As the largest country in the Eurasia region, Turkey is not only famous for its exotic tourist spots, but also for its unique culture and history. However, Turkish specialties are also very tempting. Even though the capital of Turkey is Ankara, many travelers make Istanbul a Turkish tourist destination. Because Istanbul is the economic, cultural, historical and entertainment heart of Turkey.
So, when you are planning a vacation to Istanbul or maybe you are already there. You must know the typical Turkish dishes that must be tried. So that your holiday feels even better. This is because Turkish culinary specialties that have great flavors are a magnet for tourists visiting Turkey, especially in Istanbul. Then what are the typical Turkish dishes that you need to taste, let’s follow below!
1. Turkey Kebabs
If this one is a must if you go to Turkey. Because when talking about kebabs, what comes to mind is Turkey. And who doesn’t know him? This Turkish specialty has gone global.
Especially in Indonesia, this kebab has been scattered. Kebabs in Turkey are quite healthy, because they don’t use a lot of sauce and mayonnaise for the seasoning in them. This kebab is actually sliced mutton, lamb or beef that has been seasoned and grilled, then added vegetables, such as sliced tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, chili sauce and rolled in a tasty pita bread. Great!
2. Turkey Dolmas
Dolma is rice filled with side dishes of minced lamb/beef, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and spices, then wrapped in grape leaves and steamed until cooked. Its appearance is similar to lemper in Indonesia. Need to try this too.
3. Manti (Turkish Ravioli)
Next Manti. Manti are similar to dumplings in Chinese cuisine or ravioli in Italian cuisine. The difference is that the Manti filling is made from minced beef or lamb with typical Turkish spices which are rich in spices. Manti can be eaten in 2 ways, namely boiled or fried. And usually doused with sauce from yogurt and melted butter, then sprinkled with chili powder. Yummy!!
Hummus is a typical Turkish appetizer. Generally this dish is eaten with pita bread. Hummus is made from processed chickpeas, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Hummus is served as a dip for pita bread. Unique!
5. Kofte (Meatball)
Kofte is one of the mainstay dishes in Turkey and is a kind of small-sized steak like a cake, which is made from a mixture of beef or mutton/lamb, chicken that has been mashed, and mixed with spices and onions. This method of digesting Kofte can be grilled, boiled and fried according to your preference. And usually Kofte is eaten with salad or rice and sauce.
6. Turkey Baklavas
Baklava is a sandwich served with syrup or honey. Baklava contains nuts. Interestingly, you can easily make Baklava because almost all shops in Turkey sell it. This bread is a typical Turkish bread which is also popular throughout the world. Don’t miss one sweet bread, guys!
Simit is a very popular 5-foot snack in Turkey. It is very easy to make Simit in Turkey. Simit is a ring-shaped bread sprinkled with sesame on the surface. The texture is dry and crunchy. You can eat it as a snack or enjoy it while drinking Turkish tea.
In fact, it’s really exciting… Culinary while enjoying the beautiful and magnificent buildings and the hubbub of the city of Istanbul!