Best 12 Traditional Dishes to Eat In Turkey

When it comes to Turkey, everyone will say that the grilled meat there is delicious. In fact, Turkey is not only barbecue, but also many specialties. Turkish cuisine is quite famous and ranks third in the world. Turkish food and cooking first developed from the plains of central Asia. Later, with the rise of the Ottoman Empire, it gradually absorbed the food essence of Greece, Persia, Arabia and the Balkans, forming a unique "Turkish cuisine". What delicacies in Turkey should you not miss?


Turkish breakfast includes freshly baked white bread, jam and honey, black olives, cucumber slices or tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, white cheese, and fragrant Turkish black tea. Lunch and dinner are not so varied, they are mainly roasted. Soups are usually the first, most commonly lentil and tomato soups, but also fish, vegetable and mint yogurt soups. This is followed by a few side dishes, a main course (often with meat), and finally a dessert.


Beef is most commonly found in Turkish restaurants, followed by lamb. There are three main ways to cook meat: meatballs, stews, and roasts. In addition, various vegetables with fillings are also very popular, stuffing rice, raisins, various spices, cinnamon, pine nuts and other materials into peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and grape leaves, plus a little minced lamb, hot Teng Teng brought it up. Desserts are a must in Turkish food culture, and the variety of pastries, desserts and puddings will surely dazzle newcomers.


Famous dishes in Turkey

1. Döner kebap

Rotary barbecue is perhaps the most familiar type of Turkish barbecue in China, and it is also the most photographed in the world. There are beef and chicken, usually with fries and vegetables in it, squeezed with sauce, and rolled up in a pie. There are nearly 10 categories in Turkey, and the emphasis on Turkish barbecue can be seen.



2. Grilled fish

Turkey has never been a nation famous for eating fish in history, and the nomadic life has never cultivated the habit of eating fish; but Turkey's superior geographical location surrounded by the sea on three sides allows the residents here to enjoy fresh fish. Generally, no seasoning is added when grilling fish. After serving, you can squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle with pepper and salt according to taste. It is worth mentioning that, whether it is a roadside food stall or a restaurant, the clerk will skillfully help customers remove the fish bones.


3. Crock Pot Beef of Cappadocia

Cappadocia's beef in a crockpot is really delicious. The beef is cooked with mushrooms and other accessories in a thick soup. It looks like the jar is not big, but there are a lot of ingredients in it, the meat is tender and the soup is thick. Very in line with the taste of the people.


4. Turkey Thin Pizza

Turkey thin pizza is a round thin dough with a lot of minced meat sprinkled on it, which is a relatively common Turkish delicacy. When eating, you can use a pizza roll with lettuce, parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice on top. Unlike traditional pizza, there is no cheese in Turkish thin pizza. Still, the deliciousness of Turkish pizza is undiminished, especially when it's fresh from the oven, crunchy and full of aroma.



5. Turkey Dumplings

They are very similar to Chinese wontons and dumplings, but they are smaller, with a layer of dough on the outside and various meat fillings inside, so they are sometimes called Turkish wontons or Turkish dumplings. Whether it's boiled, steamed or pan-fried, it's delicious just topped with yogurt, garlic, tomato juice, butter, and paprika.


6. Turkey Roast Lamb

This Turkish delicacy is famous all over the world, the most traditional way is slow-roasted whole lamb, often served with rice or potatoes, and Turkish yogurt.



7. Turkey Meatballs Köfte

This is a traditional Turkish staple of beef or lamb, often in the form of balls or pancakes. It goes well with sandwiches, salads, and savory Turkish yogurt.




Drinks in Turkey

1. Turkish ice cream

It is not to be missed to try the ice cream sold at the stalls along the street, the taste is very authentic. Ice cream is usually mixed with orchid root and goat's milk. Orchid root is very chewy and has a fibrous texture. In addition, the ice cream chefs sold on the street will definitely joke with customers by surprise, and it is very interesting to make customers want to eat but can't grab the ice cream they are thinking about.


2. Noah's Ark Pudding Ashure

Turks like to make pudding very much. There is a kind of pudding that is only prepared on religious festivals called ashure, which is an ancient traditional dessert. There are more than 15 crafting materials. Puddings made from various crushed fruits, nuts and beans are called Noah's Ark Puddings.


3. Turkish Delight

Lokum is a very famous Turkish speciality. You can see very beautiful Turkish delights in shop windows or stalls in Bazaar. Unlike other desserts, this fudge is soft and sticky, not greasy at all. It is usually flavored with rose water, frankincense resin and lemon, which gives it a pale pink color. The texture is soft and elastic, jelly-like, and has a certain consistency. Usually packaged nicely and made into small cubes, sprinkled with powdered sugar or copra to avoid sticking. Some Turkish delights contain traces of nuts, such as pistachios, hazelnuts, or walnuts. In addition, cinnamon and mint are also more common flavors.



4. Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee is famous for its peculiar taste, which comes from a unique preparation method, and many people consider it to be the most "original" taste of coffee. Turkish coffee uses the most primitive method of brewing, grinding roasted coffee beans (high-quality coffee beans from Latin America) into powder, and directly brewing with water in a special Turkish copper pot (Cevze, which only brews two cups of coffee in one pot). , When the coffee starts to boil, a layer of coffee foam will float on the surface of the liquid, use a small spoon to gently separate the coffee foam and divide it into each cup, then continue to brew the coffee until it starts to froth again. Therefore, after a cup of coffee, a thick and soft layer of coffee residue will be found at the bottom of the cup. After cooling, you can perform divination. The fortune teller will make predictions about the future based on the shape of the coffee residue in the cup.



5. Turkish black tea

Turkey is the fifth largest tea producer and fourth largest consumer in the world. It is said that a Turk has to drink 10 cups of tea a day to count. Turkish tea is called cay, and the pronunciation is almost "chayi", which is very similar to the Chinese "tea".


Turkish black tea is prepared in a characteristic double-layered Turkish teapot. After the tea is boiled and turned off, wait for a while, wait for the boiling tea to settle down, and then pour it into a transparent thin-waisted glass. Pouring tea is also very particular. There is a filter at the mouth of the glass. Generally, half of the tea in the small teapot is poured first, and then half of the boiling water in the large teapot is poured. A good black tea has a moderate amber color.


If the Turkish black tea tastes slightly bitter without sugar, you can usually add two cubes of sugar. There is also an apple tea (Elma Çayı), sweet and sour taste, sweet and appetizing and refreshing.


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