It's basically a macaroni pie.
Well, the Maltese mixed two dishes into one. Imagine a penne tray with cheese and bolognese sauce. Now put it in a pie dough, like a chicken pie. This is timpana, typical Maltese food sold in the best bars and cheap restaurants in the country. Robust, the dish can also include egg and other meats in the recipe.
2. Pastizz (singular) or Pastizzi (plural, as it is impossible to eat one)
The most famous typical Maltese food in the world is also the easiest to find in the country. Pastizzi goes well for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and especially at dawn, to give that drink a hold after the Paceville ballads. I'll summarize it like this: it's like a puff pastry empanada, and the main fillings are pea and ricotta creams. But there is also Pastizz of meat, cheese and other flavors more normal to our taste, including NUTELLA.
3. Tal-Lampuki, the fish pie
Known in Brazil as Dourado-do-Mar, Cabeçudo and a dozen names, in Malta he is simply Lampuki, a very common fish in Maltese cuisine.
Lampuki's schools invade the Mediterranean and pass through Malta between late August and late December. To eat fresh fish, this is the best time. Tal-Lampuki, an ugly pie with fish, is the most common recipe. But it is also served sliced with herb sauce, in the “Aljotta” soup, or with hobz, the typical bread Malta. There is even the Ceviche de Lampuki, served mainly at festivals, in the high season of fish.
4. Minestra, Malta's vegetarian soup
Vegetarian travelers can go easy on Malta. The country has vegan, vegetarian and typical recipes that do not take meat. The most famous is the minestra, a soup based on vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, green beans and peas, among others.
If you ask in Italy, they will say that even the name is Italian, so Malta would be usurping this typical food. So it is better to avoid controversy (but in the end it is the same thing, even this photo above is an Italian minister). Other soups Malta, not all vegetarian, are Tal-Armala, made with vegetables and ricotta, and Aljotta, a fish soup with tomatoes and garlic.
5. Fenek, the rabbit meat
But the fact is that when Maltese see a fuzzy bunny running, they feel their mouth water. That's because rabbit meat is one of the favorites of the island's inhabitants, and is present in different recipes: roasted rabbit, fried rabbit, rabbit stewed with herb sauce… So, if you think the animals are beautiful, don't even think about spending Easter in Malta, because instead of chocolate rabbits, you will see is rabbits baked on the plate. (Between us, I tried a boiled rabbit and thought it looked like chicken meat, nothing worth the sacrifice, literally).
6. Imqaret or Date Cake
At the entrance to Valletta, the capital of Malta, it is difficult to resist the kiosks and street food carts that sell the most common typical candy in Malta.
Flattened and rectangular in shape, the imqaret is a fried dough filled with a date paste. Many bars and street vendors sell the imqaret throughout the country, but only if you are lucky will you find the delicacy sold together with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
7. Qaghaq tal- Ghasel, the Christmas cookie
If you are going to spend Christmas in Malta, leave the panettone aside and join the Maltese to taste this sweet cookie with an unpronounceable name. In fact, better to call by the English name, “Honey Rings”, that is, sweet rings. The preparation has no secret: it is basically a baked cookie filled with cane molasses.