Roasted Goat's Head and Other Albanian Street Food
Earlier: Turkish Airlines
Walking around in Tirana, Albania, you often pass by little shops selling meats roasting on spits all day. Next to the chicken bodies: a row of rotating goat heads. Obviously, I had to try one. After all, it was only 300 leke for one, or a little less than $3 USD.
|Tonguing a dead goat, right before chewing on that tongue, which was like a tough, gamey jerky.|
The cheek meat was the best part, like tender pulled dear.
I wish they'd take those teeth out. It was hard not to be psyched out about this whole endeavor.
|Goat head, cracked openThe brains felt like pate and tasted as gamey as the rest of it.|
|The salce kosi (pronounced like the words "salsa cozy") in Albania is similarly not as good as Bosnia-Herzegovina's kaymek, but get it picante style and the yogurty mayo's pleasurable enough.|
|Most Albanians seem quite content at these cafes sipping one espresso and smoking cigarettes for 1-7 hours at a cafe where they spent the equivalent of $.60 USD.|
|The good news is the espresso (60-70 leke just about everywhere) isn't bad! It was really just like espresso most everywhere in Mexico, a little bitter but strong and enjoyable a 6/10. The only words you really need to know are:|
Nje (Pronounced "Nyee") - one (They don't even have a concept of a double espresso here, so just order one after another if you want more, or pretend you're ordering another one for a friend.)
Expres - espresso
Faleminderit (Fahl-uh-men-dair-it) - thank you
There's also the option of trying random snacks that aren't available in the U.S.:
|Clispy - Chicken Drums flavor - These adorable drumstick shaped snacks taste like Corn Chex cereal With a very recognizable chicken flavor. Arguable better than Lays' current Chicken and Waffles flavor if for no other reason than a better texture. If they added a hint of maple these bad boys, they'd be a shoe-in to win that flavor challenge.|
|They swapped out the cheese flavoring in favor of adding some peanut paste to the corn and shit that's in regular Cheetos. I liked them a lot, but not everyone has agreed with me.|
|The Tzatziki flavor was pretty damn good, not overly coated but not at all subtle either.|
Tornado Snax - Ham and mustard flavor - "Parental advisory: Explicit taste" my ass. They're lighter corn chips with a bit of mustard flavor and what may well only be a mental suggestion of ham. The most fun thing about them is the ingredients list, which is printed in fifteen different languages. Plus they are shaped like fucking tornadoes.
|At the equivalent of almost $10 USD, this Scandal ice cream was the most expensive (relative to the product) thing I found in all of Albania. You've gotta pay for your chocolate orgy.|
|This probably is available in the U.S., but I loved the free ("falas") pimp juice with pack of Pringles promo.|