When most people think of Turkish food they assume its all kebabs but in reality its much more than that. If you have ever visited turkey you will know how lovely their cuisine is. All of the food in Turkey is fresh, the chips, the meat, the vegetables, the eggs, fruit and much more, infact you will find it pretty hard to find a ready meal or packaged sandwiches like we have in the UK, USA and Europe. Its a part of everyday life here when you go into M&S or sainsburys on your lunch break for a meal deal (sandwich, crisps + a drink). In Turkey it is very different but in a good way, their food is almost always fresh and made from scratch.
Specialities in Turkey
- Köfte – Köfte is like our version of meatballs, either beef or lamb, balls or patties of ground meat.
- Lahmacun – Flat and crispy bread with minced meat, salad and lemon juice.
- Börek – Savoury pastries most popularly filled with spinach and cheese, or minced meat.
- Baklava – a rich sweet dessert pastry top with pistachio nuts.
- Pide – Referred to as an ‘Turkish Pizza’ is flatbread served with a variety of toppings such as spinach & cheese or minced meat.
- Şiş Kebap – Typically lamb, chicken or fish served on a wooden or metal stick.
- Pilav – Rice cooked in butter (sounds boring but is delicious)
- Künefe – Turkish dessert made from cheese baked with shredded pastry dough and topped with pistachio nuts
- Döner – Döner kebab is slow cooked meat usually lamb or chicken and served in either a pitta bread or a wrap.
- Lokum – A nougaty dessert served with a variety of fillings and topped in powdered sugar
- Turkish delight – small fragrant cubes of jelly usually fragranced with rosewater, orange flower water or citrus fruit juice and heavily dusted in icing sugar.
- Menemen – Traditional Turkish breakfast dish which is scrambled eggs cooked in sautéed vegetables and served with hot bread.
- Sütlaç – Turkish style baked creamy rice pudding.
The classic Turkish breakfast usually consists of Feta Cheese, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, olives, eggs, cucumber, jam, honey and sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage)
Let me know if you have any more to add to the list of specialities – leave a reply in the comment box or contact us privately 🙂