Top 27 Turkish Food And Drinks You Don’t Want To Miss

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Top Turkish Food And Drink You Don’t Want To Miss

An excellent mixture of cooking styles coexists within Turkish food. Due to its geographical location nestled between Asia and Europe, Turkish food is a unique and exotic fusion with influences from many countries.

Since the days of the Ottoman empire, Turkey has been at the center of trade, especially in spices, and the Ottoman chefs borrowed, adapted and perfected dishes from many other kitchens. The results of this distillation spread far beyond its borders with Turkish-style pastries (the ever-popular baklava) using filo and nuts has been eaten in many neighboring countries. The Turkish use of spices in many dishes and traditional method of grilling food, particularly meat, over charcoal has also spread to neighboring nations and beyond.

Some of the best Turkish food are listed below

1. Şiş Kebap

Turkish food - Shish-Kebab
Shish Kebab

If you are familiar with the classic Shish kebab, believe me, You will have a different experience with the Turkish şiş’ (SHEESH’) kabab.
Meat on a stick originated in Turkey, Did not you know? In Turkish cuisine, Şiş Kebap is Chunks of marinated with fish, lamb or chicken meat are placed on a wooden or metal skewer, usually without vegetables, and turned over a coal fire until they are done to perfection. It is always tender, savory, and delicious, and often served with bread.

2. köfte

Turkey dish köfte

One of the real favorites in traditional Turkish food is köfte. They are one of the Turkish staples, köfte is a meatball made of ground beef or lamb, seasoned with onion, herbs, and spices and can be served stewed, in sandwiches, over salads, or plain with yogurt.

3. Menemen


This traditional specialty Turkish breakfast is called Menemen, which prepared with eggs cooked in vegetables, green peppers, onion and olive oil, served hot with bread. Dip it, spread it, or spoon it up.

4. Pilav

Turkish Pilav

Pilav is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. Its simply put, delicious. Buttery and toasted, In some cases, the rice may attain its golden color by first being sauteed lightly in corn oil before the addition of broth, Don’t miss out on smothering your rice in yogurt – it is amazing. Rice in is one of the main dishes on the dining table in the Turkish cuisine at lunch or dinner.

5. Manti


One of the most known foods in Turkey is Manti. It might remind you of Ravioli at first sight, But when you start to taste it, you figure that the traditional Turkish dish is completely unique in taste and texture, Small beef or lamb rissole are boiled or fried and served with yogurt or butter, and often accompanied by a range of different spices. There is a vast array of the Turkish Manti to choose from, and all are delicious.

6. Turkish Dolma

Turkish food- Dolma

Dolma is a Turkish stuffed grape leaves. It’s one of the most popular dishes of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions including the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. Turkish Dolma translates to any vegetable stuffed with a rice-based mixture (added a little bit of ground meat), and Lots of spices are used for the stuffing, For me, the most important one is the lemon salt. It gives a nice aromatic taste, which can’t be replaced by the combination of lemon juice and table salt.

7. Mercimek Çorbası

Turkish recipes-Mercimek Çorbası
Turkish food – Mercimek Çorbası

Mercimek Çorbası (lentil soup) With cumin mixture and little spices, It is lovely as a winter warm, filling and comforting, well-loved Turkish dish, everywhere in Turkey people often have soup for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner!

8. İmam Bayıldı

Turkey dish-İmam Bayıldı
İmam Bayıldı

This stuffed eggplant is one of the most celebrated Turkish food, and It is so delicious, hearty, and versatile. Eggplant can be filled with rice, mince, bulgur, and/or other vegetables and smothered in oil and butter before being cooked on the stovetop.

9. İskender KebabI

Turkey dish- Iskender-kebap

We came now to one of my favorite Turkish food. Personally, I love İskender Kebab so much. İskender Kebab is a popular order at any kebab house, Iskander kebab is long strips of lamb cooked in special tomato sauce and served with rice and pita bread with yogurt.

10. Künefe

Turkish restaurant - Künefe

It originally comes from Arab, But Turks do it differently, Turkish Künefe is considered to be one of the mouthwatering Turkish desserts, made from cheese baked with shredded pastry dough and topped with pistachio, It is is a common treatment for nights out because it is difficult to make at home.

11. Döner kebab

Turkish cuisine - Doner
Döner kabap

Döner kebab is a type of Turkish kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Served with vegetables, spices, and garlic yogurt Iran. Döner is usually available from takeaways, Similar dishes cooked same way on a vertical rotisserie are the Greek gyros, Arab shawarma, and Mexican al pastor.

12. Simit

Turkish recipes -Simit
Turkish Simit

This is something you will see everywhere walking around Istanbul. Simit is the most popular snacks on the go or light meals, and It is available throughout the day. It is a circular shaped piece of bread topped with sesame seeds, Literally, everywhere you go in Istanbul you will see carts set up for selling simit.

13. Tavuk göğsü


Tavuk göğsü or chicken breast pudding is a Turkish dessert made with chicken meat.This strange blend of boiled chicken, milk, and sugar dusted with cinnamon is surprisingly delicious. It became one of the most famous delicacies served to the Ottoman sultans in the Topkapı Palace. It is today considered a ‘signature’ dish of Turkey.

14. Kuru fasulye

Turkish cuisine-dish-kuru-fasulye
Kuru fasulye

Delicious Turkey dish, Kuru fasulye – a stewed bean dish in Turkish Recipe. It is made primarily with white beans (stew with meat). Olive oil,  onion, and tomato sauce, almost invariably used.
tomato gravy has adherents whose sensitive palates can distinguish which usta (The chef) cooked the dish from among thousands of beaneries in the country.

15. Balık ekmek


Balık ekmek is a Turkish fish sandwich, and It’s a common street food item in Turkish food served along with various vegetables, inside of Turkish pide bread. whether you are enjoying the seaside of Antalya or walking by Istanbul’s Bosphorus, it is common to see floating fish restaurants docked to the shore.Don’t miss the opportunity to be served on one of those!

16. Pide

Turkish Pide

The moment I pulled this Turkish pide and Taste it I knew that they were something special.Turkish pide “Often called Turkish Pizza” is a bread stuffed in the center with beef, cheese, mince or Vegetables. It is traditionally cooked in clay or stone ovens. Pide is usually shaped in an oval “boat” or round shape, and they are served cut up with a wedge of lemon.There are also “Pideci” – Turkish Pide shops – that solely bake and serve these flat bread along with Shepherd’s Salad; such a delicious flavor combinations.

17. Baklalı Enginar

Turkey dish -Baklalı Enginar
Baklalı Enginar

Peeled artichokes dressed with olive oil and lemon juice, The inner pod contains olive oil with fresh broad beans and dills adds a different beauty to the artichoke recipes, They are in great harmony.It served cold with beans and fresh parsley. This dish is light and perfect for a summer meal.
18. Kuzu TandırKuzu Tandir is the most beloved lamb dish in Turkish cuisine., It’s popular traditional dish in the Turkish food, the lamb falls away from the bone and melts in your mouth like cotton candy. Often served with rice or potatoes, and yogurt.

19. Su Böreği

Turkey dish-Su Böreği
Su Böreği

It is most popular and loved pastry in Turkey, This variation of börek is an amazing cross between lasagna and pastry. Su böreği (water börek, boiled Cheese Borek pastry) is widely popular in Turkey and Turkish food. You can find it in all bakery stores in Turkey. It is made from dough softened and cooked in eggs and milk. Stuffed with cheese or spinach, it is a moist and filling snack.

20. Lahmacun


Lahmacun is a simpler version of Pede, just a thin piece of dough covered with minced meat, salad, and herbs. It can be wrapped, folded in half, or pulled apart to eat. So cheap and available on any street corner, it is the perfect light lunch or snack while touring.

21. Güllaç

Turkish desserts-Güllaç

Güllaç (pronounced [Gullash]) is a traditional Turkish dessert consumed mainly during Ramadan (Islamic Hijri month), güllaç is a uniquely textured treat made with dough, rose water, milk, nuts, and pomegranate seeds.You might find other fruit in some variations.

22. Turşu

Turkish recipes-Turşu

Pickles (turşu) are just a fact of life in Turkey. You eat pickles with your food. That is it.

It is very rare you will not see pickles of some variety on the table when you are served a meal.Turks will pickle just about anything. Eggplants, tomatoes, cabbage, and plums. So tasty and it will not be forgettable.

23. Turkish Delight (Lokum)


Lokum, or Turkish Delight, was invented more than 200 years ago by the royal confectioner to the Ottoman Sultan, It is a sweet of starch and sugar gel often containing nuts and fruit flavorings. Served with a variety of flavors and fillings, and mostly in the shape of small cubes, topped with powdered sugar. It is always best when fresh, as pre-packaged versions tend to go too light on the fillings and too heavy on the sugar.

24. Maraş Dondurma

Turkish dessert-Dondurma

Most people who have lived and traveled in Turkey will be more than familiar with the sellers of Maraş Dondurma on the streets of particularly touristy cities. Dondurma is Turkish or Azerbaijani ice cream, Includes the ingredients milk, sugar, and mastic. It is also known as Maraş ice cream.

25. Ayran (Turkish yogurt drink)


If you have ever been in Turkey, you have probably come across Ayran. This much-beloved yogurt drink you will find it every time you are going for a Turkish food, It is popular mostly alongside kebabs.

26. Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee

traditional Turkish coffee is thick, strong, and best served with a fresh piece of Turkish Delight, sherbet, or a slice of cake to take the bitter aftertaste away.

27. Mozaik Pasta

Turkish-desserts-Mozaik Pasta
Mozaik Pasta

Chocolate cake made with chocolate sauce and broken biscuits are artful to look at and delicious to eat. Available in almost any cafe. Nearly every mom makes this amazing dessert for her children.

You should have added cay(tea). After every meal, it is so great. 

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