Local foods you must absolutely taste in Crete
Once you come to Chania and stay at Airis Boutique Hotel and Suites, you have to be informed about the Cretan delicious cuisine. Here, we give you the opportunity to have a look at the most famous dishes that you must absolutely taste in Crete.
One of the top gastronomic delicacies in Crete is kalitsounia. It is one of the desserts which are very often served at the end of a meal in Crete. These famous delicacies can be found throughout the island with many different fillings.
Kalitsounia are usually made of “mizithra” cheese (or even greens and herbs) wrapped in pastry. The final touch to this small cheese pies is Cretan honey on the top, making a heady combination of sweet and savory.
Sfakiani pie is one of the most famous traditional pies in Crete. Originating from Sfakia in Chania, this pie is very thin like a crepe. It is filled with soft white Cretan cheese, mizithra and locals sprinkle Cretan honey on top for extra gastronomic pleasure.
Greek salad or horiatiki salad is a popular salad in Greek cuisine. It is made with chopped, crisp cucumber, ripe tomatoes, red onion, green peppers, olives and topped with a slab of crumbly feta cheese, olive oil and oregano.
Chaniotikoboureki is a special zucchini-potato pie made especially in Chania. The basic ingredients are zucchini potatoes and Cretan mizithra cheese. All these may be covered by a sheet of pastry.
This dish is primarily served at weddings or traditional events throughout Crete but nowadays you can often find it in restaurants. It consists of boiled rice cooked usually with lamb or chicken.
So, if you are planning to visit Chania, do not miss the opportunity to taste these delicious traditional dishes!