Yes, really! I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my very own eyes and tasted it with my very own mouth! Who’d imagine it was possible! Still, a fish like the sole, called švoj in this part of the Adriatic, can be served in so many irresistible ways, it’s no wonder it’s considered a treasure of the local sea.
Some of the sole dishes this part of Istria offers are a veritable symphony of flavors and tastes: mad with locally made olive oil or mushrooms, fine Teran or Malvasia wine, or, for those looking for a simpler dish, just a few drops of lemon juice. Sole, prepared with just a dash of lemon juice and olive oil, can make a great appetizer, while as an entree, it’s served fried or baked. It goes well with different pasta and is simply magical in a risotto. Since it’s a fish with very few bones, it’s no wonder!
Sole meat is very tender and tasty, which makes it easy to combine with aromatic ingredients such as truffles, rosemary, or cognac. If you’re looking for a dish that’s outside the norm – the norm being Swiss chard and potatoes – some of the previously mentioned ingredients will certainly turn your plate into a proper fish delicacy. What are some other ingredients great with this fish? Find out firsthand: visit the Sole Days Festival around Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla! This year it takes place from October 13th until the end of November. It’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed and that your taste buds will remember for a long, long time!