Turkey is rich in history, culture, and has many scenes that are as majestic as you’ve heard, the beaches, even more so. It is also home to some of the world’s best cuisine that money can buy. You might want to get your belly ready for this tantalizing list of Turkish treats:
A classic Turkish breakfast that locals love, it’s made with eggs, peppers, tomatoes, onions and heaps of spices. Some Turks even add a kind of yeasted flatbread called bazlama, dipping it into breakfast dishes such as menemen.
Typically served in a big metal dish, you can bet that it’s a breakfast dish for groups. Other optional ingredients include spicy Turkish sausage known as sucuk, spinach, mint and feta cheese. Menemen is a cherished breakfast available at many breakfast and brunch places in Turkey.
Katip Mustafa Celebi Mahallesi, Istiklal Street, Sadri Alışık Sokak, No 14 / A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İstiklal Cd. No:7, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Another staple, köfte is a type of meat ball or patty that’s made with minced or ground meat – usually beef or lamb. It can be stewed, in sandwiches, salads, or with plain yoghurt and some mint.
The name is Persian, when translated means “to grind” or “to smash”. According to a study by a private company, there are more than 291 different kinds of Turkish köfte within the country itself. Give these flavourful patties a try and explore a variety of them when you travel gorgeous Turkey.
Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta
Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:12, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi
Paşa, No3 34112, Fatih Sultan Cd., 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
With origins of Ottoman cuisine, Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry with layers of chopped nuts (usually pistachio) and held together with syrup or honey. It is a delicious specimen that’s great is a mid-day snack.
The forms of Baklava have evolved over the years, though its original form was believed to have originated from the imperial kitchens of Tokapi Palace. They say a well-made baklava is in the crackling sound it makes when a fork is poked into it.
Karamızrak Sk., 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Mehmet Nesih Özmen Mahallesi, Fatih Caddesi, Keresteciler Sitesi, No 9, Merter, Güngören, İstanbul
Probably one of Turkey’s key street food is Dürüm which refers to a sandwich or wraps with kebab ingredients. It is available almost everywhere and usually available in chicken, lamb, or beef, slow cooked. Yum!
Dürüm uses a different type of flatbread called lavash which is sturdier to hold meat, vegetables, and sauces. It is arguably the most beloved of all Turkish street food.
Hüseyinağa, Kamer Hatun Cd. 26/A, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Mehmet and Ali Baba Kebab House
Atatürk, 1047. Sk. no: 4, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
Hot out of the oven is a crisp, cheese-filled delight also known as kunefe. It comes from the South-Eastern region of Turkey, has unique elements such as shredded kadayif noodle dough, and soaked in sweet syrup and topped with clotted cream.
Many describe its texture as soft and stringy. This savoury dessert is a must-try for all cheese lovers. A variety of cheese can be used to make this dish such as Hatay peyniri, Antep peyniri, Urfa peyniri or lor peyniri.
Karşıyaka Mah., Tekel Cad. Öcükoğlu Sok. No:6, 27500 Şehitkamil/Gaziantep, Turkey
Ekol Hatay Kunefe
Selamiali Mah. Nuh Kuyusu Cad. No:74/B | Uskudar Merkez, Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey (Uskudar)
More commonly known as Turkish delight, lokum is the mother of all gelatinous confections in Turkey. It is flavoured with rosewater, mastic, bergamot orange or lemon to give us a fragrant and light taste.
The original ones are small cubes dusted with powdered sugar to keep them separated, however, flavours have expanded so much to include chopped dates, hazelnuts, walnuts and more. Turkish delights make great gifts and are a beauty to look at too.
Kantarcilar Cd. No: 68 | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
Hamidiye Cad. No:33, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey
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