I went to Istanbul and ate all the food! – Flavours of the Old City Food Tour

Thank you for joining us! The delicious food that you tasted on your tasty walking tour Flavours of the Old City in 3 neighborhoods included:


Simit – crispy, circular bread topped with sesame seeds

Bal & kaymak – water buffalo clotted cream and honey

Menemen – scrambled eggs with tomatoes and green pepper

Fındık ezmesi – hazelnut cream paste

Pastırma – dried & cured beef meat

Tulum peyniri – Turkish goat’s milk cheese ripened in a goatskin casing

Ezine peyniri – cows & sheep’s milk white cheese

Beyran soup – spicy lamb and rice soup

Künefe – Dessert of shredded wheat filled with cheese and topped with syrup


Turkish Coffee 

Home-style food – vegetable dishes prepared daily, depending on seasonal availability

Patlıcan dolması – stuffed dried eggplant

Döner kebap – one type of Turkish kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie.

Börek – baked cheese, mince or spinach filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo

Kuru fasulye – tomato paste based stewed white beans dish

Boza – fermented millet drink


Buryan kebap   – Kebab made from whole lambs which have been cooked in pits 2-3 meters underground, slowly for 3-3.5 hours. Pits are closed and sealed with mud. Kurdish specialty.

Perde pilavi – Rice with chicken, onion and peanuts enveloped in a thin layer of dough, topped with almonds. The pilaf has a shape similar to a cake and is then served in slices. In Turkish, perde means ‘curtain’.

Mumbar dolmasi– stuffed intestines with mince, rice, tomato paste, onions and spices

Lahmacun – thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, onions, tomatoes and parsley

Ayran – Turkish salty yogurt drink

Çiğ köfte – spicy bulgur meatballs

We have also included some of the recipes for you to try at home, just click on the links. Have a look at our other tour page here.

Thank you & afiyet olsun! Istanbul On Food team.