Touring Turkey? Get ready to taste some of the most delicious cuisine in the world. Turkish dishes are influenced by a variety of cooking styles from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Central Asia. Foodies are in for a treat! Here are some popular dishes that are a must try:
1. Sis Kebab
The classic dish – marinated meat such as lamb, beef or chicken, skewered and grilled to perfection. Yum.
Fried aubergines stuffed with minced meat, and a tomato sauce. Mouthwateringly good.
Meatballs usually made with lamb, onions and spices. Spices such as cumin, cardamom and coriander are often used to give them a delicious taste.
Flaky pastries that are commonly filled with spinach and feta cheese or meat. Depending on the filling they can be a great snack or a meal in themselves.
Pide is fresh, white bread that is soft and fluffy in the middle. It is a staple in Turkish cuisine and a welcome accompaniment to any meal.
6. Yaprak Sarma
Succulent vine leaves stuffed with rice and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice – heaven!
Otherwise known as ‘Turkish Pizza.’ It is a thin flatbread covered with a mince and tomato topping that usually contains parsley, onions and garlic. It is often served rolled with salad and is a quick, tasty meal.
A side dish made of yoghurt mixed with chopped cucumber, mint and lemon juice. It is increadibly refreshing and can be used as a palate cleanser.
9. Turkish Delight
These jellied sweets come in small cubes dusted with icing sugar. They are often flavored with rose water or lemon, as well as nuts and dates. Pretty, colorful and delightful!
Sticky, sweet and satisfying. Baklava is a pastry filled with pistachios, almonds and walnuts that is soaked in honey.