Turkey, 3 weeks-3 kitchens
Turkey 3 weeks 3 kitchen
Challenge yourself, Turkey a bigger food culture than you can imagine.
|elaborate doors and entrances pave the way for new experiences|
Just back from a couple of visits to Turkey, lucky enough to be working in three different kitchens in three different Hotels I was primarily in the costal tourist areas which may not offer the perfect exposure to the Turkish food culture.
I feel its important if you are visiting an area or a tourist to gather new experiences where ever you go. For the food interested Turkey offers a huge cultural experience, its just open the doors or jump in the at the deep end.
Available in spring in the markets and sometimes served on on hotel breakfasts buffets, just bite in and eat the whole thing, immensely popular asa a snack with the locals and a new experience for the uninitiated.
|Buffet presentation, cold starters|
There are a lot of experienced chefs in Turkey and a lot of chefs in many of the larger tourist hotels. this experience is very visual on the buffets.
Raw köfte, Hand squeezed bulgur köfte they can often be a little spicy, the squeezed hand shape is important, there ofter served as a welcome at the entrance to a restaurant or buffet.
|kebabs on the grill|
On the grill grab em while they're hot, kebabs are one of the staples of the Turkish kitchen, lamb chicken and beef, not a pig in sight.
Marinated and grilled over the embers
One thing to remember, traditionally there are s no sauce served with Turkish meat dishes, so if you don't get any European style sauce with your meat, don't complain.
Mezze Mezze everywhere, great dips, snacks and starters, try em all. for those inclined the Turkish kitchen is full of vegan and vegetarian Mezze as well so theres always something for everybody.
Hünkar beğendi- "Sultans delight" or "sultan liked it" as its known a simple dish of stewed lamb served on a bed or creamed roasted aubergines, this must be one of my all time favourites from this area, tasty and simple
The precision handiwork and skills is more than evident in the desserts, both turkish and international desserts get their attention. International experience is the name of the game here in the Turkish kitchen its just as relevant as in other kitchens around the world.
Eat them warm & place them upside down on your tongue, a great way to finish your Turkish experience.