Back in Sydney, Turkish food would be classified as popular – one of the most popular in the city actually, but I have to admit that I haven't ever been a fan of Turkish food... until now.
I just spent 10 days being transported around Turkey to discover that what I thought was Turkish food – the stereotypical pide and kebab, both made of lamb – is far from the main brunt of the cuisine. Instead, I was met with stews, lentil soups, manti, some delicious rice, bread (both Turkish and French) and grilled meats with amazing flavor.
In other words, the Turkish cuisine really stands out in my mind as one worth getting excited about.
Then again, I don't really enjoy lamb, so the fact that Turkish people don't eat as much of it as one might expect is a major plus. While in Cappadocia, I was privy to a conversation between a customer and a shop owner where the customer was asking where to get lamb doner. The shop owner stated that they don't do the lamb doner in Cappadocia as much and instead focus on beef or chicken. This would be one point that I feel the foreign Turkish food places tend to exaggerate as lamb is always the star the show in places like Sydney.
The soup culture of Turkey is reminiscent of that in the USA, and I loved every bit of it. Lentil soup for lunch, tomato soup stocked with soup rice as a starter for dinner, and soup when the wind gets too cold in Cappadocia. But, forget chunky lentils, the soup in Turkey comes cooked down until it's smooth and sometimes with a healthy dose of butter.
Stews are also ripe for windy weather, and they can be made with chicken, beef, or lamb and combined with roasted tomatoes, peppers, and mild chilli peppers.
When it comes to dumplings, I had been familiar with manti in Central Asia – those of which were the size of the palms of your hands and stuffed with meat and onions. However, the manti in Turkey are like little tortellini filled with meat and topped with yogurt sauce and a spicy tomato sauce.
Travelers with a sweet tooth will love the Turkish desserts, like baklava (in photo), that are just drenched in sugar syrup. However, a simple cup of Turkish tea with a lump of sugar (or two) is also a customary end to a meal.
This post only begins to delve into the world of Turkish food, so if you have something to share, please do so in a comment below. What's your favorite Turkish dish? Did the food in Turkey surprise you?
Don't forget to 'Like us' on Facebook!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
5 Smoke-Free U.S. Cities to VisitComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
As a parent, I appreciate places where I can bring my kid without having to worry about second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoke-free cities have no-smoking laws that apply to restaurants/bars, workplaces, public buildings/grounds and city parks (as well as other areas around the city). The cities on this list also have extensive anti-smoking campaigns, as well as programs to help people stop smoking. In celebration of The Great American Smoke-Out, here are five of the most smoke-free U.S. cities to add to your list of places to visit....read more
3 Winter Festivals To Attend in Puerto RicoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Puerto Rico might be on your radar for sunshine and palm trees, but it shouldn’t be counted out for a winter getaway. There might not be snow softly falling on pine trees, but the island gets into the spirit of winter with a number of celebrations. If you are in need of a winter escape, try Puerto Rico, specifically to attend one of its lively winter festivals....read more
5 Fascinating New Zealand MuseumsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
There are plenty of reasons to visit New Zealand – the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and unique cuisine being a few of them. New Zealand is also home to world-class museums where visitors can learn more about art, history and even sheep farming! Here are five to check out....read more
A Dinner Table Mouthful! How to Say 'Bon Appétit' in 15 Languages Across EuropeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
The French phrase, “Bon appétit,” is often used as a substitute for the lack of an English phrase of the same meaning. While you might hear, “Enjoy your meal,” Bon appétit is one of the most common ways of greeting someone before they chow down. As most of the country gets ready to have a Thanksgiving feast, in case you have a few at your table who don’t speak English or French for that matter, it is useful to know how to wish someone a good meal in some of France’s neighbors. Here’s how to say essentially, “Good appetite,” in 15 European languages....read more
Switzerland Celebrates 150 Years of Winter TourismComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
Mention Switzerland and most people immediately dream of skiing in the snowed Alps. And that’s just as many folks from there would like you to think of their beautiful home. Indeed, there’s consensus among the Swiss that their country is the original destination for cold weather fun — and that this coming season marks the 150th anniversary of winter tourism....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.