Boasting a unique and special cuisine as well as its natural and historical beauties and fertile lands, our country promises unique tastes in each of its regions. That’s how you get to experience difference tastes while touring across the country. Street food has naturally a privileged position among such tastes! Unforgettable flavors are awaiting on the streets not only in İstanbul but wherever you go! This article covers special street food from 7 different regions of Turkey. Here are some of the tastes you must definitely try!
You can buy şırdan, which is especially popular in Adana, from the booths on Adana streets both in winter and summer. So much so that you can have the best of this delicious food on these booths rather than restaurants. Served best rested along with pickled hot peppers, this food must be tasted by those that love offal! It must be noted that you can come across şırdan as a street food in Southeastern cities even though it originally comes from Adana.
2. Stuffed mussels
As one of the essential snacks of İstanbul streets, stuffed mussels are commonly preferred due to its low cost and ubiquitousness. Prepared by stuffing the muscles with rice and spices, you might often see this delicious food on Aegean coasts as well as İstanbul. You are recommended to consume this unique taste by counting and carefully since you will forget how many you have eaten :)
Unknown to many, tırmis is essentially wet nuts mostly sold on Antalya streets. This delicious street food is somewhat similar to iced almonds. A kind of foreign broad bean, tırmis is known to be a rich source of protein and good for intestines. It is possible to find tırmis on the streets of Konya and Isparta as well as Antalya.
Since İzmir is the first place that comes to mind when it comes to boyoz, we can say that this delicious street food is from the Aegean region. Having a structure similar to puff dough, boyoz has different varieties, such as plain or stuffed with spinach and cheese. It is generally consumed with boiled eggs.
5. Rice with chick-peas
Another common street food in İstanbul is rice with chick-peas. Sold in food carts, rice with chick-peas can be found at some random corner when you are hungry to fill you up. We strongly recommend you to wash down rice with chick-peas, one of the most popular tastes in İstanbul, with ayran!
6. Şalgam (Turnip juice)
Here is another street taste that you might find both in Eastern and Southeastern regions, but most particularly in Adana! Şalgam is almost a substitute for water in Adana. The best şalgam is produced in Adana as well as Mersin and Tarsus. It is beyond doubt that you will question the şalgam you drink in İstanbul or somewhere else after having a genuine turnip juice on Adana streets.
Even though there are plenty of restaurants now serving different kinds of lokma, you can find lokma as a street food mostly in İzmir and its surroundings. Fried in huge cookers at the alleys, lokma is consumed quickly by long queues of people. Prepared by frying and soaking leavened dough in a syrup-like juice, this crispy dessert may be in the form of a circle or round with a hole in the center. Despite the numerous lokma vendors in İstanbul, you must try them in İzmir!
It is beyond doubt that simit is one of the most popular street foods in our country. Referred to as gevrek in İzmir, and produced with lots of tahini in Adana and without any sesame in Kastamonu, simit is as much delicious as it is budget-friendly. We recommend you to have this great street food with tea and cream cheese at breakfast, and ayran in the afternoon.
9. Fried fish sandwich
Even though we can see fried fish sandwich, one of the most popular street foods in Turkey, often on İstanbul streets, it actually comes from the Black Sea. Just as in Eminönü, fried fish sandwiches that are literally the Black Sea region’s fast food are tucked away with great pleasure. It is strongly recommended to have it with another street taste; pickle juice!
10. Chick-pea wrap
As a taste peculiar to the city of Antep, chick-pea wrap is another popular street food. Sold in carts, chick-pea wrap is generally consumed at breakfast in Antep, however you can enjoy this delicious wrap whenever you want. If you haven’t tried this spicy and sour food before, you must do so at the first opportunity.
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