Our country has a very rich culinary culture thanks to not only its fertile lands and diverse seasons but also the fact that it has been home to many civilizations from past to today. So much so that it is possible to come across different tastes and cuisines in every city and district of our country. Van is among the cities that are known to be popular food tourism destinations for their rich cuisines. In this article, we will be telling you about the most delicious foods you can taste in and around Van. Here are the most famous delicacies of Van!
1. Sour Rhubarb with Fried Meat
Rhubarb is a very commonly used plant in Van’s cuisine. Sour rhubarb with fried meat is prepared by frying this plant with onion. This delicious food is enriched with tomato paste and fried meat. This unique delicacy of Van is generally served with tandoor bread.
Gavut is among Van’s most famous breakfast foods. This food is made by roasting wheat and known to be served to soldiers at war in old times. Today, it is cooked at homes and maintains its popularity on Van’s famous breakfast tables.
3. Liver Meatball
To prepare liver meatball, another fabulous delicacy of Van, the liver is minced and shaped like meatballs. After meatballs are cooked, butter and greens are added on top of it. Although it looks like lentil patties, it has a whole different taste.
Murtuğa is also one of Van’s famous breakfast delicacies. It is prepared by adding scrambled eggs into a mixture of flour and butter. This food has a very different look. Today, murtuğa is like a must in Van breakfasts.
Sengeser, one of the delicious foods you can taste in and around Van, is commonly eaten in Van especially in winter time. The main ingredient of this special food is lentil. It is generally eaten with pickles.
6. Pearl Mullet in Tandoori
It is prepared with pearl mullet from Lake Van. This fish turns into a very delicious dish after being cooked in tandoori. This famous food of Van is very tasty and is among the foods that must be tasted during a trip to Van.
Another one of the foods specific to Van is keledoş. Very hard to cook, it is prepared with ingredients such as fried meat, chickpeas, green lentils, akpancar (a type of wild plant) and kurut (dried yogurt). This delicious food is eaten warm and is among the foods that must be tried in Van.
8. Ayran aşı
Known by many of us, ayran aşı (yogurt and chickpea soup) originally belongs to the cuisine of Van. Therefore, you shouldn’t fail to try it when you are in Van. To prepare ayran aşı soup, sour yogurt or kurut is diluted as thick as ayran and greens are added. It can be served cold or warm.
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