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14 Best Food in Turkey

By : Fernanda lustosa | Jul 19, 2020

If you are travelling or thinking about travelling to Turkey, get your stomach ready for a great adventure!

The country offers many delicious options, from meat to vegetarian and seafood dishes! Turkish cuisine

has many influences and references from Ottoman cuisine, of course, and of other parts of the world,

such as Balkan and Slavic cuisines. And, in case you don't know yet, Turkish cuisine popularity is only

behind French (1st place) and Chinese (2nd place) cuisines.

So, come to know more about some best food in Turkey that you have to try.

1) Turkish Delight

 

The most popular sweet in Turkey and even if you are not a sweet fan you should try it. It is made of

shopped nuts, dates, pistachios or walnuts flavoured with mastic or orange, lemon, and rosewater.

Quality varies a lot but many markets, such as the Grand Bazaar, sell personalized boxes and you choose

what you want.

2) Mezze

 

It is impossible leaving Turkey without having Mezze. Maybe the closest way to explain it is comparing it

to entrance dishes or appetizers. Mezze simply is a diverse selection of small dishes served before the

main meal. It consists of salads, beans, vegetables, cheeses and even seafood. It is a great way to try a

bit of everything.

3) Iskender Kebab

 

Or Alexander Kebab. This is the most popular dish in Northwest Turkey, known as the "king of Turkish

kebabs". Even though it is a Bursa specialty it can be found in many places around Turkey. It consists of a

Döner kebab made of sliced lamb and hot tomato sauce over pieces of traditional pita bread. Finally, it is

topped with butter and yogurt.

4) Gözleme

 

A traditional savoury snack and a very easy dish, also eaten for breakfast. Similar to a crepe, it is a hand-

made pastry dough filled with cheese, vegetables, minced meat or potatoes. It is sealed and cooked over

a griddle.

5) Kumpir

 

Kumpir is baked potato, and even though you might have already tasted baked potato in the past

nothing compares to Kumpir. After baked, the potato is cut in the middle to be filled with a layer of

cheese and butter and then you are welcome to choose among different fillings such as corn, carrots,

couscous, olives, etc. This is a very popular street food that you can find throughout Turkey and specially

in the neighbourhood or Besiktas, in Istanbul.

6) Baklava

 

Another famous Turkey desert, Baklava consists of layers of pastry filled with shopped nuts and held

together with syrup (or honey). It is really super sweet but it is a classic.

7) Imam Bayildi

 

It is stuffed eggplant. The whole eggplant is stuffed with garlic, tomatoes, and onions with olive oil. It is

included as part of the mezze or side dish for the main meal. It is super delicious and healthy!

8) Simit

 

It is street food, a very cheap snack to be found anywhere. It is a mix of bagel and pretzel encrusted with

sesame seeds. Some people eat it plain or you can cut it and add cheese, tomatoes or, if you prefer

sweet tastes, Nutella.

9) Menemen

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you are going to visit many attraction in Turkey

during the day, you should restore your energy and have a fulfilling standard Turkish breakfast. A very

popular food in Turkey is Menemen, spicy scrambled eggs with peppers, tomato, and olive oil. It is

served with bread.

10) Manti

 

If you love pasta, you should try Turkey's own ravioli version. Manti is dumplings filled with small pieces

of beef or lamb, then topped with yogurt.

11) Shish Kebab

 

Another very popular food in Turkey, you will find Shish Kebab in most of restaurants. Grilled chicken,

meat or lamb served on a skewer. Side dishes include French fries, rice, and salad.

12) Leblebi

 

This is another street food, actually snack. It is roasted chickpeas and you can eat it plain or seasoned

with hot spices and salt.

13) Börek

 

This delicious dish reminds a Spanish tortilla. It is filled filo pastry.

14) Midye Dolmas

 

Seafood lovers will love this one. It is stuffed mussels. The mussels are filled with pine nuts, rice with

herbs, and spritzed with lemon. Street vendors sell it in carts around Istanbul.