Turkish food as we know it today developed in the Ottoman era as it expanded and came into contact with so many different influences. In modern-day Turkish food, you will find flavors from the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
While Turkish food abroad tends to be heavy on meat, indigenous cuisine relies heavily on eggplants, garlic, lentils, zucchini, pistachios and cheeses. It's really such a different blend of flavors. You will need to try at least a few dishes to get a real taste.
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You may have tried the Turkish delight outside of Turkey, but you rarely have the good things abroad. Traditional Turkish delights are made with the aromatic flavors of Bergamot orange, rose wool, mastic or lemon.
You will find shops selling Turkish delights in a rainbow of colors. They tend to be stings so you can easily try them all!
Unstable, crisp, tender and oh-sweet, baklava are all desserts they are meant to be. In Turkey, making baklava is an art form and every artist has his own signature. You will find baklava with walnuts, pistachios or hazelnuts and a range of sweet flavors such as honey, rose wool or orange flowers.
Some may refer to it as the love child of a pretzel and a bagel. These delectable round and warm herbs are usually covered in sesame seeds.
While they are good at all times, it is amazing if you can get one while it is fresh out of the oven. It's the perfect snack to take while walking in Istanbul!
And it's fun enough to take pictures, don't you think? 🙂
If you adore the idea of cheese as a dessert, it will be love at first sight when you look at your eyes! This sweet pastry cheese is made with chopped fillet filled with melted cheese and moistened in sweet syrup. Yum !!
Like a pizza cheese, but absolutely missing anything, lahmacun is the perfect Friday meal. Made with Turkish grill and full of seasoned meat and herbs, this is a classic meal.
One of the most famous eats in Istanbul, you will find these sandwiches with fried or grilled fish filled with a range of vegetables and stuffed in fresh Turkish bread.
Also known as borek water, su böreği is filo stuffed with cheese and parsley. In summer you will find sellers outside of all the Turkish cities that sell fast and easy food like this. Much of Turkey is beautiful all year round, so it's always a good time to relax outside for a good meal. Picnic, anyone? 🙂
This popular meatloaf dish is popular all over India, Central Asia, the Caucasus region, the Middle East and the Balkans. I could try to tell you exactly what these things are, but it's a impossible task. I've been told that there are a wonderful 291 different types of cuts!
You will even find vegan and vegetarian cuts. For a vegan option, try the batırık köftesi, which extracts the usual eggs and tahini substitutes. The Çiğ köfte is an amazing vegetarian choice with lentils.
Say hello to the Turkish version of a baked potato!
This common dish is made by adding salt, butter and cheese to a potato. But don't stop there! You'll find everything from oiled cabbage to zucchini to Russian salad with olives cooked in a kupir.
What kind of toppings would you choose?
While many of us are thinking of a special brunch as a Sunday-only affair, the Turkish people launch a cooking storm seven days a week.
With a traditional Turkish breakfast, you will have a table full of food. We're talking about cheese (the slice is common here). sesame-coated bread; a series of jams and brushes. eggs; and, of course, a rich Turkish coffee to wash it all off.
While you will find incredible food throughout Turkey, Istanbul is an absolute superstar. Every street is full of gastronomic delights. Before you go, check out my guide to finding the best food in Istanbul.
Let me know if you have tried any of these Turkish foods in the comments below or if you have any friends who did not make this list!
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