Istanbul Day Trip – Food is an important part in the life of Turkish people. Ottoman cuisine is often regarded as one of the three great cuisines of the world. It’s a rich mixture of the inheritance of a great cuisine culture. Its rich variety is related to many factors – the interaction with many different cultures throughout the history (Greek, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines), the new tastes evolved in the courts of empires such as Selcuk and Ottoman…
Istanbul Day Trip – Locally grown ingredients
Turkish people are lucky to have access to fresh, locally grown ingredients and they can make some of the freshest dishes. This is because Turkey is one of only seven countries in the world that can produce enough food to feed its people.
There are usually three meals a day for Turkish people – breakfast, lunch and dinner (Kahvalti, Oyle yemek and Aksam yemek).
Composed of dishes prepared with grain – Istanbul Day Trip
The cuisine is generally composed of dishes prepared with grain, various vegetables, soups, cold dishes, cooked with olive oil, pastry and herbs (it is generally not spicy, though this varies throughout the seven regions). There are some peculiar, healthy foods like pekmez (grape molasses), yoghurt and bulgur. Fish is obligatory for the Turkish people, especially in Istanbul. It’s one of the indispensables. It’s normal – the shores of the Bosphorus are the places where the freshest and the most delicious seasonal fish can be found.
Here is the place to say about Balik ekmek (Fish Bread). Mmm, delicious; served with salgam and another good accompaniment, tursu (pickles). Definitely not to be forgotten are the kebabs, lahmacun (pancake with spicy meat filling) and pide; desserts such as asure, kazandibi, profiterol and of course baklava. Tea, ayran, Turkish coffee and raki have their places in the taste geography as Turkish inventions.