This traditional Turkish breakfast item is scrambled eggs cooked in sautéed vegetables and served hot with bread. Dip it, spread it, or spoon it up.
A Turkish staple, köfte is balls or patties of ground beef or lamb, and can be served stewed, in sandwiches, over salads, or plain with yogurt.
Mantı might remind you of ravioli at first sight, but the traditional Turkish dish is completely unique in taste and texture. Small beef or lamb dumplings are boiled or fried and served with yogurt or butter, and often accompanied with a range of spices.
4. Kuzu Tandır
The meat for this popular lamb dish is traditionally hung and slow roasted whole, and it often served with rice or potatoes, and yogurt.
This flat and crispy bread is traditionally topped with minced meat, salad, and lemon juice (thought the above is a beetroot vegan option!), and can be wrapped, folded in half, or pulled apart to eat.
Cheap and available on any street corner, it’s the perfect light lunch or snack while touring.
Turkish savoury pastry comes in many varieties, most popularly filled with minced meat or spinach and cheese. Börek can be rolled, served as puffs, or layered like lasagna, and served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Anyway you have it, börek is always flaky and delicious.
Nutty, syrupy, pastry dessert is never better than when served in Turkey. Often topped in ground pistachios, baklava is sweet and unique, and should be eaten fresh!
Often called “Turkish Pizza,” Pide is a boat-shaped flatbread served with a variety of toppings, often minced meat or spinach and cheese.
Dolma is often used to refer to stuffed vine leaves, but encompasses any stuffed vegetable. Vine leaves are popular in Turkey, but so are stuffed peppers, courgettes, and aubergine.
13. Şiş Kebap
Turkish rice is simply put, delicious. Buttery and toasted, it can be the tastiest thing on your plate, and that’s not a bad thing. Don’t miss out on smothering your rice in yogurt – it’s actually amazing.
15. Kayısı Tatlısı
Tasty morsels of apricot stuffed with cream and nuts is a signature Turkish dessert that will blow your mind.
16. Baklalı Enginar
Peeled artichokes dressed in oil and lemon juice and served cold with beans and fresh parsley, this dish is fresh, light, and a perfect summer meal.
17. Su Böreği
18. Mozaik Pasta
19. Mercimek Köftesi
These vegetarian meat balls made from lentils, bulgur, and chopped vegetables are a common Turkish appetiser.
21. İmam Bayıldı
This stuffed aubergine entree is delicious, hearty, and versatile. Aubergines can be filled with rice, bulgur, mince, and/or other veg and smothered in oil and butter before being baked or cooked on the stovetop.
22. İskender Kebab
25. Balık Ekmek