6 Welsh foods to try while you’re studying in Cardiff
Studying in Cardiff?
Treat your taste buds to these 6 national dishes while you’re in Wales’s largest city.
1) Welsh cakes
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Welsh cakes are traditional sweet treats said to reflect the 'resourceful, wholesome and practical nature of the Welsh people'.
They’re similar to scones and can be served hot or cold.
If you don’t fancy baking them yourself, pop down to Fabulous Welsh Cakes bakery where they’re griddled in front of you and are available in a variety of flavours including lemon and white chocolate, maple pecan, and lime and coconut.
2) Welsh rarebit
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No rabbits are harmed in the making of this traditional Welsh dish. In fact, it's a Celtic take on the traditional cheese on toast.
This could be an easy one to try at home, made using ale, mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcester sauce and - of course - copious amounts of cheese!
However, if you fancy an upgrade to your homemade version, visit Madame Fromage: an award-winning café and specialist cheese shop with over 150 varieties of cheese.
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Cawl is a traditional Welsh soup or broth, often made with lamb or beef with leeks, potatoes, swede and carrots.
This historical dish is thought to date back to the fourteenth century, commonly made in the winter months as a warming comfort food.
It’s a fairly easy and cheap dish to make on a student budget. And it’ll fill you up and keep you going through a long library session.
Alternatively, head to Pitch Bar and Eatery on Mill Lane to try its 12-hour-cooked lamb cawl.
4) Welsh lamb
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Welsh lamb is renowned around the world for its incredible taste.
Attributed to the lush Welsh landscape the lambs are reared on and traditional Welsh farming techniques, it's been awarded PGI status from the European Commission.
PGI stands for Protected Geographical Indication - a scheme that promotes certain foods that are unique to a particular terrain.
Sold? Visit restaurant Purple Poppadum for their famous slowly roasted lamb shank – a big hit with the locals.
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This unusual food isn’t actually bread, but rather, edible seaweed!
Legend has it this was first eaten in Wales by the Vikings and it’s as popular today, often eaten with a full Welsh breakfast.
It can be heated and spread on toast and is commonly combined with other salty ingredients.
If you like the sound of it, pop to Ashtons Fishmongers in Cardiff and get stuck in!
6) Glamorgan sausage
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Glamorgan sausage is a traditional Welsh food made with leeks, cheese and breadcrumbs.
The dish was originally recorded in 1850 with pork. However, when meat was rationed during the war, this ingredient was dropped, and the vegetarian-friendly version has persisted ever since.
To seek out this traditional sausage, head to Hogwurst, supplying Cardiff’s best gourmet hot dogs.
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