When it comes to food, Turkish cuisine boasts its reputation. Its unique taste, appetizing appearance, and the passion and creativity of Turkish make their cuisine one of the best in the world. I must say, their cuisine is one of my favorites, well not that obvious how I loved this country which I shared with you on my last post. If you haven’t read that I had put the link here so you will know why I called it My beloved Turkey Turkey has a variety to offer. I am going to share with you my favorite dishes that I have personally tasted. Without further ado. In no particular order, here is my list of what to eat in Turkey. I hope this list will guide you.
It is a dish mainly made of Sheep intestine. The intestine is grilled to perfection. And served in bread, stuffed with some spices and tomatoes. I prefer my Kokorech hot and crunchy. I always tell my friends that for every bite you taste like heaven. It is sold almost everywhere. You haven’t been to Turkey if you will not taste this one.
Are you a fan of pizza? Turkey has its version of pizza and it is called lahmacun. But aside from the regular pizza dough, it is made of thin dough topped with minced meat, herbs, and minced veggies. It is spicy and served with lemon.
If just so happened you visited Turkey by winter, better try to have Kumpir. It is baked potato stuffed with a bit of everything. Yes, you read it right, I preferred my Kumpir stuffed with lots of olives, sausage, corn, beans, butter, cheese drizzled with mayo and catsup. Not just that you have lots of other options to mix and match your Kumpir. There is a chain of restaurants and tea houses next to Ortakoy mosque, you will have a good view of the Bosphorus plus the mosque plus a steaming hot Kumpir. Perfect winter date.
It is a type of dumpling but looks like pasta to me. The dumpling is stuffed with minced meat topped with sour cream or yogurt. I loved how this small-sized dumpling drowned in creamy-sourly yogurt and then you will mix it with lots of garlic.
5. Testi kebab
Stewed meat served in a jar. The soft tasty meat for me as an Asian is best served in rice. I loved the broth wherein it has all the flavors of the meat, spices, veggies combined. Testi kebab is served in a clay jar or pot, the experience is even more enjoyable if you will be the one to crack the pot which I did.
Is a type of sausage in Turkey. Dried and spiced to give that unique taste. It is served in a variety of dishes. I had it served in breakfast with the egg. Yes instead of your regular egg dish, try this Turkish style.
Time for some dessert. Kuhnefe is a middle eastern dessert. It is one of the best pastry Turkey has. Made with layers of cheese or cream. In a noodle-like form or dough. Best served with sugar-based syrup. Oh but I think the best kuhnefe in town aren’t served with the syrup. Do you have any idea? Let me know your thoughts in the comment box.
This is the Turkish version of ice cream. It is thick creamy ice cream and it does not melt easily. Once you have your first spoon, you will easily taste the flavorful dondurma. Have you seen those people serving dondurma who annoys you and playing tricks? Actually that is part of the experience for me. It made me crave more for that ice cream and instead of being annoyed, it is actually a fun experience.
9. Turkish tea
This tea or Cay is popular throughout Turkey. Served hot in small cups with sugar cubes are perfect for that afternoon rest of yours or after meal course. Forget that americano or cappuccino and try this red-colored tea. I used to say that these are my kind of shots in Turkey, not the usual Tequila shots. In fact, I am really a fan of Turkish tea that I bought my own set of Teacups. I don’t know, I just prefer sipping it in those small cups rather than having the mugs.
This drink is perfect for winter. Actually I don’t know where Sahlep is made of, but according to Wikipedia it is a flour made from the tubers of the orchid. This type of hot drink is perfectly served topped with cinnamon powder. Sahlep is a right combination with any dessert.
This alcoholic drink is famous in Turkey, I am not a fan of it but you did not go to Turkey if you will not try this.
And of course the Turkish breakfast. We Filipinos have our usual breakfast of egg, garlic rice, and either a hot dog, corned beef, ham, smoked meat. But Turkish breakfast is a different thing. Cheese, Bread, egg, tomatoes, olive, honey, jam, types of nuts, Turkish tea, and Sucuk. So whenever you will be in Turkey try this traditional Turkish breakfast.
Did I make you crave with this list? Turkish cuisine has lots to offer and it will be a long list if I will summarize it all. What is your favorite? Have you tried any of this? Let me know down. So until then, until my next food EDventure.