Whether for a quick snack or an entire meal, stopping by a lahmacun restaurant in Istanbul is often one of the most rewarding experiences my job has to offer. The perfect balance of thin crispy dough, with salty savory meat and tomato sauce on top. Cooked in a stone oven (like the one on the right), these tiny pizzas are usually on your table in less then 5 minutes. The typical way to go about eating your lahmacun is to spread some lettuce, onions, parsley, tomato, or whatever else your particular lahmacun man supplies, on top. Squeeze some lemon juice on to of that, and then shake out some red pepper flakes, and roll the whole thing up into a wrap. Eat. Order another one. Also try asking for a kaşarli lahmacun, the normal variety just with some melted cheese on top. All varieties go spectacular with the salty yogurt drink called ayran which is available everywhere.
Lahmacun, often referred to as Turkish pizza, is a thin dough baked with a topping of meat, tomato, and herbs.