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The Ultimate Guide to Beyoğlu & Taksim: 18 Best Things To Do

If you’re visiting Istanbul, you shouldn’t neglect the Beyoğlu district. Although it is on the European side, you will need to cross the Golden Horn if you’re coming from the old city and Sultanahmet. This historic district is famous for its hotels, historical landmarks as well as nightlife. It also has been home to many

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Palaces in Istanbul: The 10 Stunning Royal Ottoman Palaces

From the end of the Byzantine Period (15th century) to the 19th century, the Ottoman Sultans built numerous castles and palaces in Istanbul. While some sultans lived in other cities, such as the young princes learning to govern in different cities such as Amasya, most of these beautiful palaces are located in the capital of

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10 Best Turkish Bath & Hamam in Istanbul | First-Timers Guide

Is there anything more relaxing and rejuvenating than lying on a warm marble in a Turkish hamam getting a full body scrub? Turkish baths, or hammams in Turkey, are an important part of Turkish culture that has been around since the 16th century. The hamams in Istanbul are the ultimate Turkish bath experience and they

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The 14 Best Restaurants in Turkey Right Now (2021 Updated)

Turkey has one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, which is why it’s no surprise that there are so many great restaurants to choose from. But, because this country’s cuisine is so complex and varied – with different regions producing different styles of food – choosing where to eat can be a daunting

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12 Most Iconic Turkish Foods & Where to Eat Them in Istanbul

Finally, you’ve booked yourself a ticket, and you’re in the city where East meets West. But what do you eat? You may be dismayed to know that a decade in Istanbul wouldn’t expose you to all the fascinating delights the Turkish cuisine holds, but if you want a shortcut to the kitchen, here are 12

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The 8 Best Kokoreç in Istanbul (Grilled Lamb Intestines)

Upon the burning embers of the remaining coal, a spit filled with red, hot meat twirls around and around like a dervish until the succulent pieces are ready to instigate a trance-like ecstasy within the mouth of the consumer. This magical dish, home to the Turks, Greeks, and those in the Balkans, is so beloved

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Grand Bazaar Istanbul: Best Shops & Things to Buy (2021 UPD)

Istanbul is one of the fascinating cities in the world. It has a rich history and culture that can be seen throughout its many neighborhoods, but there’s no better place to experience this than inside Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. You really can’t say you visited Istanbul if you haven’t been welcomed by the merchants at the

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5 Places Serving the Best Stuffed Grape Leaves in Istanbul

Many people will say that they have been to Istanbul and never had stuffed grape leaves. This is because those who visit the city’s restaurants are too busy stuffing their faces with kebabs and döner and therefore miss out on one of the great culinary treasures of Turkey: stuffed grape leaves (yaprak sarma). These tiny

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6 Best & Blazing Hot Çiğ Köfte (Raw Meatball) in Istanbul

Often erroneously referred to as another version of steak tartare, the çiğ köfte (raw meatball) is constantly underestimated with its fiery spice, sweet yet sour pomegranate molasses, and it’s smooth texture. Finely grounded fatless lamb, bulgur, onions, garlic, tomato, and hot pepper paste is treated with extremely hot spices (isot, pul biber) and kneaded until

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Best Kebab in Istanbul: Top 12 Kebab Restaurants Right Now

A drop of fat dripping down the shish that’s sitting, nonchalantly, in the fire. You know you’re being teased; you know the urge to resist has evaporated; you know you’re going to give in to that primal urge. There’s a good reason why the Turks are stereotyped as kebab lovers, and there’s also a good

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8 Places for the Best Kuru Fasulye (Bean Stew) in Istanbul

Slam your fist into a raw onion, throw a slice in your mouth to masticate with this hearty white bean stew with a spoonful of rice. If that’s not your thing, you can pair this tangy dish with a slice of bread just out of the oven. Once upon a time, what was a peasant’s

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10 Best Nişantaşı Restaurants: Complete Guide (2021 Updated)

Once described by Nobel literature prize winner Orhan Pamuk as the place for the highest echelon of Turkish society, Nişantaşı is the Turkish equivalent of New York’s Upper East Side. One of my favorite places to eat in Istanbul is Nişantaşı – a neighborhood full of life with restaurants you can find all over the

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The 8 Best Restaurants on the Asian Side of Istanbul

The European, historic vibe of Istanbul is unarguably a world favorite. That said, the Anatolian side (Asian side) hosts some of the most magnificent and creative dishes that you’ll be thanking your muses that you went. Related content: Best Desserts in Istanbul: The 12 Sweetest Dessert Shops in Town If your tastebuds are incredibly refined,

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Best Cağ Kebab in Istanbul: 6 Delicious Cağ Kebab Restaurant

A horizontal slab of meat gently sweating the fat onto the wooden fired oven. No hard tissues, no membranes, no bones, nothing unsavory. This is the tenderest kebab in the whole of the Turkish kitchen. So juicy that even people who aren’t kebab fans will be salivating at the thought of the cağ kebab. But

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The 10 Places Serving The Best Börek in Istanbul (w/ Photos)

Sometimes you just need to feel a crunch, and sometimes you want a smooth, velvety sensation. Whatever you desire, the Turks have found a way to stuff pastry with a million different things that you’ll find yourself drooling at the memory of each bite. Börek is a Turkish food that is made out of layered

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The Most Instagrammable Cafés In Istanbul: 10 Unique & Concept Places

Istanbul is one of the most Instagrammable cities in the world! Walking through Istanbul’s streets, you will find so many unique cafés with different concepts. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Instagrammable cafés in Istanbul that are perfect for visiting if you’re looking to explore some new places

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Best Menemen in Istanbul: 8 Sizzling Hot Menemen Places

The Turkish omelet that has started making its way around the world seems to be a simple dish. Fry up some green peppers and tomatoes, throw in some eggs and let it stew with a touch of salt, black pepper, and spicy Aleppo pepper. Easy, right? Related content: Turkish Menemen Recipe: Easy & Homemade Perhaps,

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Sütlaç in Istanbul: 8 Best Places Serving Creamy Rice Pudding

Turkish cuisine is one of the most diverse and exciting in Europe. As a city at the intersection of east and west, Istanbul has an abundance of delicious options to choose from. But when it comes to desserts, there’s one dish that stands out: Sütlaç (rice pudding). Colored like a cow, this milky dessert with

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6 Best Sirkeci Restaurants: A Complete Guide w/ Maps

From Istanbul to Paris, this touristic district has excited the imagination of many writers. Being the easternmost terminus of the Orient Express may have been Sirkeci’s claim to fame in the past, but now it’s known for its boutique hotels, bookstores, and traditional food. Speaking of which, if your stomach is rumbling, here’s a list

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The 10 Best Turkish Wines That Every Wine Lover Must Try

In the world of winemaking, Turkey’s potential is not quite yet realized. Despite being the sixth-largest grape producer, Turkey is only the 43rd largest producer of wine. It’s a shame that, with 70 million liters of wine being produced, only about 2% of its grapes become wine. It’s a sad statistic considering the number of

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Turkish Beers: 13 Best Beer Brands & Craft Beers in Turkey

Despite the conservative attitudes towards alcohol and the newly implemented laws, beer is one of the most popular drinks in Turkey, and the Turks are slowly coming alive with their approach to Turkish beers, craft beer, and microbrewery. This is somewhat refreshing considering that the history of beer in this spot dates to Ottoman Empire

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8 Budget Restaurants and 10 Best Cheap Eats in Istanbul

Perhaps you broke the piggybank on the plane ticket to Istanbul. Perhaps you just want to know what the locals eat. Perhaps your palate is itching for a different kind of flavor. You’re in luck. Istanbul is the city of adventure, and that also applies to the culinary world. Known internationally as the city of

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12 Best Bakeries in Istanbul For Cakes, Pastries, and Bread

Pastries have their special place not only in Turkish cuisine but around the world. Who can explain why a cake, pudding, or even a bagel is as comforting as a hug? Inspired by the blending of a variety of ethnicity and cultures, bakeries in Istanbul are hard to define, and there are countless of them

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Best Pizza in Istanbul: 12 Finger-Lickin’ Good Pizzerias

Turkish people may proudly tell you that they have many alternatives to Italian pizza, such as the pide and lahmacun. While the Turkish versions do have their place in the culinary world, there is nothing quite like the pizza that has made its way around the world. Thanks to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pizza

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Veg Out at the 12 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Istanbul

Advertised as the home of the kebab, the reality is that Turkey has such a rich cuisine that it can cater to anyone. Turkey is amongst the top 10 countries for the highest vegetable consumption per person globally. Most traditional Turkish dishes all have a zeytinyağlı (olive oil) version, which is meat-free and usually vegan

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Sultan’s Diet: 10 Delicious & Unique Medieval Ottoman Foods

Ottoman cuisine is a delicious and unique blend of Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Western influences. It has been influenced by the empires that have ruled over it, such as the Ottoman Empire, Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, Byzantine Empire, and many others. One could provide an anthropological examination as to why the Ottoman dishes are so

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The Best Turkish Delight in Istanbul: 10 Dreamy Lokum Shops

Previously known as a ‘throat comfort,’ real Turkish delight or lokum has a chewy texture and is sweet but not as sweet as it’s made to be in occidental markets. This treat has delighted people for centuries, even featuring in high literature such as C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.’ Fun fact,

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The 14 Best International Restaurants In Istanbul 2021

The Turks prize themselves on their cultural know-how. Despite the nationalistic pride, the Turks have high regard and undying respect for the rest of the world. Perhaps that’s why no matter how much the Turks happily boast about their kitchen, they too enjoy the wonders of different countries. Some Turks like to put an Anatolian

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5 Fish Markets in Istanbul to Unleash Your Inner Poissonnier

Whether you are an aspiring chef or terrified of the kitchen, a foodie, or an eat-whatever-comes-to-me, you would enjoy visiting Istanbul’s fish markets (balık pazarı in Turkish), which are a cultural heritage to this ancient city and Turkey. Related content: The Ultimate Guide to Grand Bazaar Istanbul: Best Shops & Things to Buy (2021 UPD)

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8 Best Restaurants & Places to Eat in Üsküdar

A cool breeze carrying the scent of the sea, picturesque views, and the meditative sounds of seagulls, foghorns, and boats; Üsküdar is Istanbul’s most ancient residential area. After all, it was founded in the 7th century by Ancient Greek settlers. That is seven centuries before the Ottoman Empire and a few decades before the Byzantium

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8 Absolute Best Pide in Istanbul | Complete Guide w/ Maps

Istanbul is a vibrant, dynamic city with so much to offer. It seems like every street corner has another restaurant offering up some fantastic food. What’s not to love? The only problem is that there are just too many restaurants and it can be hard to find the best ones! That’s where we come in.

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The 13 Best Ice Cream Shops in Istanbul This Summer

The well-known frozen, dairy-based treat melting in your mouth is a type of ecstasy that can’t be explained. It’s a shame that the Turkish dondurma is frequently forgotten on the international stage, particularly considering you have both the slow-melting, chewy Maraş version as well as the exquisitely creative flavors of the Turkic gelato. From natural

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Turkish Desserts: 18 Best Sweets You Can’t Say No To

It’s no coincidence that occidental classics like C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe’ mention Turkish delights as a bribe. Nor is it any wonder that travel-writer consistently launch into the exotic fantasy of desserts from this section of the world. Perhaps it is the result of the mingling of various cultures in the

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Celebrity Turkish Chefs: 12 Best Chef Restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul’s chefs may not get the same international recognition as their counterparts in other parts of the world, but that makes them more of a hidden treasure than normal. Each of the Turkish chefs you will find below brings their own unique story to this ever-changing and historical kitchen of Anatolia. Whether traditional or authentic,

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Köfte in Istanbul: 10 Best Restaurants Serving Dazzling Köfte

That sweet sizzling sound as the meat hits the grill. If your inner carnivore is craving lusciously tender meat, then köfte is the dish for you. The köfte is a type of meatball/meat patty that’s been served so long in this country that it has its spot in the hall of fame of Turkish cuisine,

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12 Most Delicious Turkish Mezes to Cement that Friendship

Tourists would be forgiven for thinking that Turkey’s only offering is the kebab. Turkish cuisine has a selection of various dishes that’ll please both carnivores and vegans, and the Turkish mezes are only one of them. Like Spanish Tapas, there are both hot and cold appetizers to whet one’s appetite. That said, the meze is

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Best Künefe in Istanbul: 10 Places That’ll Make You Drool

Shredded filo pastry drenched in a sweet sugar syrup with a touch of a unique unsalted cheese. Sprinkle some pistachios, nuts, creams, ice-creams – whatever your heart desires. This Middle Eastern dessert made a showstopping appearance in the notorious One Thousand and One Nights. The North Africans and Arabs have their versions, but the Turkish

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10 Istanbul Meze Restaurants You Will Remember a Lifetime

Istanbul has one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in Europe, so it should come as no surprise that there are so many great restaurants to choose from when looking for your next meal. And meze bars are no exception. This blog post will cover 10 Istanbul meze restaurants and meze bars that serve up

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Best Gözleme in Istanbul: 7 Excellent Gözleme Restaurants

In this blog post, I will introduce you to the restaurants cooking the best gözleme in Istanbul. Gözleme is a Turkish dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch and with various fillings such as cheese, spinach, eggs, and ground beef. Notorious for being vegetarian-friendly, there’s so much choice here. In fact, it’s so

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Iskender Kebab in Istanbul: 5 Best Restaurants for Iskender

First published: November 18, 2013 – Updated: September 25, 2021 Iskender kebab is one of the most popular meat dishes of Turkey, typically enjoyed in the north-western areas of the country. It dates back to the early 19th century and is so-named after its original creator, Iskender Efendi. It can also be known in other

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Street vendor barbeque cooking fresh fish with vegetables to fill bread roll for local fish sandwich
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Fish Sandwich in Istanbul (Balik Ekmek) – Popular Street Food

First published: May 17, 2013 – Updated: September 25, 2021 Who doesn’t like fresh fish? One of Istanbul’s favorite lunchtime street foods to munch on is balık ekmek or ‘fish sandwich’. Found readily in the suburbs bordering the Golden Horn and the Bosphorous, balık ekmek is a delicious sandwich priced at between only 10 Turkish

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Aşure (Noah’s Pudding): Ancient Turkish Pudding

First published: November 14, 2013 – Updated: September 25, 2021 Aşure (or, Noah’s Pudding) is a famous Turkish dessert, prepared on the Day of Aşure. Its name is derived from the word “Ashura”, which means “tenth” in Arabic. The Day of Aşure follows the Islamic holy calendar, and falls on the Tenth of Muharrem, during

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The Sweet Taste of Katmer – Best Katmer in Istanbul

First published: June 1, 2014 – Updated: September 25, 2021 The sweet taste of Katmer. When we ask our guests to name their favorite foods from their walks with us, one food pops up again and again… and again…. and again!  But it’s no wonder! What is deliciously flaky… … indescribably indulgent… … and quintessentially

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Turkish coffee is one of the most popular Turkish drink
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How to Make Turkish Coffee – Authentic Turkish Coffee Recipe

First published: January 14, 2014 – Updated: September 25, 2021 For Turks, the look of Turkish coffee is just as important as its taste. And the most desirable is one topped with foamy ‘bubbles’. It is true that everyone should know how to make Turkish coffee in Turkey. Related content: Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages

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Istanbul Markets: 20 Best Bazaars Every Traveler Must Visit

The markets in Istanbul are like nothing you have ever seen before. They sell everything from fresh produce to household goods, and every one of them is bursting with energy and life. The best thing about Istanbul markets? You can always find something unique no matter where you go! This blog post will explore 20

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14 Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Istanbul (2021 Updated)

The coffee culture is strong in Istanbul, and there are many different cafés to choose from. Some people like their coffee iced or with a lot of cream and sugar; others prefer dark roasts that taste bitter. Regardless of your tastes, you will find something here! Related content: Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages Turkey Can’t

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14 Best Restaurants in Fatih: Locals Favourite Places to Eat

Fatih is the heart of Istanbul. This neighborhood is considered an attractive residential area for locals and tourists alike, with its many restaurants, shops, museums, and other attractions within walking distance from hotels in the surrounding areas.  The rich history and culture, stunning architecture, delicious restaurants – it’s no wonder that this neighborhood has been

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Best Bars in Istanbul Right Now: 15 Cool Places w/ Rooftops

What are the best bars in Istanbul right now? If you’re looking for cool places to drink, then this post is for you. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the most popular and coolest bars in Istanbul. From rooftop bars overlooking the Bosphorus Strait to speakeasy-style cocktail bars to sky lounges, these venues will

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How to Make Turkish Tea: The Perfect Cup of Çay Recipe

More than a few visitors leave Turkey with the taste of delicious Turkish tea fresh on their palates and, more than likely, with a box or two of tea to make in their own houses. What is a good recipe for authentic Turkish Tea? To brew Turkish tea you don’t need to be a master

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Turkish Tomato Soup Recipe: Simple & Homemade

Originally published May 18, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Soup or ‘çorba’ is an integral part of the Turkish meal plan. Served as a prelude to most lunches and dinners – or as a light meal on its own – Turks have certainly mastered the art of cooking this local favorite. This is lucky for

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Cacao, plain and pistachio flavored Turkish ice-cream on plate with knife and fork
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Turkish Ice Cream: What Makes It Unique? (Maraş Dondurma)

Originally published May 17, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 I love my baklava, and I love my lokum (Turkish Delight); but, even more, I love Turkish ice cream (or, dondurma, to the locals)! Related content: Turkish Cuisine: A Complete Guide to Turkish Food & Drinks What Makes Turkish Ice Cream Different? Literally the Turkish word

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Ezme Recipe: Hot Ezme Salad (Authentic Turkish Style)

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Ezme is one of the most popular Turkish mezze and is found at almost all Turkish meals. It is a spicy and fresh accompaniment. Actually, this ezme recipe is very spicy, so you could opt to tone it down a little depending on your taste –

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Turkish Dolma w/ Meat Recipe: Stuffed Pepper or Capsicum

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Stuffed pepper is one of my favorite Turkish dishes and I didn’t realize how easy it was to make Turkish dolma until I tried it for myself. Of course, as I am a carnivorous person, I do prefer the dolma containing ground beef. You can serve

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Semolina Halva Recipe: Delicious Turkish Dessert

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Semolina halva or irmik helvasi is a classic Ottoman dessert and Turkish people have been cooking this dessert for centuries in their houses. Sometimes semolina halva is cooked with milk, sometimes with pine nuts but it is always a very light dessert. Semolina halva (irmik helvasi)

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The 10 Best Turkish Coffee in Istanbul for Real Coffee Buffs

Are you looking for a great cup of Turkish coffee in Istanbul? If so, you have come to the right place; Istanbul is one of the best places to get coffee in the world. The Turkish coffee culture has been around for centuries, and it’s no surprise that the locals are addicted to Turkish coffee,

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The 12 Juiciest, Beefiest, Bestest Burgers in Istanbul

Some people have a strange obsession with hamburgers. They will stop at nothing to find the best burger wherever they are in the world, and it’s not just for the taste. There is something about holding a juicy beef patty between two slices of bread that makes everything better. The air smells different when you

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The 10 Best Karaköy Restaurants (2021 updated)

Istanbul is a city that never sleeps. It’s also a foodie’s paradise, and no place in the town better exemplifies this than Karaköy. This cool neighborhood is home to some of Istanbul’s best restaurants, and it has everything from traditional Turkish cuisine to French bistros and seafood restaurants with fresh fish flown in daily. In

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Best Mantı in Istanbul: 7 Absolute Best Mantı Restaurants

Ask any tourist about Turkish food, and they’ll tell you all about kebabs. Ask a Turk, and they’ll describe the mouth-watering pleasure that is mantı: A hint of meat caressed by soft dough, swimming in a garlic yogurt embrace with a kiss of sauce. Add a little mint, sumac, and pepper to get the culinary

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Best Desserts in Istanbul: The 12 Sweetest Dessert Shops in Town

Istanbul is the city of sweet delight. From traditional Turkish desserts to European favorites, she offers a wide variety of mouthwatering sweets. This post will explore some of the most popular and acclaimed Istanbul desserts and dessert shops in Istanbul. Trying to decide which of these dessert shops in Istanbul has the best desserts is

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20 Best & Most Famous Turkish Kebabs (w/ Authentic Recipes)

First published on 2nd February 2014. Updated on 1st September 2021 For most people, thinking about Turkish cuisine generally conjures countless images of delicious meaty kebabs in mind. But for the most part, these imaginings are limited to the standard döner kebab and shish kebab that the western world are accustomed to. But in fact,

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The 6 Best Tantuni in Istanbul – Complete Guide w/ Maps

For Turks, tantuni is highly coveted street food. However, for international visitors, it is one of the most underappreciated and unknown dishes in Istanbul and Turkey. While it is not as popular as the world-famous döner kebab, tantuni is equally delicious, addictive, and scrumptious to eat. However, this street food is scarce outside of Turkey.

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Top 10 Beşiktaş Restaurants: Where You Can’t Go Wrong

Where should you go for your next night out? It is a question that many people ask themselves when they are in Istanbul and want to have a nice dinner. Beşiktaş hosts some of the best and luxurious restaurants in Istanbul. It is surrounded by many restaurants, shops, markets to make it an exciting place

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The 10 Oldest Restaurants in Istanbul

It’s a well-known fact that Istanbul is one of the most historic cities in the world. This is why it should come as no surprise to hear that there are many historical and old restaurants here, some of which date back over 170 years. In this blog post, we will talk about ten of these

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The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos)

You are visiting Turkey and Istanbul, and you want to find the best foods to eat? Then, you can’t go wrong with this list of delicious Turkish foods! We’ll cover everything from traditional Turkish cuisine and street foods to kebabs and even some vegetarian & vegan options. No matter your taste buds’ preference, there is

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11 Foods to Challenge Your Eyes & Tastebuds: Offal Dishes in Turkey

Offal dishes are an essential part of Turkish cuisine and are loved by Turkish people. In the old days in Turkey, no animal part was wasted, and every type of meat imaginable was eaten. Most animal parts such as the heart, brain, tripe, tongue, liver, intestines are still widely consumed in today’s society in Turkey.

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20 Best Turkish Street Food in Istanbul: Complete Guide & Where to Find Them

Istanbul is a street food lover’s paradise. The street food of Istanbul is diverse and delicious, made with fresh ingredients and served from carts, peddlers, stands on street corners, street vendors, or restaurants across the city. From döner kebab to lahmacun, street food in Istanbul is an experience that can’t be missed! The only problem

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The Best Baklava in Istanbul: TOP 11 Baklava Shops

The best way to describe baklava would be by saying it tastes like heaven – not too hard on your teeth because layers of flaky phyllo dough are mixed into the butter, so every bite melts beautifully onto your tongue. At least, this is how good baklava tastes and feels in Turkey. We bet you

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Kadikoy restaurants are some of the best in Istanbul
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10 Best Kadıköy Restaurants: A Complete Guide w/ Maps

Kadıköy is a neighborhood that will steal your heart with its lively entertainment life, as well as beautiful venues for food. Kadıköy has been called one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world because it offers such an array of different tastes and cultures to experience all at once. It isn’t easy to walk more

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Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages Turkey Can’t Live Without

Turkish drinks and beverages are some of the most popular in the world. They have been around for many centuries, and they can be found far beyond Turkey’s borders. They help keep people going through a hot summer day or stay warm and healthy in the winter months, but more importantly, Turkish people love them

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The 7 Best Mussels in Istanbul | Ultimate Guide to Mussels in Istanbul

The bright, fresh flavors of mussels have been an iconic part of Turkish and Armenian cuisine for hundreds of years. The prized bivalves are often found on street carts and at restaurants all over town, from seafood markets to waterfront cafes. One of the most indulgent street foods in Istanbul, this flavor is perfect for

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Pandeli is one of the oldest and best restaurants in Sultanahmet
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The 14 Best Restaurants in Sultanahmet (Istanbul Old City)

In the city of Istanbul, a tourist hotspot for its visitors is Sultanahmet. Here one can find an extensive list of things to do with plenty to see and explore across this vibrant neighborhood. Besides historical sites that offer a glimpse into the past and best examples of Ottoman architecture, Sultanahmet also appeals to your

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Del Mare is one of the best seafood restaurants in Istanbul.
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12 Absolute Best Seafood Restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul is an incredible city with a wealth of culinary delights. One of the most popular cuisines in this diverse city is seafood. There are many restaurants to choose from, but these 12 seafood restaurants in Istanbul have been ranked as some of the best by locals and visitors alike. If you’re visiting Istanbul and

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18 Best Restaurants in Taksim & Beyoğlu That You Must Try

Istanbul is a city that never sleeps. If you’re looking for the perfect place to have dinner, Istanbul offers many options. Beyoglu district and Taksim Square have some of the best restaurants in Istanbul, and it’s worth exploring! In this blog post, I’ll share my top 18 best restaurants in Taksim and Beyoglu. Related content:

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Friends tossing and cheering with Turkish raki
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Turkish Raki | Complete Guide for Beginners

Americans or Europeans sip wine with the meal, British do beer, and Turks sip their Raki. Savored slowly with best friends or family, either on a special occasion or a casual gathering, after the sunset or before, Turkish Raki aka -Lion’s milk- is a centuries-old alcoholic beverage that has its own distinctive flavor and culture

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A'jia restaurant and it's terrace. A'jia is one of the best Bosphorus restaurants in Istanbul.
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Best Bosphorus Restaurants in Istanbul: Top 9 Right Now

As one of the most iconic waterways in the world, it is no surprise that Istanbul has a number of great restaurants along the Bosphorus. The variety of foods you can try at these establishments will have your mouth watering before you’ve even left home! This blog post will highlight some of our favorite Bosphorus

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Crispy Turkish lahmacun cut into 4 pieces on a circular wooden tray
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The Best Lahmacun in Istanbul: 6 Outstanding Lahmacun Places

If you’re looking for the best lahmacun in Istanbul, this blog post is just what you need. I’ll share my top 6 favorite lahmacun restaurants with you and tell you about their food, atmosphere, and location. Who knows? Maybe one of these will become your new favorite too! Related: 20 Best Turkish Street Food in

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The Best Breakfast in Istanbul: 10 Excellent Breakfast Places

Do you have a hankering for some traditional Turkish breakfast? There are many places in Istanbul to choose from, and this blog post will help you decide where to go for the best breakfast in Istanbul. The best part of all these breakfast places on our list is that they’re either walking distance from Sultanahmet

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pasha's kofta recipe
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Pasha’s Kofta Recipe: Easy & Homemade (Hasan Paşa Köftesi)

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) This Pasha’s Kofta Recipe serves 4 Ingredients 4 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed   900 gr lean ground lamb or beef 1 small onion, grated 4 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 eggs ½ teaspoon red pepper

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Turkish Lamb with White Beans Recipe: Etli Kuru Fasülye

Related content: Baklava Types: 14 Best & Different Kinds of Baklava (Traditional & Exotic) Serve it with White Rice Pilaf and cucumbers with yogurt and mint. Serves 4-6 Ingredients ¼ cup unsalted butter 900 gr boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 medium onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 4

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Turkish Radish Salad Recipe: Turp Salatası

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) This salad goes well with grilled meat and fish. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 radishes, coarsely grated 2 carrots, peeled and grated fine 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves

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Turkish Almond Pudding Recipe: Keşkül

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Ingredients 1 ¾ cups blanched almonds 5 ½ cups whole milk, divided ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 egg yolk, beaten Pinch of salt Ground pistachio nuts Method Place the almonds in a blender along with 1

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Turkish Onion Relish Recipe: Soğan Piyazı

Ingredients 2 medium onions, thinly sliced Salt 2 teaspoons sumac 2 teaspoons red pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves Method Place the onion slices in a bowl, season with salt, and squeeze them a few times with your fingers to extract some of the juice. Add the sumac, red pepper, and parsley. Mix

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Turkish Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 small onion, diced 1 ½ cup long-grain white rice 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 2 1/3 cups chicken stock or water Salt and black pepper Method Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with about 4 inches of warm

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Fried Eggplant and Green Peppers Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Serves 4-6 Ingredients 6 eggplants (about 2 kg) 4 tablespoons salt 6 medium green peppers 2 cups light olive oil or vegetable oil 6 fresh parsley sprigs Yogurt-Garlic Sauce Tomato Sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 large tomatoes,

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Turkish Okra with Olive Oil Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Light, refreshing, and healthy meals are preferred on our tables during the summer months, especially when the weather is hot. In such cases, the first thing that comes to our mind is olive oil. Okra is one of the most popular vegetables of the summer months. You can store okra, which is a complete health

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Turkish Stuffed Zucchini Flower Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Stuffed zucchini flowers; It is one of the indispensable flavors of Turkish, Greek, and Cyprus cuisines. Stuffed zucchini flowers; Although it varies according to the region, it is usually made from pumpkin flowers collected in the Aegean and the Mediterranean in the early hours of the morning. Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking

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Turkish Stuffed Dried Eggplant Recipe: Easy & Homemade

If you haven’t tried stuffed dishes made from dried vegetables, also known as “Sour Stuffed” in Traditional Turkish Cuisine and Ottoman Palace Cuisine, we strongly recommend it. It is sour-sweetened with dry stuffed sumac spice, which is frequently consumed in the eastern region of our country. Related content: 20 Best Turkish Street Foods Turkish Stuffed

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Turkish Şakşuka Recipe (Shakshuka): Easy & Homemade

Şakşuka, one of the famous flavors of the Mediterranean, is a kind of appetizer prepared by frying vegetables and pouring sauce on them. Although its production varies from region to region, its main ingredients are eggplant, pepper, and tomato. It is also made with yogurt in some regions. Related content: 44 Turkish Foods to Try

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Vegetables and Olive Oil in Turkish Cuisine

The known history of olives, the world’s healthiest natural vegetable oil source, goes back 8 thousand years. The oldest available data on the olive tree are olive leaf fossils dating back 39,000 years. Olive oil, an essential product of the olive tree, was called “liquid gold” by humankind, while it was used only as fuel

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Turkish lentil soup in a bowl flavoured with ground red pepper
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Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes This Turkish red lentil soup recipe is nutritious, healthy, and comforting, especially during the colder autumn and winter months. Lentil soup recipe: Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 cup red lentils 1 carrot 1 potato 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 6 cups lamb or chicken stock or

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Turkish sour cherry drink
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Turkish Sour Cherry Drink Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages Turkey Can’t Live Without This Turkish Sour Cherry Drink serves 6 Ingredients 2 cups sugar 650 gr fresh sour cherries 5 cups water Method Combine the sugar with the water in a medium-size saucepan and stir the mixture over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the

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Turkish Tarhana Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Tarhana soup is one of the most popular soups in Turkish cuisine. It is nutritious and natural, and as a result, it is one of the first foods Turkish babies start eating following breast milk. If you have tarhana powder ready at home, making tarhana soup will be very easy. It will take up to

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Turkish Ayran Aşı Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes Cold ayranaşı soup is a mainstay of the Turkish summer table and can be enjoyed chilled or lukewarm. Thanks to bulgur and chickpeas, cold ayranaşı soup makes for a satisfying and light main meal; practical, tasty, and nutritious. Ayran Aşı Soup Recipe: Ingredients 1 cup of wheat 1 cup chickpeas

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Tarhana soup in a bowl served with hot red pepper
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List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes

9 Delicious Turkish Soups You MUST Taste During Your Turkey Holiday [with recipes] Soups have held an important place in traditional Turkish cuisine for centuries, and certainly far more so than other world cuisines. In this post, we outline the nine Turkish soups you must taste during your visit to Istanbul. After we explain the

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Turkish Chicken and Vermicelli Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes Serves 4-6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 2 tablespoons finely grated onion 230 gr boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced 1 cup vermicelli, broken into 1- to 1 ½ -inch pieces 1 ½ quarts chicken stock Salt 5 tablespoons lemon juice Method In a heavy medium-size

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Ezogelin soup served in a soup bowl
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Turkish Ezogelin Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes Turkish Ezogelin Soup Recipe: Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 large onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 medium tomato, finely chopped 2 tablespoons paprika ½ teaspoon red pepper 1 ½ cups red lentils

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Turkish Ice Cream Recipe: Easy & Homemade Dondurma

Related content: List of Best Turkish Foods: 44 Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Ice cream, of course, is a favorite summer treat all over the world. However, authentic Turkish dondurma is very different from the ice cream made in other parts of the world (see our homemade Turkish ice cream recipe below).  Salep powder and mastic

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4 shelves filled with jars of colourful pickles including peppers, okra, carrots, garlic, cauliflower and more
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Turkish Pickles Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Pickles have been a prominent addition to the Ottoman and Turkish diets and tables for centuries. Both healthy and nutritious, they also enhance the flavors of many Turkish dishes and serve as preferred sides to legumes and other dishes, especially during the winter months. Pickle juice is also considered a hangover cure in Turkey. The

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Turkish Menemen Recipe: Easy & Homemade

First prepared by Cretan Turks in Izmir along Turkey’s Agean coastline, menemen derives its name from the specific district where it was first created. The main ingredients of menemen are simply tomatoes, peppers, and eggs, so it’s little wonder that it has survived from Ottoman times until today. It’s hard to imagine a Turkish breakfast

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Turkish Chicken Breast Pudding Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: The Most Popular Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Turkish Chicken Breast Pudding Recipe Serves 12 Ingredients 280 gr freshly cut, skinless, boneless chicken breasts ¾ cup cornstarch 8 ¾ cups whole milk, divided 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup sugar, plus some for sprinkling on the baking pan 2 tablespoons

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Turkish Muhammara Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Muhammara is one of the most beloved appetizers of Syrian, Levantine, and Turkish cuisine. Like many recipes, it can be made with different ingredients in different countries. Even in Turkey, muhammara is prepared quite different region to region. But the main ingredients are the same; red capsicum, walnuts, and bread. You can add other ingredients

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Hazelnut Spread Recipe: Easy & Homemade

You will be quite surprised to read how easy it is to make hazelnut spread at home. It’s so quick and simple, we bet if you like the taste of it, you will be making it often at home. You have the option to adjust the recipe to your sweetness preferences. Hazelnut spread recipe 1:

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Hünkar Beğendi Recipe: Easy & Homemade (Sultan’s Delight)

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) This Hünkar Beğendi Recipe serves 6 Hünkar Beğendi Ingredients ¼ cup unsalted butter 3 tablespoons olive oil 1350 gr boneless lamb shoulder or shank, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 medium onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2

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Large round tray of fresh golden crispy walnut baklava, shiny from sugar syrup
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Turkish Baklava Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Makes 20 Sheets of Dough Baklava Dough Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted 2 tablespoons salt 4 eggs, room temperature 1 ½ cup olive oil 1 ½ cups water at room temperature (about 70°F) ¼ cup cornstarch for dusting Method: Sift the flour with the salt and place on a work table, preferably

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Turkish Rice Recipe: Easy & Homemade Pilaf

Turkish rice recipe Serves 4-6 Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 ½ cups rice, washed, soaked, and drained 2 ½ cups hot chicken stock or water Salt and black pepper Method: Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan set over medium heat.

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Pieces of beef tripe in a Turkish tripe soup
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Turkish Tripe Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: 11 Foods to Challenge Your Eyes & Tastebuds: Offal Dishes in Turkey This Turkish tripe soup recipe serves 4-6 Ingredients: 900 gr beef tripe, washed and drained 6 garlic cloves, chopped, divided ¼ cup lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil Salt ¼ cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup flour 1 cup milk ¼ cup

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Crispy Turkish lahmacun cut into 4 pieces on a circular wooden tray
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Turkish Lahmacun Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Lahmacun is popular street food in Turkey that, round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, tomatoes, onions, parsley, black pepper, and isot (red chili pepper), then baked in wood-fired ovens. It is a favorite lunchtime snack in Turkey and one of the most common foods found at restaurants. Turkish people put parsley, onion,

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The Best Local Istanbul Restaurants

It is impossible to visit Istanbul without tasting the most classic flavours of traditional Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine during your stay at some of the best local Istanbul restaurants. But, what are traditional Turkish dishes and where do locals savour the delicious flavours of their homeland? That’s easy if you know where to go! In

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What To Eat In Istanbul – for a first timer…

So, you’re visiting Istanbul for the first time. And you have probably already heard that Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world. You know about baklava, Turkish Delight and kebab. You’ll, of course, drink Turkish coffee and tea. But what else should you be eating in Istanbul that you may not know

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