3.329 Moroccan Chicken Sandwich

Cycle 3 – Item 329

29 (Thu) November 2012

Moroccan Chicken Sandwich

3.5

at Casablanca

-Itaewon, Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with MtG

Project 30/30/30: 29 of 45 (see also 45/45/45)

Throughout this November, I am challenging myself to eat 30 dishes from 30 countries over the course of 30 consecutive days.

Morocco is the 29th country.

When MtG had told me about a Moroccan sandwich shop that he’d heard about in Itaewon, I’d dared to dream that it might be run by the same guy who once ran the Moroccan sandwich truck – declared by GMTD as “the best street food in Korea” (see 1.085 Maakouda Sandiwich) – but has since disappeared from the scene.  Alas, judging by the different menu, different food, and different guy behind the counter, the shop appeared to be a distinct enterprise altogether.

Fortunately, the sandwiches at Casablanca were excellent in their own right.  W ordered 3 and split them.  The best was the Moroccan Chicken: chunks of white meat in a curry seasoning, topped with a yogurt sauce, plus lettuce-tomato-onion-olive-pickle and maakouda, all folded into a wide/flat baguette about 15 cm long.  The delicate balance of flavors between the slightly spicy curry and refreshingly tangy yogurt, combined with the contrasting textures from the crispy bread to the moist chicken and the soft potato, made for quite the fine sandwich.  A pretty good deal at 5,000 won a pop, although I’d require 2 to be fully satisfied.  Regardless of price, the sandwich was a proud representation of Morocco.  I’m eager to go back and try the ones that we didn’t get to, a testament to the chef’s laudable efforts to make each sandwich on the menu distinct.

Spiced Shrimp Sandwich (3.0): very good, but the heat tended to overwhelm the other flavors.
Lamb Chili Sandwich (3.0): also very good, but the ground lamb and chili bean texture was a bit mushy.

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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