Istanbul Food/Entertainment Culture

Istanbul Food/Entertainment Culture

Istanbul Food/Entertainment Culture

What is Turkey's culture like?

Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Oğuz Turkic and Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures), and Western culture and traditions which started with the Westernization of the Ottoman Empire and continues today..

What is the most popular food in Istanbul?

Döner;A Turkish classic that has also become a bit of a national dish in Germany, döner kebap comes in many forms including dürüm (döner wrapped in lavaş bread) and iskender kebap (döner on a bed of pide bread with yogurt, tomato sauce, and butter).

Lahmacun :Often wrongfully referred to as a ‘Turkish pizza’, lahmacun has nothing to do with the Italian classic. A thin and crispy round of dough is topped with minced seasoned meat, which is complimented with a squeeze of lemon and parsley before it’s rolled up and ready to eat.
Meze; The world of meze (appetizers) is wide and varied and some of our favorites include fava (mashed broad beans), köpoğlu (fried eggplant cubes with a yogurt and tomato sauce), muhammara (dip made from red pepper paste, walnuts, lemon juice, and pomegranate molasses)..
Kebap;There are many varieties of kebap including Adana and Urfa (spicy and non-spicy hand kneaded seasoned lamb meat grilled on skewers), Beyti (ground beef or lamb grilled on skewer, wrapped in lavaş bread and topped with yogurt and tomato sauce), and şiş (skewered and grilled seasoned cubes of lamb or chicken meat)..
Mantı;Small handmade dumplings filled with minced meat are boiled and then served with yogurt and a sauce made with oil, paprika, mint, and garlic..
Balık Ekmek;One of Istanbul’s most iconic tourist snacks, balık ekmek is a sandwich containing grilled fish, onions, and salad...
Karnıyarık;A very common dish at Istanbul’s many esnaf (tradesmen) restaurants, karnıyarık is made from whole baked eggplants filled with seasoned minced meat and parsley, then covered in a tomato sauce. Goes great with rice with tomatoes..
Hünkar Beğendi;Quite an amazing dish, soft lamb cubes are served on top of eggplant puree, made with butter and melted kaşar cheese..
Kuzu Tandır;An ancient dish that was made by cooking lamb in a tandır (a clay oven in the ground), nowadays kuzu tandır is still made traditionally from extremely tender meat and served with iç pilav (rice with nuts, diced liver and currants).
Pide;Delicious boat shaped baked dough filled with many different ingredients from minced meat to spinach, eggs and sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage) and kuşbaşı (small cubes of seasoned veal meat)..
Yaprak Sarma;Grape, cabbage, or chard leaves are cooked and then filled with either minced me
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