Regional Turkish Food

Tables on the streets of Şanlıurfa

Şanlıurfa is a city that never sleeps, not for the partying though, for eating!  The liver stalls goes on 24-7. The famous ciğerciler -the liver grillers- yelling out or sitting in front of the mangal -the mini bbq-, chatting with their customers, scattered around the city, on the pavements. Şanlıurfa pepper…

Milas Pazarı – Muğla

It was an early morning we hit the road from Yalıkavak, for Milas, for the local open market, the famous Milas pazarı. It was a bright sunny day, despite the February weather we have been witnessing at the end of April, in Bodrum. All my persuasions had come to an…

Tarhana Çorbası

It has been a very long time for me since my grandmother has left me, endless… She was the one who thought me a lot of things about food like the first time I put my hands on a big tripe to wash it on a big kitchen sink under the…

Lahmacun – Oğuzeli, Gaziantep

A sweet autumn noon, I took a bus to Oğuzeli to capture the the preparations for winter, wondering what is left out. After a bus drive for 40 minutes, I arrived the tiny town, without knowing it was such a small town… A little roundabout, baker, butcher, little grocery shop…

Ürgüp Pazarı – Nevşehir

The coal smelling little village Ürgüp… The narrow small streets, old people, like  a dead city actually, you see nobody, almost, till we get to pazar, the open air market. It was the late autumn and early winter, the stalls are full of homemade cheese, sun dried fruits, freshly picked…

Katmer – Gaziantep

The thin flaky piece, so simple it is a true sin. I present you katmer. A mini tiny ball of dough, pulled and pulled by hand, thrown on the air like a pizza disk,  when it reaches its paper thin form, it is sprinkled with pinches of süt kaymağı or kaymak…

Ciğerci Ali Haydar – Gaziantep

5.00am, first buzz, snooze. 5.15am again then jumped out of bed around 5.30am remembering why!  I was on my way to Ali Haydar for morning liver kebab! How could I forget! I took a taxi and at 6.00am and one minute later I was in front of the small, smoky,…

Metanet Lokantası – Gaziantep

When I open my fridge for breakfast, I found myself in the typical stuff, shining at me, cheese of all kinds, olives, sucuk, you name it… But all I wanted to have was beyran like I was in Gaziantep. Beyran to sooth me down, to heal me, to make me…

Food Photo – Fıstık

Pistachio, fıstık, is a true delicacy and one main ingredient for baklava, in Gaziantep. The pink smooth skin covers the shelled pistachio inside which still has a softer skin then the usual roasted one. The ones which have already cracked, growing their way outside he skin, pressuring it to open…