type of Welsh cheese is the Caerphilly cheese which is light coloured, crumbly and made from cow’s milk. Other types of Welsh cheese include Y Fenni (a type of Cheddar cheese mixed with mustard seed and ale), Pant-Ys-Gown (made from Goats milk) and Tintern cheese (a special cheddar cheese flavoured with chives and shallots).

3. Halen Môn

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Halen Môn is a special ingredient used in every food lover’s kitchen. This special sea salt adds the necessary flavour and taste to any sort of boring or mundane food item. It is a vital ingredient in Green & Black’s chocolate and Piper’s Crisps and has been used widely around the world by chefs. This sea salt is garnished for an added flavour and is rejoiced by food lovers not just in Wales but all across the globe.

4. Sewin and samphire

Fresh Samphire
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Samphire is a European plant which grows on rocks and cliffs by the sea. There are primarily two types - marshy and rocky samphire, which are widely eaten by the people of Wales. It can be used to make a number of sumptuous dishes and it is at its best in the months of July and August. It is used in salads, as an accompaniment in the main course, as well as with seafood. Sewin and samphire is one dish which is rejoiced by the Welsh all year round.

5. Faggots

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Faggots are meatballs prepared using pork along with breadcrumbs and herbs for added flavour. It is nutritious and cost-efficient as well. A faggot typically consists of minced pork liver and heart, wrapped in bacon and is served with peas and mashed potato. It is commonly eaten in Wales and is widely available in the restaurants there as well. It is truly a lip-smacking delicacy and something you must try as part of the Welsh culture.

6. Salt marsh lamb

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This succulent delicacy is rejoiced all year round, especially in the months of July and August. The lambs graze on salt-tolerant plants such as samphire which eventually influences the flavour of this delicacy. The meat is sweet, has a darker texture and is extremely juicy. It has a lower fat content compared to the other lamb, making it a nutritious choice for the calorie conscious. Tasty and healthy? This is truly the perfect delicacy for you!

7. Welsh Dragon Sausages

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These delicious treats are for meat lovers who like it spicy! The sausages are made from pork, leek and hot chilli and are a major crowd puller in the leading restaurants in Wales. The pork is tender and is infused with the sumptuous Welsh leeks, herbs, and chillies making it super fiery and delicious. It is a great breakfast option and acts as a delightful accompaniment as well. These are found in supermarkets as well as a ready to cook option.

8. Welsh Spicy Chutney

Jars of Welsh chutney and preserves
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This fiery and tangy chutney is used as a secret ingredient to add zing to the mundane sandwiches. It goes extremely well with cheese, crackers, and a variety of other snacks. There are gluten-free options available as well for the health conscious. It is truly a fabulous way to amp up the flavour of any mundane dish. It is available in varied options and each of these chutneys is one better than the other. The best part is you could always bring it back home!

9. Aberffraw biscuits

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These super tasty biscuits come in the shape of the shell of a scallop. They are widely available all across Wales including the souvenier shops. These crunchy, lip-smacking treats are easy to prepare as well and are one of the best gifts you could take back home. They are one of the oldest delicacies available in Wales and have been rejoiced by the natives since 1892. Truly a sweet treat to relish all year round.

10. Shepherds Ice Cream

Shepherds Ice Cream
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Last but not the least, for all those who love ending each meal with a sweet, these ice creams are the perfect way to cure all your sweet cravings. From sorbets to cakes to the tastiest of ice creams, Shepherd’s Parlour has been a major crowd puller right since its inception. The ice cream is prepared from sheep’s milk and is extremely creamy in texture. There is a wide choice of flavours for you to pick and trust us, you will love each of them!

The foodies paradise

London and Wales 2010
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Wales is home to some of the tastiest of delicacies which have been rejoiced by multiple people. From the succulent salt marsh lamb to the juiciest of cheese, and not to forget the all-time favourite Aberffaw biscuits, everything here is a complete delight.

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