Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Tirane is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Tirane to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Albanian meze: prosciutto ham, salami and brined cheese, roasted bell peppers (capsicum) and/or green olives marinated in olive oil with garlic.
- Arnavut Ciğeri: lamb livers and various condiments.
- Laker Turshi: pickled cabbage.
- Sarraga me Limua: fried sardines with lemon.
- Tavë me presh:baked leeks
- Albanian Tarator: yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, walnuts, dill, vegetable oil, and water.
- Jani me Fasul: white beans, onion, tomato sauce, olive oil, parsley, mint, salt, chili powder.
- Supë borsh me patate e lakër: onion, carrots, margarine, celery, flour, tomato sauce, meat stock, cabbage, vinegar, potatoes, beet roots, cream.
- Albanian Bean Salad: cooked garbanzo beans, cooked kidney beans and typically onions or other vegetables, in a vinaigrette broth, sugar.
- Albanian potato salad: potatoes, mayonnaise, eggs, onions.
- Albanian Tomato Cucumber Salad: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, feta cheese, olive oil, kalamata olive.
- Albanian tossed salad: romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, almonds, sesame seeds and other ingredients.
- Salad from Tirana: romaine lettuce, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and salt.
- Dolma (Sarma): stuffed grape leaves with rice.
- Fërgesë of Tirana with Veal: veal cutlets, cottage cheese or Greek feta cheese, butter, flour, onion, olive oil.
- Fërgesë Tirane: a hot fried dish of meat, liver, eggs and tomatoes.
- Gjellë me Arra të Ellit: chicken with walnuts.
- Harapash: polenta with the intestines of lamb, butter, cheese and corn flour.
- Kolloface Korçe: layered beef and eggplant casserole.
- Tavë kosi: baked lamb and rice, served with a yogurt sauce.
- Baklav: pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
- Ballokume: a type of crumpet.
- Hallvë: oil, flour, and sugar.
- Kabuni: a dessert made of rice fried in butter, mutton broth, raisins, a little bit of salt, sugar, cinnamon and ground cloves.
- Kadaif: pastry with a filling of chopped nuts.
- Kungullur: pastry layers filled with mashed pumpkin, butter, salt and sugar.
- Llokume (Llukumë): confections.
- Revani: a sweet cake made of a semolina or farina soaked in syrup.
- Sheqerpare: cookies in syrup.
- Albanian Burger Steak: burgers made from lamb.
- Musaka: potatoes, eggs, onions, hamburger, milk, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Qofte të fërguara: fried meatballs.
- Bakllasarëm: a layered pie without anything inside, which is covered with yoghurt and garlic, and then heated.
- Byrek: pastry stuffed with a mixture of cheese and eggs, spinach, and meat, or a sweet filling of pumpkin.
- Albanian Boza: a malt drink, made from maize and wheat.
- Albanian Merlot: red wine.
- Rakı: a non-sweet, anise-flavored spirit.
- Skënderbeu: cognac.
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