Istrian food you must try before leaving Premantura
When you are already in Prematura, don’t miss the traditional Istrian food and gourmet specialities. I have made a list of 5 delicious specialties you have to try when you are in Premantura or Istria.
The imagination of Istrian housewives in their kitchen, had to be rich and creative because they often have limited food during many occupations. At their tables were mostly foods prepared of seasonal fruits and vegetables from nature, with the addition of aromatic spices.
Different traditions were involved in the Istrian kitchen, brought from Frankish, German , Romanic and Slavic people. However, all the dishes that arrived in this region have given a seal to Istria. Basics of Istrian kitchen are cooked meals, a lot of spices, lots of wild plants, fish, wine vinegar is optional and olive oil. Also wine is a very important ingredient in cooking. In the spring, chefs will surprise you with wild asparagus, in summer with seafood and in autumn they will reach for truffles. In winter tavernas will offer you minestrone soup, cabbage and fried sausages, and even more of Istrian traditional foods.
When you first come to Istria, you have to try at least one of the fish dishes and seafood. Although, i am sure you won’t stop at just one meal. You won’t be able to try such fresh and delicious fish anywhere else. Whether you will visit one of the excellent restaurants with fish specialities, or you go to the market in the morning and buy fresh fish to prepare it yourself, you wont be disappointed. I would recommend you to go to the Istrian fishing festivals where you can eat various seafood delicacies at very low prices. Also don’t forget to try the scallops which are great in Istria.
Besides that, if you don’t like seafood that much, you can always eat the Istrian pasta specialities, pljukanci and fuzi. They are served with different sauces in various restaurants. Although a very simple dish, it is very popular in Istria and among tourists from different parts of the world.
You can combine pasta with the Istrian traditional steak from boskarin. Boskarin is the white grey cattle in Istria which ranks among the most popular specialities of this area. This is a dish that is typical for Istria, but you can eat boskarin in other restaurants in Croatia.
Another meat speciality in Istria is their smoked ham. No gathering here, will go without this gourmet speciality. You can try it in Istrian homes, but also in tavernas and restaurants. You will be enchanted by the Istrian evenings which start and end with good wine, smoked ham and a lot of laughter.
Don’t forget to try various spreads, cheeses, oils and meals with truffles which can be found in Istria. One of the biggest truffles, weighing 1.31kg, was found by Giancarlo Zigante in Istria. It was listed in the Guinness Book of Records. These are just five of the many delights of delicious Istrian food.
After you have read these tips hopefully you know what to order when you come to Istria and enjoy your stay in this Croatian beauty.