Turkey is deservedly famous for its delicious cuisine, diversity of delectable dishes and unique drinks. Turkish kitchen is popular all around the world but every region of the country has its own unique recipes and special meals. The rich Turkish cuisine offers something for every taste and here you can find 10 of the most emblematic foods which you should try during your visit in Turkey.
1) ADANA KEBAP
Kebap is one of the most typical Turkish foods, as it’s the word that functions to describe all typical Turkish meat. Adana Kebap is what makes the intense summer heat of Adana bearable. It’s what makes long stressful workdays manageable. It’s what makes a loss by one’s favorite football team endurable. Basically, Adana kebap makes anything better. It is absolutely delicious, and though you can find Adana kebap on menus throughout Turkey and throughout the world, it is never as good as you will find in Adana. It definitely makes this city worth visiting.
Where would the typical Turkish foods be without the traditional pizza equivalent? Turks spread mince meat, tomato, onion, salt and parsley over a thin layer of pastry to make this dish, and complete it with a touch of red pepper.
If ever there was a comfort food, Turkish manti is it. Manti, which is also referred to as Turkish ravioli may vary in size and shape depending on the region from which it comes. They may be boiled, steamed, baked or fried, but the recipe itself is fairly standard. A classic pasta dough is rolled out and filled with a mince of either lamb or beef and onions and spices then folded and cooked. It is then served topped with a garlicky yogurt sauce and sprinkled with sumac, red pepper, oregano or mint.
Possibly the most popular Turkish food is baklava which will suit anyone with a sweet tooth. Taking it influence from the Ottoman Empire, it is layers of filo pastries, filled with nuts and then covered with a sweet honey or syrup.
Döner is a typical slow cooked meat sandwich, made with chicken, lamb, or beef and served with vegetables, spices, and garlic yogurt. Döner is usually available from takeaways, but don’t be fooled, it’s exponentially tastier than McDonalds.
6) TURKISH DELIGHT
Lokum, or Turkish Delight, is a nougaty dessert served with a variety of flavours and fillings and often topped with powdered sugar. It’s always best fresh, as pre-packaged versions tend to go too light on the fillings and too heavy on the sugar, drying it out.
However, kunefe is my most loved Turkish dessert! This sweet dessert hails from the city of Antakya in southeast Turkey and consists of a white cheese sandwiched between two layers of buttered kadayıf (similar to shredded phyllo dough). This sublime concoction is cooked in small copper plates, and then served piping hot in sugar syrup and topped with kaymak and pistachios.
8 ) BOREK
Turkish börek are made from a flaky dough called yufka and are filled with cheese, meat, vegetables and/or herbs and then baked until crispy. I think you should try sigara böreği, which look like small, fried cigars and are stuffed with Turkish cheese and herbs.
9) TURKISH BREAKFAST
The breakfast habits of Turks are slightly different than the Europeans’. For starters, tea replaces the coffee. Also sliced tomatoes and/or cucumbers are a must for a Turkish breakfast. The rest of the elements are similar. The most common type of bread is white bread. However, in an attempt to eat healthier, different kinds of grain breads like rye are commonly available these days.
White cheese (similar to feta), old cheese (kaşar peyniri), black and/or green olives (zeytin), butter, thick cream (kaymak), honey, jam, an omelet or boiled eggs (yumurta) are regular players of the game.
The surprise ingredients are sucuklu yumurta and börek. These two are the most common dishes served to spoil the guests. Sucuk is dried sausage made of ground beef with garlic and a variety of spices like red pepper, cumin and sumac. And cooked on a pan mostly with eggs it becomes a fatty yet delicious extravaganza. Börek is made of thin sheets of dough, filled with cheese, minced meat and/or vegetables, wrapped and baked or cooked.
I strongly suggest to have a Turkish breakfast on the coastline of the Bosphorus in the areas like Bebek, Rumelihisarı. The establishments are in a mighty competition which plays in the cards of the customers. You simply can’t go wrong in the area.
10) ISKENDER KEBAP
İskender Kebap is actually döner meat. Döner is a dish of beaten pieces of meat seasoned with suet, local herbs and spices, skewered on a spit and grilled vertically. Leaves, thinly sliced pieces of döner, are served on pieces of pide, a pita like bread. Pide pieces are dressed with butter and tomato sauce.
Yogurt is added to the side of the plate, and if you please extra tomato sauce and butter to make it even more delightful. Bursa is the hometown of this heavenly saucy meat dish.
That's all. Afiyet olsun 😊