Know the best ethnic foods in Istanbul

Nothing brings you close to a country or city’s culture and practices like their food. If it is ethnic and “all rights are reserved” to the community before and after preparation, it becomes more memorable if you indulge. Istanbul boasts of Turkish cuisine that is diverse and the menus that are created from it are a bit more involving. Forget fast food while in Istanbul try these.

Turkish breakfast

Turks replace the coffee with tea. Besides that, they simulate the European breakfast menu that comprises of Omelette or boiled eggs, cheese, butter and white bread. However, the Turks will never miss to include tomatoes or cucumbers in their breakfast serving. Something that is also unique to their breakfast is the Sucuk. These are dried sausages made from garlic and soaked in spices like cumin and sumac. They are cooked together with eggs on the same pan. The result is breath taking.

Tantuni

As you walk the streets of Istanbul and you care for a bite before taking proper lunch, then grab one of these. It is made of either, chicken or beef mixed with tomatoes, peppers, and folded nicely on a thin tortilla wrapper. A mixed selection of ground spices are the secret additive to the meal. How to find out it is the real deal? It should leave a burning sensation on your lips.

Durum

Asking for Durum is Istanbul is like asking who the president of Turkey is. Yes, it is that famous and popular. It takes the same form as Tantuni, but it is a bit smaller and less spicy. The meal wraps chicken, vegetable and cheese or beef with an assortment of few spices that differentiates it from Tantuni. It is sweet, thus its popularity and availability across the streets and restaurants alike.

 

Menemen

Think of it as a normal Omelette lest you get shocked. Nevertheless, something ordinary is not attractive or worth giving your attention. A mixture of roasted onions, tomatoes and pepper are boiled together for a few minutes and then mixed with eggs and natural grounded spices. Not to forget herbs are the secret additive that give it the distinct taste that makes it Turkish.

Simit

Order tea anywhere in Istanbul and your vendor will propose Simit to go with it. The crunchy and crispy ring shaped bread is the most popular snack in Istanbul and turkey at large. Toasted sesame seeds toppings are added to the bread. The Turks make it less monotonous by introducing some varied versions of the same. There is the simit sandwiches and simit filled with cheese among other fillings.

Tandir

You can look at it as normal kebap, but it will not be normal when you taste it and come to terms with the mode of preparation. It is also known as KuyuKebabi. Artisanship is required in removing the inner organs of a male lamb and cooking it slowly as if you have all the time in the world to prepare it. The body is hung well over charcoal fire. Cooked together with pine tree branches the distinctive taste; exclusive to Turkish Tandir will overwhelm you. Mouth-watering is the word that describes this food.

As you go through the routine of Turkish electronic visa application, Google search some of the restaurants that serve these foods in Istanbul.

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Know the best ethnic foods in Istanbul

June 23rd, 2014

Nothing brings you close to a country or city’s culture and practices like their food. If it is ethnic and “all rights are reserved” to the community before and after preparation, it becomes more memorable if you indulge. Istanbul boasts of Turkish cuisine that is diverse and the menus that are created from it are a bit more involving. Forget fast food while in Istanbul try these.

Turkish breakfast

Turks replace the coffee with tea. Besides that, they simulate the European breakfast menu that comprises of Omelette or boiled eggs, cheese, butter and white bread. However, the Turks will never miss to include tomatoes or cucumbers in their breakfast serving. Something that is also unique to their breakfast is the Sucuk. These are dried sausages made from garlic and soaked in spices like cumin and sumac. They are cooked together with eggs on the same pan. The result is breath taking.

Tantuni

As you walk the streets of Istanbul and you care for a bite before taking proper lunch, then grab one of these. It is made of either, chicken or beef mixed with tomatoes, peppers, and folded nicely on a thin tortilla wrapper. A mixed selection of ground spices are the secret additive to the meal. How to find out it is the real deal? It should leave a burning sensation on your lips.

Durum

Asking for Durum is Istanbul is like asking who the president of Turkey is. Yes, it is that famous and popular. It takes the same form as Tantuni, but it is a bit smaller and less spicy. The meal wraps chicken, vegetable and cheese or beef with an assortment of few spices that differentiates it from Tantuni. It is sweet, thus its popularity and availability across the streets and restaurants alike.

 

Menemen

Think of it as a normal Omelette lest you get shocked. Nevertheless, something ordinary is not attractive or worth giving your attention. A mixture of roasted onions, tomatoes and pepper are boiled together for a few minutes and then mixed with eggs and natural grounded spices. Not to forget herbs are the secret additive that give it the distinct taste that makes it Turkish.

Simit

Order tea anywhere in Istanbul and your vendor will propose Simit to go with it. The crunchy and crispy ring shaped bread is the most popular snack in Istanbul and turkey at large. Toasted sesame seeds toppings are added to the bread. The Turks make it less monotonous by introducing some varied versions of the same. There is the simit sandwiches and simit filled with cheese among other fillings.

Tandir

You can look at it as normal kebap, but it will not be normal when you taste it and come to terms with the mode of preparation. It is also known as KuyuKebabi. Artisanship is required in removing the inner organs of a male lamb and cooking it slowly as if you have all the time in the world to prepare it. The body is hung well over charcoal fire. Cooked together with pine tree branches the distinctive taste; exclusive to Turkish Tandir will overwhelm you. Mouth-watering is the word that describes this food.

As you go through the routine of Turkish electronic visa application, Google search some of the restaurants that serve these foods in Istanbul.

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