Albania Food and Drink
Albanian cuisine is a heady blend of Ottoman and modern-day Italian, Greek and Turkish influences, with heavy stews, smoked meat and pickled cabbage served alongside Mediterranean-style fish, feta cheese and rice. Visiting vegetarians will find themselves eating a lot of salad; luckily, Albanian tomatoes and cucumbers are always fresh and delicious.
When it comes to drinking, you should try one of Albania’s high-quality wines, especially indigenous grapes such as kallmet (red and white) and shesh (red and white). Grapes are also used to make raki, a clear spirit that will knock your socks off.
Koran: A species of trout unique to the Ohrid and Prespa lakes.
Gjize: A salted curd cheese often used to bulk out dishes.
Paçë koke: A thick sheep's head soup.
Kukurec: Lamb or goat innards in a gut casing.
Jufka: Handmade pasta created using durum wheat flour.
Byrek: A triangular filo pastry usually filled with cheese, spinach or meat.
Fërgesë e Tiranës: A comforting casserole made with peppers, tomato and curd cheese.
Qofte Fërguara: Fried meatballs combining ground lamb or beef with herbs, feta cheese and bread.
Flija: Enormous pie-like pancake consisting of layers of crepes, brushed with cream and served with sour cream.
Tavë Kosi: Baked rice and lamb with egg, yogurt with soufflé-esque results.
Kafe turke: Turkish coffee made in the traditional Balkan way, with grounds and sugar brewed together.
Baklava: Pastry made with filo dough, soaked in honey, and topped with nuts
Trilice: Cake made with milk, cream, and concentrated milk.
The usual tipping practice is to round the bill up by about 10%.