paynir tatlisi

What Is? Peynir Tatlısı

Not common, this treat is generally reserved for special occasions like weddings or birthdays, but can be found on the menu at many restaurants in...

lokum

What Is? Lokum (Turkish Delight)

Often in the shape of small cubes, Turkish delight, or Lokum, was invented more than 200 years ago by the royal confectioner to the Ottoman...

Seferceliye

What Is? Seferceliye

Seferjel is the Arabic word for quince, so this dish is ‘meat with quince.’ Culinary history books mention this dish as early as the 15th...

lokma

What Is? Lokma

It is thought that this delicious crunchy sweet snack originated in Izmir, on the Agean coast of Turkey. Not unlike a doughnut, dough is deep fried...

biber dolmasi

What is? Biber Dolmasi (stuffed peppers)

Stuffed peppers are prevalent throughout the Mediterranean region with a few variances in ingredients and preparation methods. Along the Aegean coast, biber dolmasi are almost always vegetarian, where as finding a meatless...

kokorec

What is? Kokoreç

Kokoreç is most probably an invention of the nomadic sheep herders of the Central Asian Plateu, and brought by these travelers to Anatolia where it became a...

levrek

What Is? Levrek

One of the most popular fish in Istanbul, these delicious flaky white fish come straight out of the Mediterranean and onto the table, so they are generally one of...

icli kofte

What Is? İçli Köfte

  In İçli köfte the exterior crust acts as a  vessel within which minced meat, onions, and spices cook. It is a special dish because...