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What Traditionally Maltese food and drink can one find in Malta

By May 30, 2021 June 10th, 2021 No Comments
Traditional Maltese food is being cooked in St hotels restaurant

One can only do justice to the unique culinary experience which exists on this island by framing it in the Maltese Mediterranean context in which it is embedded. That is, we shall first give a brief overview of Malta as an island, to better understand it’s cuisine.

About Malta

The small archipelago in the Mediterranean known as Malta is renowned for its many wonders. From its magnificent crystal clear waters to its vast cultural history that spans a number of centuries. Traditional maltese recipes we have today have been passed through the generations. These are influenced by neighbouring countries, and previous rulers, yet unique due to the amount of freshly available ingredients in the mediterranean climate. We would recommend you come and experience this fabulous food yourselves.

Maltese Bread

We will now explore a few of the most popular foods which are enjoyed by both the foreigners and the locals alike. Starting from different foods coming from Maltese bread. Malta has a rich history in bakery and it’s ingrained in the tradition of the country.

‘Ħobż tal-Malti’

This translates to Maltese bread. Traditionally baked, this bread has a crunchy crust on the outside and fluffy white texture from the inside. It doesn’t taste anything like the regular loaf of sliced white bread you might be used to from your local supermarket.

‘Ftira’

This popular type of maltese bread. It is a flat baked, disc-shaped, usually portion-sized bread that shares its crusty outside with a regular loaf of Maltese bread. This is usually bought as a whole or sliced, and it is a popular option in lunchrooms and is prepared with a number of delicious ingredients found in Malta.

‘Hobz biz-zejt’

This is a traditional maltese snack sold as street food which literally translates to ‘bread with oil’.This is a sandwich which is typically rubbed with fresh Maltese tomatoes. It is then drizzled with olive oil and filled with a variety of ingredients which differ depending on each person’s preferences.These include, garlic, olives, onions, pepper, tuna, or capers.

Maltese Street Food

Malta is also known for its street food which you won’t find anywhere else in the world – unless owned by a Maltese citizen!

‘Pastizzi’

This is a flaky pastry  filled with ricotta mushy peas, or chicken which came around in Malta in the 1990s. This is another type of food which is sold as street food. It is considered fast food for the Maltese who walk to the nearest ‘pastizzeria’ to grab this delicious savoury snack. Best of all, they are cheap, addictive, and pastizzerias are all over the island.

‘Qassatat’

This is another type of maltese snacks which one can find at the pastizzeria. It is another type of savory pastry which is stuffed with peas, spinach and cheese. 

Fish

Due to the fact that Malta is an island, it is safe to say that fish has always been popular. 

You’ll be able to find all kinds of local fish served fresh daily in local restaurants, but there are specific types of fish that are more popular among the Maltese.
A trip to the Marsaxlokk fish market on Sunday morning will show you just how varied the fish is in Malta.

‘Lampuka’

This is a type of dolphin fish also referred to as Mahi-mahi. It is caught seasonally and available as fresh catch during the period of 15th of August through to the end of December. You’ll still be able to have Lampuka at other times of the year, but it obviously won’t be as fresh. Still worth your while though! This type of fish is also popularly served in pie form, known as ‘Torta tal-Lampuki’.The freshly-caught lampuki are cooked alongside several other foods. These include onions, olives, tomatoes, capers and spinach and placed in a puff-pastry before being baked in the oven.

Swordfish

Another type of fish which is very common in Malta is locally caught swordfish, prepared as a dish called Pixxispad (grilled swordfish steak). This is usually fried in olive oil, lemon added – Super tasty. 

Drinks

As for the drinks, Malta is not limited aswell.

Beer

Malta is known for it’s beer brands – especially Cisk and Lord Chambray. The original Lager Beer is a golden-coloured, bottom-fermented lager . Known for it’s distinct and well balanced taste. While bitter – it’s also pleasant. This is popular amongst many tourists.

As for Lord Chambray it’s slightly a more expensive option – but have different tastes which constraints natural ingredients from Gozo. If you are one for spicy beer – than Lord Chambray is for you.

‘Anisetta’

Anisette is a drink which is known around the world but known for it’s origins from the seas of the mediterenean especially in Malta.

With the country known to use the anice and develop plenty of flavours from it such as hazelnut anisette or even lemon!

Even in it’s origins, it’s really rare to find with the drink being sacred for the maltese. 

Wine

With it’s history of preserving nature, Malta has a consistent history of wineries, especially delicata and Marsovin.

With plenty of grapes available in the country, Malta is also good for those who look forward for that classy glass of wine.

The wine in Malta also ranges from cheap to expensive – fitting every type of budgets.

Popular grapes in Malta are Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. You are set fo’r a fantastic scenery.

Orzata

Orzata is a famous drink in Malta, loved by tourists especially – Spanish tourists due to it’s origins from Spain. It’s a drink with Hazelnut – which you consume with water.

The Maltese like to consume during Malta as it’s best served cold in hot weather – both when you are having a meal or having a drink to kill thirst.

Another drink like Orzata is ‘Ruggiata’ which is basically the same but with orange rather than hazelnut. 

While you can find and it’s best served fresh – you can also find it in bottles which you just distill with water and enjoy it.

Careful though! As some Maltese find it offensive.

Conclusion

It is safe to say that among Malta’s many wonders, it’s mediterranean cuisine stands out as one of it’s best features. Come for a visit and give your tastebuds a journey they will surely not forget!

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