Kadaif is a sweet and crispy Albanian dessert which looks like it has hair on top!  It’s also made with filo pastry like Baklava.  It’s simple to make.  The filo pastry is shredded to make it’s strange texture.  It’s very sweet, like a lot of Albanian desserts and contains walnuts with a syrup which makes up most of the dessert. Make sure you try the figs, blackberries, peaches, plums and watermelon in the summer.  In autumn you will find mandarins and oranges everywhere – and they are mouth-watering juicy! Grilled vegetables are a popular complement to any Albanian dish, especially if you’re having grilled meat which is also popular in Albania.  Have them with a dash of balsamic vinegar and it’s delicious! The vegetarian version is the same, but without the lamb. There are notable differences between the food in the north and south of Albania.  In the north, as its colder, you will find more stews and hearty food.  In the south, along the coast especially you will find a lot of fresh seafood and lighter meals. So, there was your round-up of the best traditional Albanian food, tell me below which of these delicious Albanian dishes you would love to try and which ones you think you will be avoiding! Mussels 8. Is being a vegan/vegetarian hard in Albania?  As you can probably tell meat and dairy are a staple to the Albanian diet.  As a vegetarian, you will find traditional Albanian food like fergese, fasule and byrek are your best friend.  You will notice Albanians have a salad with everything so there’s usually good salad options (Greek or country salad is the most popular and always delicious).  Also, grilled vegetables are a staple so there is that option, but you are certainly limited on Albanian dishes. and lots of fresh salads.  Vegan restaurants are hard to come by, hopefully in the future that will change!  You may find one in the capital of Tirana. Although this isn’t a traditional Albanian food (this dessert comes from Turkey), it tastes delicious and should be tried while you’re travelling Albania!  Baklava is a sweet dessert with layers of crispy pastry filled with honey, walnuts and many delicious things! Continuing with the Albanian recipes, qofte is on the list! Riblja čorba. I’m not sure which one but whatever it is, I’m down for it. You can get a big bucket of mussels for a quarter of the price than you will find in Greece. The most popular is the crispy flaky pastry stuffed with white cheese.  There’s also broshura which is a type of byrek that’s made from greens such as spinach. Tave Kosi – Albania’s National Dish. You can find some local Albanian beer, the most popular being Korca which is made in the city of Korca – wow who would have thought? It consists of fried lamb liver and onions. As a vegetarian I understand the struggle. Albania doesn’t have a huge market around its food, but with the Mediterranean flavours, the slow food movement is beginning to take off.  There are some great restaurants and agritourism businesses starting within the country.  One of the most popular is Mrizi I Zanave located in Lezhe! Oct 19, 2020 - Explore Sonila Cami's board "Albanian Food" on Pinterest. Byrek is an iconic salty Albanian pie (albeit it draws inspiration from Ottoman/Turkish cuisine). Thinly... 2. Some like them spicy and some don’t. Come and visit. Russian Salad (Sallatë Ruse) By Mimoza Tresova Russian salad, Olivier salad or sallatë Ruse as it's called in Albanian is a traditional Russian and Eastern European side dish usually prepared for holidays or special occasions. This is a hearty dish usually eaten in the winter to warm up the insides.  It’s made with white cannelloni beans, tomato paste, olive oil and onion.  It’s a simple dish but a staple of traditional Albanian food that you will find just about everywhere. Petulla is like little fried doughnuts or churro balls.  It’s usually served with honey or chocolate sauce.  Along the Albanian Riviera, you will usually find people walking up and down the beaches selling these little treats!  There are similar treats all over the Balkans, but Petulla is a traditional Albanian dessert. What it is: Small, dumpling-like noodles, usually served as a side dish to accompany stews and meats. A spicy soup pot punctuated with delicious river fish. Riblja čorba (Fisherman’s soup) is exactly what you would expect a broth with such a name to be. Fërgesë is one of the tastier and best Albanian foods made with peppers, tomatoes and cottage cheese. Qofte is Albanian sausage. The vegetarian version (Fergesë e Tiranës me piperka) is made with peppers, tomato, egg, and curd cheese (similar to cottage cheese).  Apparently, it’s good for a rough hangover.  It’s the perfect soup for summer, it’s also called summer soup! In restaurants, it's often served with slivers or cubes of potatoes that are oven-baked rather than fried. A filling side dish, fergese was one of our favorite Albanian dishes. 12 of the Best Albanian Foods that Would Leave You in Awe 1. Like coffee, wine is an important part of Albanian cuisine and culture. The country has managed to avoid a lot of fast food businesses coming in. This is my favourite seafood to have in Albania.  Believe it or not but I didn’t eat seafood before I moved to Albania so that’s a tribute to how fresh and delicious Albanian seafood is.  You will get the option to have grilled or fried although fried is the best (in my opinion!). 1. This is another dish which you will find all over the Balkans with various names.  This is essentially a meatball, but longer and more delicious in my opinion.  It’s made with minced lamb, garlic and herbs then fried in hot oil. Especially carrots, turnips, parsnips, radish, beet root, celeriac and potatoes make popular side dishes. If you’re a vegan, it’s going to be hard because nearly every Albanian dish is made with dairy or other animal products.  The friends I have that are vegan stuck with fresh fruit (which is so juicy and the best in the world!) A quick to make, firm and dense textured bread with an amazing sweet cake aroma made using just a few simple ingredients. This Albanian spinach and cheese byrek is a great ingredient combination and full of flavour, plus can be made with homemade or ready made filo... Leek pie can be prepared quickly and and tastes great both hot and cold plus, this dish can be served as dinner or lunch. This is a simple Albanian drink containing corn flour, wheat flour, sugar and water.  Bozë is an ancient drink influenced by Ottomans.  It’s a sort of brown/yellow colour. One of the most popular Albanian dishes, one that my mother-in-law makes very well!  This traditional Albanian dish can be described as a quiche.   It’s made with milk, butter, white cheese (feta) and cooked spaghetti. The most popular are veal stew (ferges), roast beef in fermented milk sauce (rosto-misalche-kosi), cabbage rolls (sarma), and sheep pluck stuffed with meat and vegetables (kukurech). In Albania this eye catching, delicious and colorful vegetable dish was made particularly for New Year’s Eve dinner and it was present on almost all tables. All Rights Reserved © 2015 - 2020 | Cookies Policy | Privacy Policy | Website Terms | Questions | Work With Us. What is it: One of Albania’s favorite dishes, prepared by making a dough of minced... 2. Another popular vegetable dish is … This is a meal which I eat homecooked, it’s not one that I have seen on menus (especially here in, This is a dish which comes from the UNESCO city of. One of Albania's national dishes, fërgesë tirane is a baked vegetable and cheese specialty originating from the capital of Tirana. Shrimps 6. A variety of soups are enjoyed, particularly in the winter. Join our group of foodies and get recipes, news and cooking tips straight from the kitchen. Fish 5. Just like raki, tea is used for many medical problems.  In Albania, there is a tea for every sort of problem you could have.  One of the most popular is Sideritis also known as mountain tea because it’s grown in the mountains.  This tea is everywhere, there’s so much that you probably would never have to buy it.  Another popular Albanian tea is cherry tail tea which helps with an array of problems too and is a little sweet and a little bitter. Back when I used to eat this dish often, I … !  They make a couple of different beers, a light and a dark.  I don’t normally like dark beers but this one I don’t mind, it’s delicious. This particular Albanian byrek is made with mashed pumpkin and its delicious.  It’s sort of sweet but savoury at the same time.  A perfect snack or even meal! A cold soup?  Yes!  This dish is a popular Balkan dish, so it’s not only found in Albania.  This delicious soup is made with yoghurt, garlic, thyme and vinegar. Like coffee, wine is an important part of Albanian cuisine and culture.  That’s because Albanians have been making wine for thousands of years.  They have some of the best climate and terrain for grape growing, grapes are everywhere in the summer!  One of the best places to taste local wine is a winery called Cabo, in Berat.  Here you can have tastings and they even have a platter option so you can snack and learn about their wine. My Albanian Food. ress_js("//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs#MarketPlace=US&adInstanceId=25094609-a070-4a51-94d1-b6b8e35d0147"); I'm a travel blogger from New Zealand but now based in the small country of Albania. One of the most popular cheese types in Albania, kaçkavall is a typical Albanian cheese often served as a side dish or snack. This Albanian dessert is another rice-based pudding but with raisins, cinnamon, almonds, cloves, brown sugar and sometimes mutton broth.  It’s a darker dessert and not creamy like Sultjash. Fërgesë 10. 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