Hatay... We start to feel hungry even with the mention of the city’s name. Because Hatay is the richest city in our country in terms of regional flavors. Hatay cuisine is so special that it attracts attention not only in our country but also from many parts of the world. For this reason, we brought together some examples of the legendary flavors of this beautiful city, which was named Antioch in the Roman times and was included to our borders in 1938. Here are 10 dishes which will work your appetite as you read!
1. Spinach borani
You have never seen spinach like this... This wonderful flavor is made with spinach roots, leaves and rice. Especially if you spinach, the spinach borani is a kind of a dish that will amaze you.
2. Şişperek soup
This wonderful soup made with yogurt, rice, onion, minced meat and thin pieces of dough, and is a feast for your stomach. Especially if it’s winter time, you do not need anything more than this soup to warm you up.
This wonderful cookie, which is an indispensable part of the holidays is prepared with special spices and can be made plain, as well as with walnuts, date palms or olives. And that aroma whilst baking!
4. Biberli ekmek “Flat bread with red pepper paste”
Flat bread with red pepper paste prepared with pepper paste, vinegar, thyme and various spices on a soft dough will put a smile on your face. This wonderful flavor goes with every meal and is definitely held high in Hatay cuisine.
This delicious meatball, made with fine bulgur and minced meat with sauce, is one of the unique flavors of Hatay cuisine. If you like stuffed meatballs (içli köfte), oruk will be perfect for your palate!
6. Zahter salad
If you have never tasted a zahter salad before, please do not claim to have had salad. You should immediately taste this salad prepared with thyme, pomegranate syrup and olive oil and dip your bread into it.
7. Kâğıt kebabı “Paper kebab”
Meat in its finest form...Paper kebab! Kebabs from all regions are delicious but Hatay’s is quite different. You have to absolutely try the paper kebab prepared with tomato sauce, various spices, tomato, pepper, onion and fresh meat.
Hummus is a kind of appetizer which is often made in many regions apart from Hatay. However, if you like it you must also try it in Hatay.
9. Fellah köftesi “Fellah meatball”
Fellah meatballs prepared without meat and with plenty of parsley is indispensable for Hatay and Malatya cuisines. If you have not tried it before, this wonderful flavor will change your opinion about meatballs.
Of course, we saved the star of Hatay cuisine to the last. Kunafah is among the first things that come to mind when thought of Hatay. And this reputation is not in vain. If you ever end up in Hatay, you must try Kunafah, the most beautiful form of sweet,.
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