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What To Eat in Corfu

November 03, 2021
Beyond its beaches and historic sites, Greece is pretty beloved for its food. Its flavorful cuisine has some of the richest dishes and delicacies alike, enough to be coveted and favored throughout the entire world. What's even more interesting is that a few specific places in the country have their own local treats. Be they scintillatingly savory dishes or sweet desserts you never knew you needed, they offer the true flavor of the places where they come from. A good example is the island of Corfu. You'll find that you might find your next favorite dish on this beautiful island.

What To Eat in Corfu


Noumboulo

The Greeks are as much into charcuterie as the French and the Italians. For instance, the cheeses from Crete have decorated many charcuteries in the country, even beyond the Greek island itself. As for here in Corfu, one common cold cut is Noumboulo, made out of pork loins. Although this particular delicacy came from Venetian influence, there's no denying that the meat itself has become a staple in Corfu's local cuisine. Whether it's used for an appetizer or as an ingredient in other dishes, you'll find that many of the island's meaty treats will often have a bit of Noumboulo in them!
What To Eat in Corfu
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Sofrito

Another Venetian influence that Corfu cuisine has adopted is Sofrito, slowly fried beef mixed with garlic. Although, on this island, the locals pack in a lot more vegetables too. The use of garlic is what separates it from its Italian counterpart. Those from Corfu make sure of special garlic called 'kakavilia' to further enhance its flavor. Though this causes a rather pungent smell and unappetizing deep brownish color, it nevertheless makes the dish much richer in terms of taste and texture. The fact that, despite its unattractive qualities, Sofrito remains a favorite among Corfu dinner tables and foodie hotspots is not to be ignored!
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Pastitsado

Out of all the local dishes on this list, Pastitsado is probably the most popular of them all. Essentially, it's red wine stew with meat (commonly either beef or rooster) served with pasta. There's no definite kind of pasta that Pastitsado is known for, hence, chefs can rely on their creativity to make this dish even more delicious. However, the most popular kinds of Pastitsado come with either Penne or Pici pasta. Nevertheless, regardless of that, the rich taste of the stew with the tenderized meat will undoubtedly remain just as delicious.
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Fish Bianco

As with any other Greek Island, you can expect that seafood will be the main part of Corfu's cuisine. And the most popular dish of them all is Fish Bianco, a kind of fish stew. There are many ways to go about preparing it. One of the popular ways is to simmer the fish in white wine and serve it on a bed of steamed potatoes. The combination of the softened vegetable with the salty goodness of the fish makes for quite the savory sensation. Another is to add some lemon zest too, trotting out its Mediterranean flavor.
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Veal Fricando

Going back to the meat side, there's also Veal Fricando. Whether it's larded and braised or roasted, there's no denying that a veal loin is a staple in Greek cuisine altogether. The country's traditional taste is all about richness and texture, the kind where even one bit will already have you feeling full. And that's the type of sensation a nice helping of Veal Fricando will give you. Though the meat is tenderized, when it's served with a side of potatoes and vegetables, it's enough to give you a burst of savory flavors after just one bite!
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Mandolato

Finally, some dessert! Although Corfu offers a ton of treats, Mandolato has proven itself to be the most popular. After all, it's only nougat mixed with honey and almonds. At first glance, the dessert itself looks like your typical nougat treat, the kind you'll see practically anywhere else in the world. But, of course, the taste is what makes the difference, particularly the honey! The honey in Corfu is unlike any other, packed with a lot of natural sweetness that you won't find anywhere else. It's the flavor of this sweetener that makes one bit of Mandolato make you crave more!
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Who knew that even a largely underrated destination like Corfu would have its own fair share of unique yet delicious dishes and delicacies? It only goes to show that there's still much to learn—and eat—about Greek cuisine and all its many secrets!

Even better is that many of these Corfu dishes and delicacies are easy enough to make on your own in your luxury home.




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