Food in Thessaloniki
by Chaitany Arora, from India.
Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is, this proverb is true when you see all the happy and cheerful people in the restaurants around Thessaloniki. You will always find a group of friends giggling and having fun over food or drinks. The food available in the city is tempting and one look at it could make you crave for it. So today let’s talk about the amazing variety of food available here.
First of all, comes the world famous Caesar salad, you can find Caesar salad in almost any place in Thessaloniki. It usually consists of various veggies varying from tomatoes, corn, romaine lettuce, croutons, egg, ham, parmesan cheese, anchovies, garlic topped up with lemon and salad dressing along with some spices. It has a tangy taste to it and a pungent aroma. The pungent aroma is due to the virgin olive oil.
Next up in the list is Souvlaki it is pieces of chicken or pork on skewers. The chicken is grilled and seasoned appropriately. It is usually eaten directly off the stick. It is served with onions and tomatoes as that is how it tastes best. souvlaki is a type of food that you can have anytime you want because it is so delicious you just can’t have enough of it.
Now that you have talked about souvlaki you can’t ignore its best counterpart gyros. Gyros are made up of pork, chicken or lamb that is cooked up on a vertical rotisserie. It is usually served in a flat bread known as pita and is topped with onion tomatoes and potatoes along with ketchup and mustard but you also have the option of having it topped with other sauces like tzatziki or mayonnaise. It is available not only in Thessaloniki but all over Greece and is eaten fondly by the people living here.
Oh how can we forget the famous tzatziki sauce. It is usually served as a dip with gyros and souvlaki. It is made up of basically yoghurt that is salt strained first then cucumber, olives, garlic and a few other ingredients are added to it and stirred up well. That’s how u get the perfect tzatziki sauce.
A similar dish that is served all around in Thessaloniki is souzoukaki. Souzoukaki in Greek means spicy small sausage. That pretty much explains what it has in it. Souzoukaki is also served in a similar way as gyros inside a pita. the kantina’s that offer souzoukaki also offer a variety of chicken and meat in pita such as souvlaki, chicken nuggets, etc.
At last all I would like to say is Thessaloniki is a heaven for all the foodies out there and if you come to Thessaloniki and do not try the amazing food you sure are missing on some adventures.