Turkish Food 1: Istanbul

Wondering what Turkish food is like? My experience of it has on the whole been pretty good. Of course, like any other country there are tourist trap restaurants serving overpriced tasteless food near popular sites. And sometimes, if you’re short of time you have to eat at one of these – our worst experience so far being ordering a “jumbo prawn stew”, expecting a stew made out of jumbo prawns. It turned out to be a little bit more literal than this – it arrived as one rather small single prawn that had been stewed! Hardly the “plenty adequate for one person” the waiter had promised. However, despite a couple of experiences like this, I’ve mostly loved Turkish food, and below are some examples of my favourites. (more…)