What is the Turkish cuisine like?

The Turkish cuisine is very varied and tasteful. In the larger towns you have a wide choice of restorans (restaurants) and lokantas (cheap self-service restaurants). The main course in Turkey usually consists of lamb or sheep meat, grilled or stewed with vegetables, fresh bread and pilav (rice) or cooked broken wheat (bulgur).

You can choose from all sorts of kebab: sishkebab (a skewer with pieces of roasted lamb), doner kebab (sheep meat on a spit) adana kebab (highly seasoned roasted meat), köfte (meatballs), shaslik (skewer with pieces of beef or sheep meat where also include onions, kidney pieces and liver). In many restaurants in Turkey you can also order chicken (tavuk) and fish (balik). Vegetables are usually thoroughly cooked or stewed. A meal ends with a dessert. Desserts (tatlilar) are sweet (often dripping with honey) and consist of a combination of fruits, nuts and pastries, such as the baklava. Turkish cuisine also uses a lot of salads, fresh vegetables, cheese and yoghurt sauces.

The national drink of Turkey is çay (tea). Tea is served in small glasses with a few lumps of sugar on a saucer. Coffee (kahve) is drunk from small cups with a lot of sludge in it, which must first sink. Because Turkey is an Islamic country, beer, wine and raki are certainly available in the more expensive restaurants.

written by ILBE staff

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