Destination: Turkey: Istanbul
Indagare Insider, Denise Spencer, a part-time Istanbul resident recommends her favorite Turkish dishes.
“My favorite dish is a breakfast or brunch dish called menemen, which is sort of a Turkish version of scrambled eggs but different and far more interesting. The eggs are cooked with a lot of butter, tomatoes, peppers and spices; it’s amazing! One of my favorite cafes, Mangerie, makes it all day so I’ll even order it for a late lunch sometimes.
“Going out to a traditional fish restaurant to have a meal of all of the different types of meze (Turkish tapas) is a must. Servers bring a tray of the various meze available, and you pick out what you like. First the cold dishes followed by the hot, and then if you have any room left, you order the main course of fish that is fresh or in season that day. Traditionally one would drink Rakı with the meal (its like Greek Ouzo but less sweet), but I’ve never acquired a taste for it; I have wine but one should definitely give it a try, since it’s part of the experience.
“Finally for dessert: I’m not a big sweet eater but irmik helvası is really good and something to definitely try. It’s made of semolina (what we eat as cream of wheat here in the States) cooked in butter and spices with pine nuts and then packed over ice cream, sort of how the meringue in a Baked Alaska is. While not as common as other desserts, one can find it on the menu at Bebek Balikçısı and at the kebap houses Köşe Başı and Tike Kebap.”
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