My Favorite Turkish Foods
Even though I have been living in Turkey for almost 4 years now, I don’t think I have even scratched the surface of all the Turkish foods that exist in this country. Turkish cuisine is so rich that, in order to be able to try all the Turkish foods out there, one must live here for decades in my opinion 🙂
However, since I love cooking and trying new foods, here is a list of my top 35 Turkish foods. They are not in any particular order, so go ahead and choose what looks good to you and give it a shot. I am sure I will add to this list as I go along, but for now here are 35 of them. So here goes…
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1. Manti (Mantı)
Manti is one of my favorite Turkish foods. The first time I visited Istanbul and before I decided to live here, my then boyfriend took me to a place where they specialize in Manti. Basically, Manti is a type of ravioli (some people actually call it Turkish ravioli) that is stuffed with a mixture of minced beef and spices. It is then boiled and served with yogurt. The red stuff you see on top is a mixture of melted butter and chili flakes. Yes, I know it’s very rich, but oh boy is it delish 🙂 The best place to have Manti in Istanbul is Ortaköy Mantı Evi in my opinion.
2. Trileche (Trileçe)
Trileche is one of the Turkish foods that you should definitely try while in Turkey. It is a dessert that looks like a cake, but it has a lot of milk in it, so it’s very moist and soft. The top layer is made out of caramel. Definitely delicious!
Baklava is definitely at the top of my Turkish foods list. This is one of the sweetest things I have ever tasted in my life, and yet, I love it. Baklava comes in different shapes, forms and flavors, but the most popular types are the walnut baklava (my personal favorite) and the pistachio baklava. I love desserts and sweet stuff in general, but I don’t like them when they’re too sweet. However, Turkish baklava is definitely something I like to eat every now and then.
4. Turkish Coffee
Another one of my favorites. As much as I am a coffee addict, I never like to drink black coffee. My coffee is always with milk. However, Turkish coffee is an exception. I just love the taste and texture of it. It also smells amazing. If you ever decide to visit Turkey, you definitely want to try this.
This is my favorite on the list of Turkish foods for Sunday breakfast. Menemen is a typical Turkish food that calls for tomatoes, onions, green pepper and eggs. We have something similar back home in Morocco, but it doesn’t involve peppers. It’s very tasty, healthy and filling. A perfect way to start your Sunday 🙂
6. Cig Borek (çiğ börek)
Cig (çiğ) means raw and “börek” is a type of Turkish pastry. There are different types of borek in Turkey. However, contrary to its name, it is not raw. Cig borek consists of minced beef stuffed pastry. Needless to say, it is delicious.
7. Kiymali Borek (kıymalı börek)
This type of borek is also stuffed with minced beef, but it looks completely different as it is rolled and baked; compared to cig borek which is usually fried. The stuffing is also different as it calls for way more ingredients and spices.