Статьи  >  Imagine  >  What do they eat: Albania

What do they eat: Albania

Автор: 07.10.2021 | Albania, what do they eat
Flavorous Çömlek, refreshing Tarator and warming Skanderbeg – what is it that we’re talking about? If Balkan countries are far from you and you didn’t spend your latest vacation by Adriatic Sea, today we’ll fill in the gaps and invite you to Albania but not for a simple tour but to the kitchen so if you manage to come back without extra kilograms, you can be safely awarded a self-mastery medal.

Main distinctive of Albanian cuisine is commonly considered possibility to try delights from very different civilizations within the territory of one relatively small country. Thousand years of living “in between” left its mark on culinary preferences. Therefore even despite 20% of population being Muslims, pork is there at every turn because other Albanians eat it with pleasure. Main products, even in “sea regions” where one can try the tastiest mussels in entire Europe, are ecologically clean vegetables, available year around, and meat.

See also: Gjirokastër: “Albanian Rome”

Stewed beef called Çömlek, stuffed cabbage leaves with lemon and tomatoes called Sarma, potatoes with vegetables called Güveç, dish made of liver and eggs called Tirana Fergese – these are all that you must try without fail because there are hardly many peoples who can make combination of products of vegetable and animal origins so proper and juiced. Upon trying all of these treasures one may not need to wash dishes because flavorous and rich toppings are soaked with local bread to the last drop.Photо mb.cisiо

As to soups, everything is just fine with them in Albania: fish (Supë peshku) and vegetable (Supё me perime) ones are the most widely spread. And, sure enough, summer hit deserves being mentioned separately: cold Tarator soup made of nuts, sour milk, cucumbers, garlic and spicery. Upon hearing from locals that Tarator helps get slimmer, guests, realizing that they’ve gained some weight during their trip, start going heavy on it in hope to bring lost shape back. The only problem is that, although it might help grow thinner, but it is impossible to limit yourself to just one plate – it is so tasty.Photоshtypi.nеt

Fish menu is a separate point in gastro culture of Albania. Aside from seas, three largest Balkan lakes are situated in the country therefore there are enough water treasures to spare. You should definitely try famous carp fished out from Shkodër Lake or trout that inhabits Lake Ohrid. Local fishermen say that the last one fished out every week is sent by special delivery to United Kingdom – to be served for Elizabeth II. Gigantic shrimps, mussels and octopuses are also irresistible. These assets both live in the wild and are purposely cultivated: in the south of the country, near Butrint, the largest plantation is situated from where fresh seafood products are distributed among elite restaurants of the Old World.Photо 4.bp.blо

Macchiato and espresso coffee are believed to be favorite drinks among locals. They are cooked very strong but despite that it is customary to drink them not just in the morning but all through the day. If we talk about alcohol, Rakia is considered a national drink and it is consumed “for appetite”. Just as popular is local Skanderbeg cognac, wines and anise vodka. As to low-alcohol drinks, Albanian beer “Tirana”, “Kaon” and “Korca” are very tasty.

Sweet traditions of Albania have been very significantly influenced by the Turks therefore fruits in sugar, rice with honey and rahat lokum are served most often. Traditional hot countries delight– ice cream that is called akullore – will become a true joy for sweet teeth, “Behari” is believed to be the best brand. Another must-try desert is Trilece – most delicate sponge cake covered in caramel and soaked with milk.


And the best thing is that all of these don’t cost much in Albania. For instance, for a huge lunch for two based on seafood, with a jugful of wine and several deserts you’ll pay some 15-20 euro. At that, no matter what your appetite is, they will most likely pack with care half of your order to go. Therefore in Albanian one can, and probably even should, gain some weight to experience this very tasty deliberate south way of life – at least on vacation.

Cover photо

Вам это будет интересно:
Gjirokastër: “Albanian Rome”
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
What do they eat: Algeria
OUTLOOK is pleased to present our "most delicious section", the texts of which will be interesting not only for gourmets and chefs but also for those who like to keep up and learn new stuff. Today we’ll have a look at Algerian kitchens and tell about traditional and most popular dishes from this great country.
What do they eat: Portugal
Having been to Portugal, at the very edge of Europe, the OUTLOOK could not help paying attention to the local cuisine. Read below about gastronomical predilections of residents and tourists of this once one of the greatest empires in the world.
What do they eat: Rome’s cuisine
OUTLOOK often tells about the kitchens of the peoples around the world, but when it comes to Italy, writing about the country should be a crime. Each of its twenty regions has its own culinary world with the subtleties and specialties. Let the title of gastronomic capital of Italy be Bologna, its official capital - Rome, too, has something to boast about. We are telling you what is remarkable about Roman cuisine...
What do they eat: Ukraine
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
What do they eat: Latvia
It is commonly believed that Latvia is all about Riga’s seashore, ancient cozy cities and perfect climate. All of it is true, but somehow many forget local cuisine. Having visited the country, Outlook cannot but share a story of delicious and sometimes very unusual dishes.
What do they eat: Belgium
There is no other country in the world that has suffered so much from restaurant critics as Belgium. Riding superficially on waves of French-Italian mainstream, glossy publications scold Belgians mercilessly for their provincial tastes and universal cult of potatoes. Just think of it: to chase seafood with vulgar French fries and serve potato pudding as a main dish!
What do they eat: Peru
Today Iya Zaitseva shares her impressions of Peruvian cuisine that is rightfully considered one of the most diverse and delicious in the world. The word is that even meticulous researchers from Guinness World Records lost count when including Peruvian cuisine as the richest in terms of number of dishes.
What do they eat: Malaysia
It is easier to try teasing odor of Malay cuisine than to describe it. Give a shot at throwing into a boiling kettle a thimbleful of India and a pinch of China, spice it up with pungent infusion of Indonesia and sultry spirit of Morocco, add a couple of drops of Siam and stew on slow fire for several hundred years watching scattering of Portuguese influence melt in checkered amalgam of culinary traditions of peoples of Malaysia – and you will taste bliss.
In search of gastronomic Eldorado
I admit, this is not an easy topic - to describe the kitchen, which has recently become the main one for me. Now I live in Ecuador and have not tasted cabbage rolls, dumplings and even black bread for a long time. Although, I confess, I cooked borsch several times. Someone else's kitchen initially surprises, then becomes cloying and only at the third stage of acquaintance with it, begins to open its secrets.
What do they eat: Greece
Traditional Greek cuisine is full of paradoxes. The menu of Greek taverns contradicts all the laws of healthy eating: the descendants of the Hellenes loved fried meat, sheep cheese and sweets, dine late, honor the god Dionysus - and remain slim and fit up to having gray hair. Do not be afraid to make a mistake when counting calories: national Greek dishes - a joy for body and soul!
What do they eat: the United Kingdom
Cuisine of the United Kingdom is a nightmare for nutritionists, gourmets and other healthy food experts. A typical Englishman doesn’t honor art of cooking much and for the sake of saving time often grabs a snack on the go with fresh vegetables and fruits present in the diet purely technically. We know exactly where to look for and will be happy to share with you!
What do they eat. The Netherlands
First thing that stirs up a newcomer in the Netherlands is food vandalism. It is customary for citizens of this small northern country not to handle dishes with kid gloves, even if those are bacon or hot ribs richly seasoned with berry sauce. Therefore anything that a stomach can't accommodate over lunch or dinner gets thrown away by Dutchmen with ease...
Mediterranean diet: the nutrition system as the cultural heritage
Pleasant sea breeze, silky whish of olive leaves, tasty cheese, fish, pasta, glass of a good wine from the local vineyard. Mediterranean feast is the true savor. By the way, it is worth it because Mediterranean diet keeps unique reputation. This is the only system of nutrition that is recognized by UNESCO as the national cultural heritage.
What do they eat: Armenia
Gastro-tourism is the most important part of any trip to the Caucasus, as food for local people is culture and national code, the same significant as architecture, mentality and folk art. Today it is turn for Armenia to enrich our section dedicated to the cuisines of the world;here are some authentic Armenian foods you cannot afford to miss.
What do they eat: Bolivia
Bolivian cuisine is the diversity of flavours, mostly inherited from the ancient Indians. Only in Bolivia, you can enjoy authentic dishes cooked according to their indigenous recipes, not influenced by European trends. After a hearty dinner of banana puree with alpaca meat, sitting comfortably in a rocking chair with a mug of the traditional Mate drink, you will feel perfect enjoying the stunning sunset above the mountain slopes.
What do they eat: Azerbaijan
In our today’s column dedicated to culinary traditions of different countries – Her Majesty Food of Azerbaijan. You know why treat it only with such respect if you have already been and eaten there. If you haven’t – read OUTLOOK
What do they eat: Kyrgyzstan
With the passage of time, people in this country have not ceased to amaze guests with their mentality and thoughtful approach to cooking of homemade meals. Salty tea, sour soups, snacks from horse meat - a bold combination of products and flavours defy culinary clichés, thus creating gourmet masterpiece delighting indigenous population and surprising visitors to the valley of the Celestial Mountains.
Woman who is a man
Level up in emancipation. They did not just replace men, they became men. Known for being conservative, Albania still has a tradition under which females can be easily replaced by males. Without plastic surgery. Mainly young girls take over to live as men.
Outlook facebook page