manti

What is? Mantı

In the old days of Anatolia, women would come together to roll out thin dough, cut it into small pieces, and stuff each piece with...

Terkib-i Ceşidiye

What Is? Terkib-i Ceşidiye

The sweet-and-sour flavor of this dish, popular in the 15th century, comes from apricots, prunes, apples, and almonds. Its most important ingredient, however, was musk,...

taze fasulye

What Is? Taze Fasulye

Fresh green beans are a specialty in Turkish cuisine, and are most often served as a meze in Istanbul, though in the Aegean region it can serve...

durum

What Is? Dürüm

Dürüm is one of the most common food groups in Istanbul culture, and there are as many kinds of dürüm as there are dürümcu, Turkish for...

kunefe at lezzet-i sark

What is? Künefe

Turkey is famous for its desserts, and many of them remain mostly unknown to the outside world. Kunefe is a prime example of one delicious...

rice cart in Istanbul

What is? Pilav (Pilaf)

Pilav comes in just about every shape and size in Istanbul. From the highest class restaurants, to the lonely street carts, this staple dish reinvents...

coban salata

What Is? Çoban Salata

One of the most common salads served in the restaurants of Istanbul, the Çoban is a fresh and delicious free form veggie mash-up of whatever happens...