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Bastilla is not pastilla

Big Ben | Apr 26, 2006 12:52 PM

I need something cleared up. Every Moroccan place around here serves up something called bastilla (or b'stilla, etc.). I think it is fairly tasty, but no bastilla I've ever gotten here resembles Moroccan pastilla. When I was in Morocco last summer, I even asked all over the place for something resembling what I had had (chicken, egg, cinnamon, baked in a crust). I never once saw anything like that.

Pastilla is, imho, closer to baklava than it is to "bastilla." And as I understand it, real traditional pastilla is made with pigeon. At any rate, the finest meal I had in Morocco (in Meknes) came with pastilla triangles, and bowls of powdered sugar with lines of cinnamon laid on top. They were not the gigantic loaf-sized things you get at Marrakech (which, again, are not untasty) or even the "individual" sized deals you get elsewhere (which are individual in the same way that an individual frozen pizza is).

I apologize if this is straying dangerously close to being inappropriate for chowhound, so I'll bring it back. Does anyone know where you can get some real honest-to-goodness pastilla -- or better yet, Moroccan crepes or that fantastic big spongy bread they make? Or nougat?

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