The 10 things you must eat in Malta
Malta is so much more than just a speck in the Mediterranean. It's a heavenly island full of beautiful beaches, amazing architecture and mouth watering food
Let's start with the most popular snack, a pastizz, which is for sale in -surprise!- a pastizzeria. Pastizzi are a kind of sandwiches with a filling of ricotta or, if you want something healthier, mashed peas (a kind of croissant with a delicious secret inside, actually
Ftira is a special type of flatbread with a hole in the center, spread with oil, tomato, garlic and onion. Indeed: a kind of ciabatta bagel with Mediterranean love. The best ftiras seem to come from Gozo, but it's best to judge that for yourself. As Maltese as you can imagine, this snack is the perfect summer snack. And since it is almost always summer in Malta, they are eaten all the time and everywhere.
Or should I just say traditional rabbit stew? This, and basically anything with rabbit in it, is considered Malta's national dish. It is cooked for hours on low heat so that the meat falls off the bone easily and can be stirred into a thick sauce of tomato, red wine and garlic. Every Maltese has different views on what should be served at the stuffat tal-fenek, so you can come across everything from vegetables and pasta to Maltese bread
SOPPA TA' L-ARMLA
Also known as widow's soup, Soppa ta l'-armla is a vegetable soup that tastes extra good topped with Maltese cheese and egg, plus some Parmesan cheese for topping. And since pasta makes everything even better, you can of course also get pasta through it.
Do you think the Maltese don't really need dessert, since they live on an island full of delicious cheese and fresh fruit? Wrong!
They certainly have an appetite for that, so the Maltese have 'borrowed' many dessert recipes such as cannoli, bread pudding and Christmas log from other countries and then put their own spin on them. This usually makes for great cakes and pastries, so sample as many as you can. If you're celebrating Christmas or Carnival in Malta, try qagħaq tal-għasel, a ring-shaped bun filled with jam, citrus fruits, vanilla and spices.
FTIRA OMELET BUN
If you put this delicious omelette between a Ftira, you get this special breakfast sandwich. It's the perfect (and hearty) start to a day of Maltese adventures. Sometimes a ftira omelette sandwich is served on a bed of chips. Breakfast is my favorite meal and the heavier the better I think. So the Maltese know exactly how to make me happy.
This is an appetizer that is usually on the menu in upscale restaurants and bars. It is delicious bread, served with olive oil and a mix of sliced tomato, onions and herbs. Simple is the new delicious.
Malta is surrounded by sea, so you may find some of the best and freshest fish in the world here. Enjoy this extra by ordering aljotta, a traditional Maltese fish soup with garlic and tomatoes.
Gozo cheese, especially goat cheese, is a must to taste! Gozo is a bit more rural than the rest of Malta, so there are many shepherds making cheese in the morning and selling in the afternoon. There is no fresher cheese than this.
Are you, like me, fond of sweets, then you should definitely try imquaret. This diamond-shaped snack is filled with dates, perfectly fried and available almost everywhere. Oh, and remember when I mentioned Arabic influences earlier? Imquaret reminds you of the time you were in Morocco or Tunisia and tasted those delicious date desserts... #foodmemoriesarethebestmemories