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Basic Turkish Food Guide: Top 6 Dishes that are a Must-Try for Tourists

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:

 

Menemen

Try Menemen! Turkey's authentic delicacy. Source: Pixabay

Try Menemen! Turkey’s authentic delicacy. Source: Pixabay

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.

 

Dine at:

Lades Menemen 
Katip Mustafa Celebi Mahallesi, Istiklal Street, Sadri Alışık Sokak, No 14 / A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Taksim Sütiş
Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İstiklal Cd. No:7, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

 

 

Köfte

Turkish Meatballs? Sounds yummy! Source: Pixabay

Turkish Meatballs? Sounds yummy! Source: Pixabay

 

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.  

 

Dine at:

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

 

 

Baklava

Snack your day away with Turkish own Baklava! Source: Pixabay

Snack your day away with Turkish own Baklava! Source: Pixabay

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. 

 

Dine at:

Nazar Börek 
Karamızrak Sk., 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey

Köşkeroğlu
Mehmet Nesih Özmen Mahallesi, Fatih Caddesi, Keresteciler Sitesi, No 9, Merter, Güngören, İstanbul

 

 

Dürüm

Another type of kebab? Yes please! Source: Flickr

Another type of kebab? Yes please! Source: Flickr

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.

Dine at:

Dürümzade
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

 

 

Künefe

Crisp, cheese-filled delight of Turkey! Source: Flickr

Crisp, cheese-filled delight of Turkey! Source: Flickr

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.

 

Dine at:

Halil Usta 
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)

 

 

Lokum

Turkish own healthy gummies, Lokum! Source: Flickr

Turkish own healthy gummies, Lokum! Source: Flickr

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. 

 

Buy at:

Atlan Sekerleme
Kantarcilar Cd. No: 68 | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey

Haci Bekir
Hamidiye Cad. No:33, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

Eat your way in Turkey!

 

Stay connected while you're on your foodie trip in Turkey! Source: Pixabay

Stay connected while you’re on your foodie trip in Turkey! Source: Pixabay

 

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