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Künefe is composed of two layers of crunch kadayıf with a thick layer of melted cheese in between and soaked with sugar syrup.

İskender Kebab

The dish consists of döner kebab prepared from thinly cut grilled lamb topped with hot tomato sauce over pieces of pita bread and generously slathered with melted sheep butter and yogurt. Tomato sauce and melted butter are generally poured over the dish.

Turkish Coffee

It is dark, strong and ordered according to how much sugar want in it: little, medium and a lot. Coffee is often served with something small and sweet to eat, such as Turkish delight.

Döner Kebab

Döner Kebab made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. the sliced meat of a doner kebab may be served on a plate with various accompaniments, stuffed into a pita or other type of bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin flatbread such as lavash.

Fırın Sütlaç

Firin Sutlac is one of Turkeys most popular desserts, always served in restaurants. It is prepared with milk, rice ,sugar, vanilla and rice flour.

Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)

Lahmacun is a popular dish in Turkey. Lahmacun is a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley then baked. Unlike pizza, lahmacun traditionally does not contain cheese.

Mantı (Turkish Ravioli)

Mantı is one of the traditional Turkish dishes. A classic pasta dough is filled with a mince of either lamb or beef. It is served topped with yoghurt and garlic and spiced with red pepper powder and melted butter.

Midye Dolma

Midye Dolma (Stuffed mussels) may be filled with rice, onion, black pepper and pimento spice.


Rakı is alcoholic drink that is popular in Turkey. Rakı is consumed addition of water. It is often served with seafood or meze.

İçli Köfte

İçli Köfte is a traditional Turkish snack. İçli Köfte consist of a bulgur dough that is wrapped around a ground meat, onion, parsley, and spices filling.

Adana Şiş Kebab

It takes its name from the city of Adana in the southeast of the country. The main ingredients are lamb and tail oil. Kebab is served with roasted tomatoes, green or red pepper, sumac, parsley and bulgur pilaf.

Simit and Tea

Simit is an important symbol for Turkey. Drinking tea with simit is traditional.


Kokoreç is one of the most consumed fast foods in Turkey. It is made of lamb intestines.


Boza is a fermented drink. It is made from rice, bulgur, sugar, yeast and water. Especially it is sold in winter and served with roasted chickpeas.

Türk Mezeleri

Appetizers are very important in Turkish Cuisine. You can see hundreds of kinds of appetizers in Turkey. Sarma, haydari, humus, köpoğlu, kısır, şakşuka, piyaz, börülce, fava, muhammara and çerkes tavuğu are ones the most popular. Especially these are preferred with rakı.

Fıstıklı Baklava

In Turkey, Baklava is traditionally made by filling between the layers of dough with pistachios. It is brushed with butter and sugar syrup. A good baklava must be made of real butter and real sugar.

Kuru Fasülye

By Emirhan Yaşar | 09.06.2019
Kuru fasülye is a stewed bean dish in Turkish cuisine. It is made with white beans, olive oil, onion and tomato paste. Meat especially pastirma may also be added. Kuru fasülye is often consumed with rice and pickle.