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Turkish Delights

  • Oct 14, 2009
When in Turkey, go Turkish. Well, like it or not, you are going to get lots of it while there. Almost no chance of escaping unless you go looking for McDonald's. Even that is not available in every little town. So, be prepared for what you'll be getting. There are of course some who have been exposed to Turkish Cuisine out of Turkey and most of them are the world famous Kebab. Well, before we get to Kebab, let's start with what is delightful. A snack called the Turkish Delights. You might want to look out for these and bring them home as gifts for friends.

TURKISH DELIGHT is a kind of snack where most tourists will buy to bring home for friends & families. One can buy them almost everywhere though I was told majority are very sweet. Priced at around US$5 for each box, it has many different types of fillings like hazelnuts, pistachio nuts or peanuts. Some are mint flavored while others are orange flavored. Personally, I like those with pistachio nuts :-)

If Turkish Delight is too sweet for you, try out a cup of Turkish Coffee or Ayran, Turkey's version of yogurt. It's supposed to be good for health. Relatively cheap as well.

The one I tried was much lighter than the conventional yogurt, somewhat like skim milk texture but with a little salty taste to it. Some of my traveling companions love it while others don't think much of it. Personally, I prefer yogurt though I may not have tried the best.

Other than Ayran, the turks take Olive for breakfast!
This has to be the only place on the whole wide world that has olive for breakfast! Olive for breakfast, olive for lunch, olive oil for cooking, olive oil for frying, olive oil for the hair & skin & olive soap for bathing!!! Popeye's wonderland ;-)

As for me, I only like olive (oil) for my hair :-)))

Well, now you get an idea. That's our Turkish breakfast. Other than the coffee, I must say I'd much prefer to skip breakfast! But some of you might like Pasta!

Pasta in Turkey is not noodles, it's pastry! So be forewarned :-)Kuru Pasta is dry pastry while Yas Pasta is moist pastry.
 Bread comes in all sizes, shapes & colors. This is probably one of their staples. It's strange to be served bread & rice in the same meal. Generally, bread is taken in all meals.

Now, let's get to lunch! If you're lucky, you get some Fish Kebab or Beef Kebab.
Yes, they have Fish Kebab in Turkey!
KEBAP (Roast Meat) is fun, esp. the ones that are served at the firepit. Kebapci is a person who cooks kebap. There are many restaurants & fast food serving sis kebap in Turkey. Take your pick, chances are no matter where you eat, they are great! The Turks usually eat them with salad & ayran (a yogurt mixed with spring water).

Other than Kebab, you might try Kofte.
 is meatballs! Let's face it, I'll never get used to eating meatballs meal after meal! It's either beef or mutton in Turkey! Well, at least that's the choices we were given on the tour itself. Not much of seafood. Chicken is available but they are all breast meat. I don't like breast meat :-(. So, I was most probably the only person who had either beef or mutton for most of our meals! Frankly, beef in Turkey tastes VERY different from all parts of the world. & I've eaten lots of beef from the world as well. It has a very strong flavor & at times, the Turks even blend it with mutton, especially when it's served as meatballs. 

There's only one restaurant we visited that served the bestKofte (as pictured) I've had for my entire trip. That's the restaurant in Aksehir. I specifically ask Burak for the name of the town. Kofteci Ramiz has been serving Kofte since 1928!!! Kofteci restaurants specialise in roasting of Kofte, meatballs of minced (ground) lamb made with savory spices. 

If you are a vegetarian, you are in for a treat in Turkey! You'll be delighted to find sumptuous servings of salads with each meal.
Since I'm not a vegetarian and cannot simply feed on salad, you know why I give this cuisine a rating of 2 instead of higher! :-)
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November 06, 2009
Oh. my. goodness. I love turkish food! Especially those turkish delights - even the name is delightful ;) What is the green vegetable in the last photo? It looks like asparagus or maybe a pepper of some sort? YUM!
October 15, 2009
I'm hungry! thank you for this write up!
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Quick Tip by . May 05, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Kebab! Turkish Cuisine consists of mostly mutton and in Turkey, the smell can be quite distinctive. It takes time to adjust and a lot of people simply couldn't take it for an extended period of time.       In Turkey, one can find quite a variety of sweet dessert. If dessert is your thing, then you must try them! For men though, I find them more interested in belly-dancing!!!           
Quick Tip by . March 09, 2010
posted in Gourmand
The side dish? Belly dancing ;-) To add variety to one's palate, Turkish C is actually reasonably attractive. I've tried it once in Canada.
review by . December 14, 2008
I'll admit that I've only had Turkish food from a handful of restaurants in Northern California. I've tried many items, and while I did enjoy most of the food, I prefer the cuisine of neighboring countries that use a little more spice and herbs. It's not to say that Turkish food is bland, but I prefer the spices and herbs used in Lebanese, Tunisian, and Persian cooking more.    Many Turkish restaurants will sell French Fries topped with caramelized onions, chives, and other toppings. …
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Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including that of western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of technical specialities- many with strong regional associations.

Taken as a whole, Turkish cuisine is not homogeneous. Aside from common Turkish specialities that can be found throughout the country, there are also many region-specific specialities. The Black Sea region's cuisine (northern Turkey) is based on corn and anchovies. The southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklavakadayıf and künefe. Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees are grown abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions display basic characteristics of Mediterranean cuisine as they are rich in vegetables, herbs, and fish. Central Anatolia is famous for its pasta ...

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