What Is? Testi Kebap (Pottery Kebab)

testi kebap
Testi Kebap is a meat and vegetable dish slow cooked in a sealed clay pot. 

The clay pot is brought from the oven to the table side, and with a flourish, the waiter breaks open the clay pot for all the tourists to enjoy. A bit of theater never hurt anyone, except when it means having bits of broken clay pot in your food.  ingredients in the pot may include but are not limited to: lamb, beef, chicken, carrots, celery root, onions, garlic, and potatoes.

There are several touristy places serving testi kebap in the Sirkeci area, I have not tried any of them so cannot make a recommendation except that this food is not traditional to Istanbul, and should not be taken as an authentic culinary experience.

 

 
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