Turkish Food

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…

Kabak Çekirdeği – Nevşehir

Beautifully golden from roasting with milk in a big bad oven, Nevşehir pumpkin seeds are great source of nibble, at least for me. They are crunchy, lightly salted and delicious, it is real deal Nevşehir pumpkin seed, you even get the milk taste in your mouth, a slight taste. Travelling…

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…

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…

Tarihi Subaşı Lokantası – Istanbul

All the walls are covered with black and white photographs, news from  international and local press, trophies, all memories with smiling faces… This place is the city’s history, its taste, its smell and its texture. The dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients. The lamb stew is like any other…

Asri Turşucu – Istanbul

Sour, salty, if you want spicy! All indispensable for me! I am talking about pickles here. Crunchy cucumbers, garlic, peppers, cabbage, okra, plum, tomato, stuffed aubergines, carrot, beet, gherkin, onion,green beans, you name it, they have it. The  shop’s display is full of colorful jars which has a rainbow effect…