The Serraikon BougatsaMay 18th, 2011 | By Peter Minakis | Category: Breakfast, Cooking Tour of Greece, Dessert, Featured, Greek Food, Thessaloniki, Travel
When I woke up this morning I was a little confused. I get this way the first few days of a travel destination. I realized that I was a) not in Canada and b) no longer at the Sani Resort but c) here in Thessaloniki, Greece. I spent the day roaming the Kapani central market and by 11 am I had realized that I had forgotten to eat breakfast.
Here in Greece, there are those who have a coffee and smoke for breakfast, others take the time to sit and eat in the morning and most are on the run and will grab a quick breakfast to-go or on foot. One of Greece’s most delicious offerings is Bougatsa and the best Bougatsa is said to originate in a city in eastern Macedonia called Serres. Here in the province’s capital (Thessaloniki) there are hundreds of Bougatsa shops with most doing brisk business in the morning and early afternoons.
Bougastsa is made of handmade phyllo that treated with butter and filled with cheese, meat, spinach & cheese, chocolate or custard (cream). Basically, the filling is placed in the middle of a rectangle of phyllo thats folded like an envelope to make a pouch around the filling. One more pouch of phyllo is folded to complete the Bougatsa.
This post isn’t about which particular Bougatsa shop in Thessaloniki, Serres or other parts of Greece has the best Bougatsa shop but when in Thessaloniki, you’re going to find these shops everywhere. Some are better than others and today I was lucky to have discovered Serraikon Bougatsa on Bas. Herakliou (just outside of Modiano Market).
Serraikon Boutgatsa was established in 1952 and despite the company now being franchised, the quality and consistency at each shop still rates high with the citizens of Thessaloniki. I’m recommending you grab some Bougatsa from this location if you visit Thessaloniki. It’s central, easy to find and you’ll likely be hungry from seeing all the food and goods that surround you in the nearby Kapani and Modiano Markets.
Grab an order of Bougatsa and have it with Greek coffee, a frappe or chocolate milk and if you’re really nice (I love comments), I may just share a Bougatsa recipe with you!
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