Top 10 Street Foods of Turkey
Turkey is full of street vendors selling all sorts of different snacks. There are many delicacies you can find while wandering around the streets of Turkey. Here are 10 of Turkey’s most popular street foods.
Balık Ekmek – Fish Sandwich
Balik Ekmek is a fresh fish sandwich which can be bought directly from the boats in the coastal cities of Turkey. Freshly grilled fish is served with piyaz (finely chopped fresh onion and parsley) and tomatoes. If you go to Eminönü, it is a must do thing to have a fresh Balık Ekmek from the boats on the sea. They are mouth-watering and cheap. You can also find in the restaurants which specialise in sea foods under the Galata Bridge.
Kokorec – Skewers of Spiced Sheep’s Intestines
Kokorec is skewers of spiced sheep’s intestines stuffed into a half or a quarter of bread along with chopped tomatoes and green peppers. It sounds crazy when you think you are eating sheep’s intestines but it is very delicious.
You can see in the following video how much he enjoys Kokoreç.
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Midye – Stuffed Mussels
Midye can be found on almost every corner in the big cities of Turkey. The mussels are stuffed with white rice and herbs, and with a few drops of lemon juice, it is just ready for you to eat.
Lahmacun is called as Turkish Pizza in some places. It is flat thin bread, topped with minced meat, tomatoes, parsley, pepper (red pepper is preferred), and onion or garlic. You can eat this flavour by wrapping it after squeezing lemon and adding parsley.
There is a dispute between cities. In Gaziantep, Unesco Gastro City, Lahmacun is prepared with garlic and no onion. However, in Şanlıurfa, it is prepared with onion instead of garlic. Taste both and decide which one is better. I vote for garlic 🙂
Simit – Turkish Sesame Bagel
Simit is a kind of bagel that you can find on almost every street corner in Turkey. If you don’t have a breakfast at home because you have to go office, Simit is a perfect option. If you have a tea and cheese, you won’t feel you skipped the breakfast. Although it is mostly eaten for breakfast, you can also eat it any time of the day.
Doner sandwich is better-known street food in Turkey. Made by stuffing thin pieces of the meat into a fresh bread or lavash along with tomatoes, onions, peppers and yoghurt sauce. It is so popular and delicious that you can almost find it in any metropolitan city in the world.
Nohutlu Pilav – Rice with Chickpea
Nohutlu Pilav can be found on every street corner in Turkey. It is white rice with boiled chickpeas and chicken.
Misir is steamed or grilled corn with sprinkled salt is a common snack in Turkey. Misir can be found on almost every street corner of Turkey.
Borek is a traditional Ottoman dish filled with spinach, cheese, potatoes or meat. Borek is commonly eaten at breakfast, but you can also eat it any time of the day.
Arnavut Ciger is a cubes of liver fried with spices and onions, made by stuffing small pieces of the liver into a fresh bread. You can find the different versions of it in different cities. The one thing that doesn’t change in the recipe is ciger which name its name to the dish.