Travelling to Malta and on the hunt for some local delicacies? You’re in luck – Maltese cuisine is some of the freshest and most diverse, so you’ll be sure to find something to please your palette. Here are some dishes you won’t want to miss while you’re there.
Those who enjoy meals full of carbs will be in their element if they order Timpana at a local restaurant – although those who are weight-conscious may want to steer clear. Traditionally prepared for Sunday meals with the family, this pasta-meets-pastry dish is hearty, warming and completely delicious. It usually consists of a mixture of penne pasta, minced meat, eggs and cheese, all enclosed in shortcrust pastry and topped with puff pastry. It definitely worth tasting, but maybe just have a small portion!
This is considered the most traditional Maltese soup, with recipes dating back centuries. The dish was often cooked by the poor since the vegetables used were so cheap, but has since been adapted into newer and more complex recipes. Typically, beans, peas, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes are the main ingredients, all combined in a cooking pot with tomato paste. The soup is sometimes served with cheese or a poached egg.
This rabbit stew was a popular dish during the Middle Ages as the meat was relatively cheap and easily accessible. Fenkata is known as the ‘national dish’ of Malta, so is almost always on the menu in local restaurants. Usually, Fenkata consists of two separate courses, the first being a bowl of spaghetti mixed with rabbit ragù, various herbs and a rich wine. Following this, a plate of rabbit meat is served alongside peas and fries.
These savoury snacks look rather similar to croissants, but are usually rolled in flaky pastry and stuffed with fillings such as mushy peas or ricotta. Wherever you are in Malta, you’re bound to find small tuckshops and pastizzerias serving this local favourite. In true Maltese style, make sure you enjoy you pastizzi with a cup of tea or a bottle of Kinnie (an orange-flavoured soft drink).
Make sure to look out for these delicious savoury dishes if you’re heading to Malta. Enjoy a real taste of culture and discover the unique and interesting flavours of the country.