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Turkish street food
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1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 12:34 am

One of the things I most enjoyed about Istanbul was the immense variety of fast food and street food. You never need to go to a restaurant in the city - the food will come to you.

In some cases quite literally. If you keep your eyes open in the area around the Grand Bazaar, around lunchtime, you can see waiters dashing across the street, carrying plates loaded with takeaway meals. Almost every courtyard has a little cubbyhole with a cay (tea) maker, and waiters scurry about carrying glasses of tea on little metal trays, or scouting for orders from the market stalls.

“Simit! Simit!” - that cry is almost as typical of Istanbul’s noisescape as the call of the muezzin. A sesame seed covered soft bread ring, simit is the commonest of the snacks sold in the streets of the city. Some simit sellers have a sort of spear with the simit stacked on it. Others carry a pile of simit on a tray on their heads. Some have gone for a modern solution - a little barrow on bicycle wheels.

Borek is another of the fast foods. In cafes, you’ll see huge wheels of cheese borek, but in the street, you’ll find ‘cigara borek’, little sticks of borek. I actually prefer these - they’re crispier and less fatty.

You’ll find roasting chestnuts in some places. One guy does a roaring trade near the bus stands at Eminonu. Elsewhere, you can find corn on the cob slowly roasting. Most vendors stick to a single food - but there is one stall near Ayasofya that does both of these.

A sweet tooth is easily satisfied. Fried dough strips soaked in sweet syrup cost a lira (around a dollar). You’ll soon learn to suck the syrup as you bite, or risk the syrup running down your chin. Or try gozleme, pancakes with sugar (they come in savoury versions too).

Thirsty? Stop at one of the barrows loaded with oranges, pomegranates, and a stainless steel squeezer, and you can get a glass of juice squeezed while you wait.

Doner kebab and fish sandwiches (balik ekmek, or ‘fish bread’) are not street food - they’re a little higher on the evolutionary ladder. But you can order at a window and take them to eat elsewhere. And like the street food they’re cheap; we paid 3 lira on average.



2.       CANLI
5084 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 12:56 am

İ saw some of that in many picures too,but there is always that question in my head,is it safe to eat from people on the streets ?!! :-S

3.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:00 am

Canli, regarding your concern about Turkish street food: rely on your female instinct and common sense.
While in Mexico I would never ever eat their street food. Turks are very, very clean people.

4.       CANLI
5084 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:03 am

Well,actually i'd be eager to try it,it looks WONDERFUL even at photos
So,if you say its ok,then my dear Ros,İT İS OK

5.       libralady
5152 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:18 am

What about the stuffed mussels? They are delicious!

6.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:26 am

Canli, I repeat and urge you: DO USE YOUR COMMON SENSE and don't rely on my words. I would be careful eating sea food from street vendors. Simit is safe and corn on the cob is very safe and chestnuts.

7.       libralady
5152 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:31 am

Quoting Roswitha:

Canli, I repeat and urge you: DO USE YOUR COMMON SENSE and don't rely on my words. I would be careful eating sea food from street vendors. Simit is safe and corn on the cob is very safe and chestnuts.



I have a cast iron constitution and will anything from street vendors (except chestnusts as I have them). I have eaten goodness knows what from Hong Kong street vendors, but I do admit to having had one too many glasses "falling down water", and then wondering the next day..............ergh! You can always keep a packet of imodium just in case! lol

8.       CANLI
5084 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:33 am

how about döner ? do we eat from streets too,or there is well known shops for it ?!
İ mean here we have,x shop is famouse of great döner,shop x famous of great kebap,ama shop z köfte is better
things like that i mean

9.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 01:36 am

Doner is always safe, because it is cooked.

Don't want to scare you, just in case you travel to other lands like Mexico:

Amoebic dysentery is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Amoebae spread by forming infective cysts which can be found in stools and spread if whoever touches them does not sanitize their hands. There are also free amoebae, or trophozoites, that do not form cysts.

Amoebic dysentery is well known as a "traveler's dysentery" because of its prevalence in developing nations, or "Montezuma's Revenge" although it is occasionally seen in industrialized countries

10.       CANLI
5084 posts
 31 May 2008 Sat 02:17 am

Yes,also Hepatitis A i guess,can be transformed from food ?!
Yes?!

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