Some people might think twice about Greek cuisine. After all, the historic country is more famous because of its ancient ruins and civilization, as well as the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
But once you get a taste of what Greek food is like, you'll surely be begging in seconds. Their cuisine is inspired by its long history and tradition, along with Eastern and Western influences. If you're in Greece and want to try the cherry-on-top dishes of their cuisine, here are some of the local foods you should try:
Galaktoboureko. The name itself is a mouthful, but so as the myriad of flavors dancing in your mouth when you take a bite. A traditional Greek dessert, it's made of crispy phyllo, creamy mustard and scented syrup molded together with melted butter on top.
Kythnos Pies. You can only find this marvel of food in Kythnos, and the journey is well worth the wait. More of a shortbread pastry, Kythnos pies taste like the offspring of traditional cheesecake and quiche. It's cheesy and savory with just the right amount of sweetness.
Moussaka. Commonly found in most Greek tavernas, don't think twice about trying this really good dish. Moussaka is made by cooking minced beef with tomato sauce which is then layered with sweet aubergines and filled with a rich, creamy béchamel sauce. After eating this dish, you'll be so full there's almost no room for dessert.
Tiropites. What's great about Greek cuisine is that it doesn't necessarily require a boatload of ingredients to make something so delicious. Like this dish Tiropites, it's basically just filo pastry cut up in triangles which is then filled with a mixture of Greek cheese. Simplicity at its finest.
Souvlaki. This dish is similar to Gyros in terms of popularity and level of deliciousness. Greek cuisine is not that fond of meat as much as the West, but when they do meat dishes then you can be sure they're all exceptionally good. In Souvlaki, meat made of pork or chicken is seasoned perfectly and cooked with a generous load of tzatziki sauce.