Turks love eating and relishing food; this was more than evident to me during my stay in Turkey. No matter what time it is, you will always find restaurants full of happy faces; it is almost as if it is their tradition and it is something so pure! I have never seen, in any other country, people appreciate and celebrate their food as much and that was one of the main qualities that made me fall in love with this cultural land.
During my stay, I devoured all the different kinds of street foods available, and here are a few of Turkey’s favourites that you have to try when there!
Borek, just like the love of our lives, comes in different shapes and sizes, but contains the same filling: Turkish cheese. It is found all over Turkey and is the most famous breakfast item. This dish pleases all taste buds and should not be missed.
“Caysiz sohbet, aysiz gok yuzu gibidir”
(Conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon)
-Folk saying from Sivas, Turkey
There is nothing more, in this world, that the Turks take pride in than their tea. After every meal in Turkey, there is always one more course: piping-hot tea. Served in a slim-waisted, elegantly curved glass, the popular beverage is not only a daily routine but also a bonding agent. Which-ever city you are in, there is absolutely no way you can miss this sign of hospitality because it is served in EVERY SINGLE place you go to.
Having grown up in a coastal town where Grilled Corn was available every day; I decided to not give this street food a try. Of course, I regretted my decision when I did give it a try two days before I was to leave and wished I could have had it every single day I was there.
Grilled Corn can be found in carts parked on every street in Istanbul. Fresh Corn is grilled within a minute and served to you topped with salt. It is so soft and has a savoury taste like no other. Let me just put it simply; it was HEAVEN!
Turkey’s most famous sweet dish, Baklava, can be found literally anywhere but the best place to have at is Hafiz Mustafa. There are over 100 different fresh desserts made daily at this shop and you can find over 100 different branches in just Istanbul – and it will still be difficult for you to find a seat in any given branch, at any given time. Yes, that’s how popular it is! All in all, Baklava, from Hafiz Mustafa, just cannot be missed!
The only thing that can keep you going in the scorching heat of Turkey is this refreshing, cold drink – made by mixing Yogurt, Water and Salt. Also known as the national drink of Turkey, this thirst-quenching, healthy drink is so famous that it can now also be found in Turkey’s neighbouring countries.
Now you know what to talk about, when you want to impress the Turks.
Stay Happy. xx