"The Turkish diet." Turkey Restaurant Tip by EricLe_Rouge

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The beauty of Turkish cooking is in its affordability, use of fresh ingredients, and ease of basic cooking techniques. Yogurt is a common side condiment.
Turkish cuisine also has many specialties and variations: there are at least forty ways to prepare eggplant alone.
A typical Turkish breakfast is fresh tomatoes, white cheese, black olives, bread with honey and preserves, and sometimes an egg.
Lunch often will include a rice or bulgar pilaf dish, lamb or chicken baked with peppers and eggplant, and fresh fish grilled with lemon. For lunch or dinner, soups are central in Turkish cuisine.
Dinners will most commonly start with mezeler, (singular, mezze) or appetizers. Mezeler are Turkish specialties, showing off the originality and skill of a restaurant. Roasted pureed eggplant, fine chopped salads, miniature filled pasta called "manti," pepper and turnip pickles, mackerel stuffed with pilaf, sardines rolled in grape leaves, and "kofte", spiced lamb meatballs, all tantalize the diner.
One unique specialty of Turkish cuisine is the "zeytinagli" or olive oil course. Foods such as peppers or tomatoes are prepared with olive oil.
Dessert is commonly melon and fresh fruit. Desserts made with filo dough, puddings of rose water and saffron, are favored. All sweets are usually served with Turkish coffee.
During the day the popular drink is tea, served in crystal tulip shaped glasses. Two popular winter drinks are: cinnamon flavored sahlep, a drink made from powdered iris root, and boza, a fermented barley drink. Raki, an anise liqueur is the national drink of Turkey. Sour cherry juice, turnip juice, rose tea and "elma chai", apple peel tea are all popular.
In restaurants, the waiter will help the traveller select a meal, with breads and olives always available. Regional specialties abound, ask for them. In southern Turkey, Adana is famous for "Adana kebab" a spiced minced meat. Istanbul is known for "midye" or pilaf stuffed mussel meze. The Aegean region near Izmir, is known for its figs, fish, and peaches.

Price Comparison: about average
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2003
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