...post on our Turkish adventures is, well, again on food. This one explores the stuff we liked beyond kebaps.
1. Manti (Turkish Ravioli, or Turkish Dumplings sometimes): Primarily Ravioli stuffed with meat, they cook it with a lot of yogurt and garlic. They are more in the dumplings territory when it's not cooked with yogurt-garlic.
2. Turkish Breakfast: Since we stayed at an assortment of pensions and family B&Bs we were served a standard format Turkish Breakfast wherever we went. This comprised bread, boiled egg, paynir, cheese, butter, strawberry/cherry jam, tomatoes, olives, fruit and chay.
3. Fish: We had an assortment of fish in many places. It's more expensive than meat out there, and they love it. They go easy on any kind of sauce, seasoning or marination, so it's often a little bland, although extremely fresh almost everywhere. The fish below is from the gulet charter, with sides of egg-salad and veggies.
4. Sesame Bread: which is bread with a lot of sesame on top. They have an entire variety of bread with sesame on it. The pic here of a variety from Izmir which doesn't go easy on the sesame, with a LITTLE meat in it. The pic below is one of a simit seller, simits being Istanbul's favourite sesame-doughnut sort of snack.
5. Shorba (or Turkish Soup): They love their soup, and we had a lot of it too - it's cheaper, filling, and quite tasty. The lentil soup is something I hadn't seen anywhere else before. The closest Indian parallel is probably dal.
6. Gozleme: A snack, mostly. Gozeleme is stuffed bread. If you know how Indian stuffed parathas are made, this is very similar. They have endless choices for stuffing, from various combinations of meat to cheeses and veggies. Another popular snack is borek which is like a 'puff' (I can't seem to find the picture). The Gozleme pictured below was devoured in Kusadasi (near Selcuk).
7. Pide (Turkish Pizza): Their variant of pizza is quite tasty, I'll admit. The bread is bent on the edges, and they usually serve it cut up into small bite-sized pieces. The lower of the two pictures here is from Goreme, and that's how it's usually served. Once again, you get to choose the topping, and they give plenty of choice.
8. Turkish Hot-Plates: Basic hotplates, I just included this nice picture of the way they ask one to choose.
9. Grilled Chicken: I put this since I found the pic. The only thing this has over the one you get in places in Bangalore like Empire/ Imperial is size - and that can be fixed by having MORE. I'd recommend avoiding it if you're Indian - it's way bland.
10. Veggies: We (she, really) had some mix vegetable meals as well - they love aubergines, tomatoes and, capsicum
That's it. Simple post, really. More Turkiye posts on the way.