3 Types Of Turkish Street Food To Try At Bosphorus
What do you think of when it comes to Turkish cuisine? Like many who crave a late snack after an exciting night in town, you may think of kebabs and snack packs. These are delicious, but there are many other dishes to try. Turkey cuisine has derived its colour and variety from the rich history of the land, including influences from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Bosphorus at Marina Square, cooks a menu that introduces you to authentic Turkish street food.
What’s in a Traditional Turkish Breakfast?
Breakfast is as important to Turkish people as cheese is to pizza. Very. A classic breakfast, known as “kahvalti”, is a nutritious and flavourful spread of textures and flavours. Generally, it will include: black and green olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, cured meats, an assortment of sauces & dips, eggs, fresh cheese, freshly-baked bread, and preserved fruit. For the drink, freshly brewed black tea is always served.
Lahmacun is like pizza, but thinner
Often nicknamed the Turkish pizza or Armenian pizza, lahmacun may look like the Italian dish but taste entirely different. It consists of a round and thin piece of dough with minced meat, minced vegetables and herbs (such as onions, garlic, parsley and red peppers) spread on top. After it solidifies from baking, lahmacun is often rolled and wrapped around vegetables (like pickles, tomatoes and eggplant) for portability and ease of eating.
Pide is like pizza, but boat-shaped
Pide is a delicious fast food made with flat bread. A bit thicker than lahmacun, pide has a variety of toppings (including chopped beef, ground lamb, spinach, cheese and egg) and crusty edges stuffed with ingredients. Imagine a pizza that has been folded inwards to resemble a boat. In Turkey, there is often a pideci (pide bakery) nearby making two main types of pide: Kusbasili Pide (beef) and Kiymali Pide (ground beef).