Here’s another find at the Mercato Centrale weekend market, from the lady that sells Moroccan food. Zaalook is a “warm aubergine salad tapenade” with tomatoes, cilantro, garlic and spices (I think paprika being the dominant one). It was delicious, and at PHP75 for a small container, perfect for folks just looking for a single serving healthy snack or dip. I have returned to this Moroccan table several times over the past few months, and I appreciate the variety they bring to the market.
The classic accompaniment to the Zaalook is some Batboot, a moroccan version of pita bread. The one in the photo was particularly fresh and incredibly satisfying. Maybe it’s just because I have had no carbohydrates for weeks, but I really liked the texture, flavor and heft of the Batboot. Nicely done indeed. And yes, a perfect vessel to scoop up the Zaalook. I ate one tiny triangle of bread with the eggplant dip.
I did eat the rest of the eggplant on the much less appealing WASA crackers that ARE allowed on my diet, so I was able to savor the vegetables while keeping within bounds of the low carbohydrate rules. The best of both worlds. :) I am not certain if the Moroccan table is open on both Saturdays and Sundays, but they are definitely there on Saturdays. If you would like an entire meal of Moroccan food catered, they can also arrange that, please see contact details below:
Ordering Hours 7am-9pm