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  • Nick and Dariece | March 31, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    5 Albanian Meals You Won't Want to Miss

    5 Albanian Meals You Won't Want to Miss

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    As with many Balkan nations, Albania is a country that is relatively undiscovered by travelers. Not only is the country itself quite off-track, but not many people know about its delicious cuisine! Have you heard of Fegese? Probably not, as Albanian food isn't all that popular outside of the country itself. Here are five meals you won't want to miss on your trip to Albania.

    1. Fegese

    Let's start with a lunchtime favorite of ours. This dish is made from green and red peppers, skinned tomatoes, onions, cottage cheese and spices. These ingredients are baked together until a thick consistency is reached. The end result is basically a hearty dip, with chunks of delicious, soft vegetables. Fegese is typically served with bread for dipping, and is often eaten as an appetizer. This dish is meant for two people to enjoy, but we would often order one for each of us because it was too delicious to share! Not only is this meal tasty, but it's very inexpensive — $2.50 for bread and a bowl of dip, and you'll be full after eating this.

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    2. Tave Kosi

    Lamb and veal are popular meat choices in Albania, and Tave Kosi was one of our favorites. Served in an earthenware dish, lamb meat is covered in an egg and yogurt topping and baked in the oven. After the dish is finished cooking, it comes out resembling a quiche. Piercing through the fluffy egg topping will reveal the tender meat at the bottom. This is one of the most famous dishes in the country, and it costs just $4.

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    3. Speca me Glize

    Meat may be popular among Albanian people, but luckily for vegetarian travelers, there are many meatless dishes available. One good option is Speca me Glize, which is a meal made from red, yellow or orange peppers. The peppers are stuffed with rice, spices and cottage cheese, then baked in the oven. Surprisingly, this meal is very filling, and as with the other foods in Albania, this dish is cheap — $2 a plate.

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    4. Fresh Seafood

    Seafood may not be found only in Albania, but as the country is located along the Ionian Coast (which is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea), fish and shellfish are popular choices among the locals and tourists. In the city of Saranda, which is located right on the water, fishermen bring their catch of the day to shore for everyone to see and purchase. In one of the many seaside restaurants, you can order up a plate of grilled shrimp, or red mullet fish, for less than $10. Eating fresh seafood while in Albania is a must.

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    5. Shendetli

    To finish off this list, we had to add something sweet! Shendetli is a traditional Albanian dessert that is very popular with locals. This sweet dish is made with the usual cake ingredients — flour, baking soda, sugar and eggs. The addition of honey and walnuts are what makes this dessert different from other cakes. Once the cake has been cooked, a hot syrup made with vanilla, sugar and water is poured all over the top and the cake is left to soak overnight. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and the price is right at $1.20 a piece.

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    If you haven't tried Albanian food before, we suggest you either book your flight to the country, or look for a traditional Albanian restaurant in your own city. Trust us, the food is delicious and you won't be disappointed.

    What do you think? Does Albanian food sound like a cuisine that you would like? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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