The Delightful Street Food of Istanbul
TIM LEFFEL / Sports Features Communications
Try a Doner Kabob, one of the best known Turkish snacks
March 10 - Turkish food is one of the most complex and interesting cuisines of the world. The city of Istanbul was first Byzantium and then Constantinople, always being a bridge between Europe and Asia. Influenced by both visiting merchants and lands the Ottomans conquered, Turkish food has a little of this, a little of that, but retains its status of standing apart from the crowd.
Meals at a proper restaurant in Istanbul are often a lengthy affair meant to be savored, but grabbing a quick bite on the street is also a fun aspect of travel in Istanbul. You can go for inexpensive and filling snacks or something more involved depending on the neighborhood and your mood. Here are a few Istanbul street food items you're likely to find as you tour this city filled with history and energy.
Should the city win the IOC nod for the 2020 Summer Games Olympic fans will be exploring all the different types of cuisine the city has to offer.
Döner kebab Turkey's best-known item has made its way around the world over the centuries and become a part of the street scene intact or combined with other traditions (like tacos al pastor in Mexico City). Usually youll get lamb roasted on a vertical spit, cut off in thin slices and stuffed into a fresh sub roll or pita bread. Sometimes youll see chicken or beef instead, especially in tourist areas.
Lahmacun Usually referred to as a Turkish-style pizza, it tastes a lot different than any pizza you've had. It usually has a lot of minced lamb and a little minced cheese sprinkled on top a baked bread layer thin enough to roll up and eat on the go after squeezing some lemon juice on top. If you see "pide," thats the same bread, sometimes a bit puffier, topped with other items.
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