Maltese cuisine is renowned for its unique and distinctive flavour with a Mediterranean touch which will put any foodie to try these savoury dishes. So if you’re planning to visit this exotic location, here’s our list of top dishes you should try while you are in Malta.
I bet you can’t have just one.
You can’t visit Malta and not try Pastizzi. It’s the most loved snack of the island and is nestled in every corner. Shaped liked croissants, this delicacy is a flaky pastry stuffed with either salty ricotta or mushy peas.
It became so popular that countries like England, Australia and Canada have started serving this delicious snack.
Make sure to enjoy your pastizzi while you’re here.
2. Rabbit Stew
It will be a crime not to try this one!
After the 18th century, Stuffat tal-fenek or Rabbit stew claimed the title of Malta’s National Dish.
Cooked with a sauce made out of rabbit ragu, wine, and herbs, actual rabbit meat is served with peas and fries.
Maltese tradition has gatherings specifically for rabbit, aptly called fenkati.
You will find many authentic places in the archipelago to try this dish out.
3. Torta Tal-Lampuki
If you are a fish person, we got your back.
Being an island surrounded by the sea, Malta uses fish in a variety of their dishes. The main ingredient is a lampuka, a fish also known as small dorado, dolphin fish or mahi-mahi.
It can be cooked in a variety of ways, but the best Maltese way is to make a pie out of it. Before baking in the oven to come out as a puff pastry, it’s cooked with tomatoes, onions, capers, olives and spinach.
If you are in Malta this summer, make sure to have a bite of lampuki pie.
Calories? Who cares?
Adopted from the Sicilian cuisine, you could say timpana is macaroni enclosed in a pastry, but keep in mind; this delicacy is not for the weight conscious.
Rich with minced meat, onions, tomatoes, garlic and what not, the sky is the limit for the ingredients.
Once you have one, you will end up asking for more.
5. Ħobż biż-żejt
Not your usual bread
A most common way a Maltese bread is sold is as ħobż biż-żejt or ‘bread with oil’.
It usually consists of a disc-shaped, crusty and a semi-flat bread known as Ftira rubbed with a tomato sauce with a filling of tuna, capers, onions, olives, garlic, sea salt and sprinkled with olive oil.
If you are not trying this one, you are not trying at all.
Not a dish but so Maltese!
A soft drink produced only in Malta, Kinnie is bitter in taste and tastes best when cold. If you have not tasted it before, it’s definitely worth adding to your list.
Love it or hate it, we say let’s go for it.
7. Cisk Lager
An iconic beer with a Mediterranean touch
When it comes to beer, Cisk is your go-to in Malta.
Loved by locals and foreigners all around the world, if you haven’t seen hundreds of people enjoying this brew, then you must be blind or lying. It’s not difficult to find people on our beautiful beaches having a sip of this bright yellow label lager which has become a Maltese institution.
8. Krips… err… Twistees… err
Before telling me to get a life, it’s the best Maltese snack ever made with a slightly unique taste and an eye-catching packaging.
Make sure to pack loads of it for your return.
Which one are we talking about? Well, you decide.