Greek Food Vs Turkish Food
This summer I decided to do something different, it was the first time that I travelled alone in some country. Even if most of my friends do it, for me it was quite new and really enjoyable.
I visited Turkey and managed to have a good view of their local foods. In this trip other than visiting places like Ayia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern I was really happy to see that there are no main differences between the Greek food and Turkish food. To be honest, I didn’t have to travel all the way to Istanbul to learn that, but it was nice to see it and taste it myself.
The funny thing in those kinds of situations is that always there will be people fighting about who made it first in order to claim the originality of the recipe. For example, how to you call that kind of coffee, Greek Coffee or Turkish coffee? To be honest I don’t know…it looks exactly the same to me and they are made exactly the same way.
Running around in Sultanhmed I managed to see a lot of restaurants that were serving exactly the same foods like my mother used to make me. So both Greeks and Turkish know what Papoutsakia is and both Greeks and Turkish knowwhat baklava and Loukoumi is. Maybe they change the name a little bit from time to time but everything else remains the same.
If you look up a little bit the history of those two countries you will realize that they had…and still have a lot of common things. They are like two people that they love to hate each other…but they are almost similar. I think that’s why all the Turkish people were calling me “bacanak” (=brother in law) when I was telling them that I was Greek … 😀
On with the food…
Greek Food Vs Turkish Food
Well, one of the best ideas came from my father when he told me that I should go and eat fresh Fish in Galata. I managed to find the Galata Bridge and eat one huge beautiful and tasty Sea Bream, together salad and big bottle of wine. The food was excellent and the view of Bosporus magic. Nothing fancy there in terms of cooking, simple grilled sea bream with lemon and olive oil. All that you need in order to enjoy the fish…
In Turkey also they are really well known for their kebabs. Another good friend of mine suggested to me to eat at Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim. That restaurant exists since 1920 and does exclusively…(yeap you guessed it…kebabs). What really caught my eye was that there menu was really small. They have the same menu since 1920 without adding or removing anything.
So you don’t have many choices…but those choices really worth it., It was by far one of the tastiest kebaps that I have ever eaten.
They had big beans salad, pilaf (plain rice..more soaked) and of course grilled meat balls which you can find also in Greece with small differences in the recipe.
One of the things that I really enjoyed in the last days of my trip was the famous “Kazan Dibi”. You can find it inTurkey and the Northern parts of Greece. Basically, it’s a really –really tasty desert that looks so easy to make it but (as my dear mom said) it’s so difficult. The ingredients are: butter, rice flour, milk, corn starch, sugar and flavouring.
My father, who always says the best stories, explained to me how it was created… According to the legend, the personal cook of the Sultan wanted to make a dessert for his master and had that idea. He created the cream and he was giving the burned side of the cream from the Kettle to the servants of the Sultan. However, one day the Sultan saw what his servants were eating and decided that it was much better. So Kazan Dibi was created, which means bottom of the kettle. That’s why it is served with the “burned” side up. The burnt side of the kettle is caramelized collecting the sugar and making it …heaven…
There are so many more foods that I should have tried but simply didn’t had the time. The only general difference that I could find between Greek and Turkish cooking is that Turkish food is a little bit spicier. Despite that, my stomach never had any problem with that,
The site is called “the greek food” but I am guessing if there is a blog similar to this in turkey…they would have more or less the same recipes J