Known for its warm climate and for being the epicenter of the convergence of European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cultures, Malta offers not only luxury rentals and apartments, but delicious cuisine as well. Many of these popular dishes are akin to widely known international meals—but with a Maltese twist. Examples include Timpana, which is similar to the Greek dish pastitsio, and kapunata, which is comparative to French ratatouille. Here is a small selection of other dishes worth trying during your stay.
Because Malta consists of three small islands, seafood is in great supply. Torta tal-lampuki, or simply lampuki, is a dolphin fish similar to mahimahi, and is usually baked into a pie. Some variations find lampuki fried or grilled and served with a heaping side of kapunata. During Lenten months, torta tal-lampuki is especially popular, as observant Catholics seek to avoid meals containing meat and dairy products.
Thinking of visiting the Gozo region or searching for cheap places to stay there? Try a plate of Gozitan ravjul, a ravioli made with ġbejniet, a cheese exclusive to Malta that is used in the ravioli instead of ricotta. Gbejniet is made from sheep or goat’s milk and is coated in black pepper and olive oil salt, giving it a distinct flavor.
This rabbit stew is considered Malta’s national dish. With rabbit as its main ingredient, stuffat tal-fenek usually contains potatoes, onions, tomatoes, spices, olive oil, and red wine—sometimes up to three-quarters of a bottle! All of this is usually prepared in a slow cooker, ensuring that the rabbit meat is as tender and succulent as possible. Some Maltese prefer to start this meal with a rich pasta before following it up with this savory stew.
With dishes this delectable to choose from, it is no wonder that Malta is a booming tourist attraction. While seeking accommodations, take a moment to savor some of its exceptional cuisine.