Regional Turkish Food

Tevfik Usta – Antalya

Inside the small shop there are couple of tables in the mini börek store, all covered with muşamba, the thick faded oilcloth with big sugar containers, a tradesman type. You share your table, your sugar. And outside couple more tables people waiting for their börek or eating, enjoying their tea….

Leban – Antakya

Leban is the place to eat and drink in Antakya. Being the first and the best humus maker of Antakya, Semir Yoğurtçu and his family, a neighbourhood headman, opened this big restaurant, actually a very old Antioch house just across his very old but true gem mini humus and bakla…

Şalgam Suyu

Many  drink sodas to beat down the thirst. I prefer something salty rather than sweet. Usually I end up drinking a glass of herb ayran or şalgam suyu. Şalgam suyu is a local drink around Çukurova meaning, Adana, Mersin and even Hatay. Locals prepare şalgam suyu either for their consumption…

Çınaraltı – Antakya

Künefe is made with kadayıf, butter, special unsalted cheese and syrup made from water and sugar. It is a very simple dessert, yet it is hard to maintain this simplicity. Yusuf Usta started his small künefe shop, because he wanted to eat a decent künefe in the land of künefe!…

Sultan Sofrası – Antakya

If you want to eat local food of Antakya, cooked delicately,deliciously and properly, a must stop is Sultan Sofrası. Metin Tansal is a very demanding boss checking if everything is in order, you may see him in the kitchen or anywhere showing working like his staff. Osman Bey is working…

Food Photo – Katıklı

In Antakya katıklı or katıklı ekmek is an open face bread, aka pide, spread with the home made mixture of cheese, spices, pepper paste, olive oil, zahter. Every home has a different spread, some with more cheese, some with more pepper paste, but most basically the ingredients are the same,…

Food Photo – Işkın

You know this as rhubarb, ışkın or uşkın. Nowadays is in season and I found it on my trips to Erzurum, Van, Bitlis being sold as a street food-snack. This is from Van. Tastes like grass, green plum and spring flowers altogether. It is one my favorite snack and my…

Kristal Döner ve Yemek Salonu – Kars

If you go to Kars, there is unfortunately one place left making piti. Piti is a dish made from a chunk piece of lamb,chickpeas, saffron, a piece of tail fat, and a lot of beef stock. This simple but tasty dish, has  a way of eating it. Piti is served…

Çayırcı – Antakya

Antakya is a heaven of tastes and if you are a local and have a food hunch like me, it even tastes better! Çayırcı Bakla and hummus is one of the many to taste. You have to go there in the morning and forget about the lunch you are planning,…