I love food, honestly who does not? One of the biggest advantages of being abroad is to try new flavors and dishes. Since Malta is an international place there is a lot to try here!
But let’s start off with typical Maltese food and traditional dishes!
Pastizzi is popular Maltese pastry filled with Ricotta cheese, peas or Spinach. You can get it in any Pastizzeria in Mata. Those places are on every corner and sell pizza, pastizzi, and pies. The Pastry is very tasty, but if you would like to save some calories a pastizzi might not be the Snack for you!
A Ftira is a Sandwich with typical Maltese bread, tuna, and tomatoes and it it is really tasty. especially if it is freshly made. The bread is white and crunchy and if they add some of the typical Gozonian Cheese it is even better! I really recommend trying a Ftira while you are exploring Malta.
The Rabbit Stew is one of the most traditional Maltese dishes and if it is properly made it is delicious. It is a rather heavy stew served with potatoes and sometimes salad. The Stew is flavored with a lot of spices, especially cumin. I really recommend to try it in a traditional place that seems family run. Those serve the best rabbit!
Seafood and Fish
Of course, there is a lot of fish and seafood here, Malta is still an island! The best seafood and fresh you can find are Sundays in Marsaxlokk, a beautiful fishing village in the South. On Sundays, they have a huge fish market and on the seafront, there are a lot of restaurants serving the freshly caught fish.
The “Maltese Platter”
This dish is a nice platter to order in a restaurant if you want to share something really tasty. Usually, it is a platter full of Maltese cheese (Ġbejna), sausages, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, olives and dips made out of beans and tuna! That is a great way to try local specialties like the goat cheese and of having one of those meals you will not forget!
Soon there will be more, including the tasty Maltese Sweets and a post about Restaurants!
Keep posted and enjoy some Maltese dishes!