A Taste of Traditional

During my language exam this last week, I ended up talking about food. Of course. Naturally, my language teacher steered the conversation to Albanian food. You might be thinking goat, sheep brain, cow tongue or eyeball. I have eaten all of this things here, but I try to forget about those “delicacies.”  If we’re talking about my favorite food in all of Albania, it would have to be Fasule. Fasule in shqip means beans. If you were to order Fasule at a restaurant (which you can do at almost any city here), you would end up with a bowl of delicious bean soup.

Fasule

Fasule

My coworkers husband, Gergi, owns a cafe near my apartment in Permet. They are like my family here and he grins every time Liila and I walk in for coffee.I was talking to him about my conference and language exam. I mentioned that I had talked about my favorite food being Fasule, I just didn’t know how to make it. He started laughing, for some reason Albanians always think it’s funny when I tell them this is my favorite dish. Apparently it is very “Shqiptar” of me. He decided that I needed to learn how to make Fasule…tomorrow. All I needed to do was come back to the cafe the following morning, with my camera. He wanted me to document every step of the process to ensure that I didn’t forget how. But if we’re being honest, I will probably just go back to his restaurant if I want traditional food. He is the best cook I have seen yet in this country, why not take advantage?! Plus, he has a wood stove and free wifi.

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He also taught us how to make Kos, which is albanians version of yogurt.

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I learned a few things today while make this soup. It is one of the easiest dishes I have made here, and it has an Albanian amount of oil and salt in it. Not that I should be surprised, can’t forget where I am or who is making my food. It didn’t stop me from enjoying every last drop. When you have to work for your food, I think it might actually taste better!

It's ready!

It’s ready!

Mountain tea to go with our soup

Mountain tea to go with our soup

Yep, I made that.

Yep, I made that.

2 thoughts on “A Taste of Traditional

  1. What a lovely blog! My spouse and I (both of us are RPCVs from Azerbaijan) are visiting Albania this August (!) and I was looking for food advice. What to have, where to have it, etc. would you be willing to send personal insight to me via email?

    I also see that you visited Turkey 🙂 feel free to check out my blog too! Cheers!

    • Thank you! Of course, I would love to send some recommendations for you while traveling through Albania! It is always nice to meet another foodie 🙂 I will send out an email at some point this week. Good luck with your travels!

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