Last night I went to my favourite HBC eatery for a night of Moroccan music and a special four course meal prepared by brothers and friends Wahid and Karim. Moroccan band Majdub completed their tour of Korea by finishing their last gig in the HBC sandwicherie.
The evening started off with music from the 5 piece set Majdub. Although I attended mainly for the food I was surprised at how amazing the music was, it was really like nothing I had ever seen before and by the end of the night the place was packed to the rafters with people clapping and dancing along to the music. The music had such an infectious happiness about it so that you couldn’t help but enjoy it and sing along.
After the band had finished we all sat down to a very late night supper. The more courses in my book the better, so I was thrilled that this four course dinner was only 25,000 per person. We kicked things off with a warm cous-cous and vegetable salad and Moroccan white bean stew with lamb meatballs. This was the hearty start of the meal we had all been waiting for. Full of flavour the spices tickles the taste buds without overwhelming them, it the kind of meal I always strive to make at home.
The next dish was the Lemon chicken tajine. For me this was the star dish of the evening. The tender slow cooked chicken effortlessly fell of the bone and was full of so much flavour, the salty olives complimented the dish perfectly and it was served with freshly baked bread to sop up all the left over juices. There wasn’t a spec left on my dish by the time I was finished with it, it was absolutely heavenly.
After the previous dishes we were all pretty full, but finished the meal with Moroccan spiced oranges. This was the perfect light and refreshing treat to end with, a sweet note and cleanse of the palette, it was the exactly what we needed.
All in all the evening was a wonderful experience and I was so glad I was able to take part and enjoy it. For those of you who have missed out, Casablanca hope to hold other events like this in the near future to further share their culture and traditional Moroccan foods. For more information please see their facebook page.