Saturday, December 26, 2009
Catching Up on Turkish Food at IST
With such little time on the ground here in Turkey, I really didn't get a chance to do the food proper justice. But at least I could still pick up a few things while I was at Istanbul airport this morning, like this döner kebap, which I made sure to get in a pide bread sandwich form rather than on a plate. This really wasn't much more than just meat with a little bit of garnish on dry bread though; in that sense, I still prefer the German version with all of its chopped veggies and sauces.
A number of airport shops were also selling baklava from Karaköy Güllüoğlu. I gave this kadayif stuff a try this time. It was similar to baklava in that it used syrup and things like pistachio nuts, although it was based on shredded wheat-like strands rather than filo pastry. Fortunately this wasn't too sweet either.
The last item here wasn't even a proper dish - it was just a collection of a few things that I picked up at the lounge, but all of which surprised me by how much I liked them. The red stuff on the left was couscous-like, but was a bit sour. Similarly, that shredded pink cabbage stuff was also a little sour. The cucumbers and tomatoes were plain - but lemon juice and olive oil were provided as condiments, so of course I made them a bit sour too. I don't know the names of this stuff - nor if I ate these the right way, but they were refreshing.
Digested at 11:55 AM
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