SENA ALKAN - ANKARA
In almost all Turkish cities street food is a savior for locals as well as tourists, who can enjoy different tastes at vendors popping up on every corner. The following are the most-consumed street food in Turkey, like "simit" (Turkish bagels) and roasted chestnuts.
One of the most famous street foods in Istanbul is the baked potato, known as "kumpir" in Turkish. A huge baked potato is cut in half and filled with butter and cheese for the base. The seller then asks for your preferred filling - from a mind boggling range of ingredients, including corn, pickled red cabbage, pickles, Olivier salad, yogurt, jalapenos, olives, etc.
A widely consumed food in Turkey, yogurt is a main ingredient in nearly all dishes in Turkish cuisine. Istanbul's Kanlıca neighborhood has been famous for creamy, tasty yogurt since 1893. Kanlıca yogurt has no additives and is good for the digestive system. Top your yogurt with honey, powdered sugar, jam or you can try plain Kanlıca yogurt.
Istanbul fishermen have been catching fish in the Golden Horn. In the last 50 years, a tradition arose that sees freshly caught fish from the Marmara Sea cooked and sold on fishing boats. Eating a fish sandwich is a must if you visit Istanbul's historic peninsula, which includes Eminönü.
Lahmacun is one of the most popular fast foods in Turkey. With thin-crispy dough and a delicious combination of minced meat, lamb or beef, mixed with fresh chopped onions, garlic, parsley, peppers and tomatoes, it qualifies as one of the healthier fast foods around. Also known as "Turkish pizza," lahmacun is a unique combination of fresh ingredients and complimentary spices, including paprika, red pepper flakes and occasionally cinnamon.
Made of hand-rolled dough that is lightly brushed with eggs and butter and filled with various toppings, such as minced beef, chopped lamb, fresh or smoked seafood and vegetables (spinach, zucchini, eggplant, onion and potato or mushrooms and cheese), these delicious "fillings" are sprinkled onto the dough before the dough is closed up and fried.
A midnight meal, kokoreç can be found on any street corner, though it is not a traditional meal on restaurant menus. Made from the intestines of lambs and cooked with a variety of spices and flavors, kokoreç is the sandwich of the night owl. It is cooked like döner over a charcoal fire, which gives it an extra rich taste.