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10 Favorite Turkish Foods for Foreign Students

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Turkish cuisine continues to spread and gain fame in the world. It manages to impress foreigners with its flavour and rich combination. Turkish cuisine, which has been influenced by a number of cultures such as Greek, Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines in its history, has a unique traditional flavour. Turkish foods create a rich and varied cuisine from region to region. So, what are the best Turkish dishes for foreign students?

We have made a delicious menu for you. Be careful!  You can get hungry while reading this article…😊

 

 

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Lahmacun

İskender Kebap

Menemen

Çiğ Köfte

Yaprak Sarma

Mantı

Baklava

Döner

İmam Bayıldı

Kuzu Tandır

 

Lahmacun

Lahmacun which a flat, crispy and thin pastry is a popular street food all over the country. The composition of minced meat, onions, garlic, tomatoes, parsley and Mediterranean spices is laid on thin dough and cooked in a stone oven. It is then served with a traditional salad and lemon. This food is remarkable for its similarity to pizza in western cuisine.

 

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İskender Kebap

There are more than 40 varieties of kebabs in Turkey. However, we will talk to you about the more preferred İskender kebab. It was named after Master Alexander (Iskender Efendi), who lived in Bursa during the Ottoman Empire. It is prepared with thinly minced meat and yoghurt on top of the flat bread. It has an intense taste with delicious tomato sauce and melted butter on it. This great flavour is served with rice and roasted peppers.

 

 

Menemen

Menemen is not a very common meal in the restaurant menus. It can be basically a quick and quick breakfast item with onions, peppers, paprika, thyme and scrambled eggs cooked in vegetables. Peppers, onions and tomatoes are fried in a pan and then eggs are sautéed with the mixture. It is served with fresh bread and some olives. It is a taste preferred by foreigners in Turkish cuisine.

 

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Çiğköfte

Çiğköfte is a kind of street food that you can see on the streets very often in Turkey. Çiğköfte is served with fresh green vegetables as an appetizer in the restaurants. It is traditional snacks originating from the south east of Turkey. Çiğköfte is a meatball made with bulgur, onion, pepper and tomato pastes, spices and herbs. It is also made with or without meat.

 

 

Yaprak Sarma

It is prepared by wrapping vine leaves around the filling prepared with various spices, rice and onions. It is cooked with steam in the saucepan. Yaprak sarma can be eaten with yogurt and lemon. It is a traditional Turkish meal that foreigners frequently prefer. Ottoman Empire has an influence on this flavour. This food is famous from Middle East to South Eastern Europe. The preparation of this meal is a time-consuming, but quite tasty.

 

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Mantı

You should imagine miniature doughs with meat. Dough balls prepared with various spices and ground beef are boiled. Mantı is a Turkish food very similar to Italian flavours. In addition, the flavour buds prepared with garlic yoghurt and tomato sauce will melt in your mouth. It is one of the indispensable dishes of Turkish cuisine. You can easily find the meat pasty in every region of the country.

 

Baklava

Baklava is one of the most popular Turkish desserts. The influence of the Ottoman Empire is clearly visible. It is layers of filo pastries, prepared filling with nuts and then covered with a hot syrup. Baklava is served with ground pistachios and can be used ice cream. It is the most preferred dessert item of foreigners in Turkish cuisine.

 

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Döner

You should discover the wrap prepared with slow cooked chicken, lamb or beef. It can also be prepared with pitta bread and added more flavour with fresh green vegetables. You can eat salad or yogurt with garlic and make it more delicious with traditional Turkish sauces. The meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and is full of flavours. The sliced shavings and fresh vegetables are created within lavash to achieve this traditional flavour.

 

 

İmam Bayıldı

Eggplant is stuffed with tomato, onion and garlic mixture. This Turkish delicacy is baked in the oven and served with Pilaf. In addition, the cost of ingredients entering this food is very low. There is also a funny anecdote related to the Imam fainted about this dish. It is a meal famous for its jokes in Turkish cuisine.

 

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Kuzu Tandır

This is a different dish than the others. The reason is that it is preferred by foreign people who know and love Turkish food. The flavour of a well-cooked lamb will provide the best dining experience you can have here. This dish has been famous since ancient times and is still equally tempting. Apart from Turkish cuisine, this flavour can be found in India, Pakistan, the Caucasus, Greece and Afghanistan.

 

 

Hilal Suna

Project Management School Editor

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