Mouthwatering Street Food in Istanbul You Must Try

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With the Bosphorous comprising the geographic border between Europe and the Middle East, the cultural traditions of the West have met those of the East over the eons, creating a cuisine in the Turkish megalopolis of Istanbul that has become world famous among foodies.  The variety of dishes has something for everyone including wonder meats, vegetarian dishes  and plentiful seafood from the stretching coastal regions of of Turkey.

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Turkish Coastal Views in Kemer – Image Credit

We’ve an image below from the client. It is a bit out of place if the whole article is FOOD FOOD FOOD focused. If you could expand your first paragraph just a little and talk more about coastal influences (the image below is the coast so would perfectly fit this) and other geographical influences to Turkish cuisine. Maybe they were invaded by X people at Y time and this influenced the cuisine? Bit of history would be good.

With simplicity being a trademark of meal preparation in Turkey, many worthwhile dishes can be sampled on the streets at a fraction of the price one would pay in a sit-down restaurant. All one has to do to have a heavenly street food experience in Istanbul is to follow the locals to the most popular stands throughout the city.

Which specific dishes are worth your time?  While we encourage you to experiment with anything that strikes your fancy, the following dishes represent the heart of street food in Istanbul, so if you’re looking for a gastronomic education in what a typical citizen of this international city eats, you can’t go wrong with the following foods…

1) Kebap

Let’s start with a dish that you might know already – while it almost seems to be like a cliché to have this, Kebap is such a national favorite that this list would be incomplete without mentioning it. The locals know how to spice this grilled beef, mutton or chicken patty so that you’ll crawling back to stands that sell them throughout your time in Istanbul.

2)  Simit

Do you have a love affair with bread and pastries? Keep an eye out for a stand hawking Simit. Known colloquially as a Turkish bagel, this irresistibly tasty bread is dipped in molasses and coated with sesame seeds, and is typically stacked high on many pushcarts that make the rounds throughout Istanbul’s neighborhoods during the morning hours.

3) Nohut Dürüm

If your tastes around breakfast time verge towards the savory rather than the sweet, finding a street food cart in Istanbul that serves Nohut Dürüm will satisfy your taste buds. Consisting of pide bread filled with chickpeas that have been stewed overnight, the flavors from this cooking technique will not disappoint.

4) Lahmacun

Described by travelers as a “Turkish pizza” of sorts, Lahmacun will make for a handsome lunch for those intrepid enough to seek it out.  A thin piece of pide bread is coated on its surface with ground meat, onions, tomatoes and various other spices, guaranteeing a lively and filling meal from the first bite to the reluctant last.

5)  Balık-ekmek

Those that would prefer a sandwich and/or want to sample the bounty of the sea done Turkish style will do well by ordering Bahk-ekmek. Fresh fish brought in from the Black Sea and/or the Sea of Marmara will be grilled before your eyes, and then stuffed inside a generous hunk of bread, making for a meal you won’t soon forget!

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