Istanbul may be a treasure trove of culinary diversity, but it’s no secret that eating at the city’s hippest restaurants can leave a hole in your wallet. Whether you’re in a hurry to fill your stomach or you’re short on cash, this list of the best street food should help you find a meal the next time you turn the corner.
The most popular street food in town is undeniably balık-ekmek, better known as a fish sandwich that you cannot ignore if you are near Karakoy or Eminonu coast. You might be tempted to sit in one of his restaurants under the Galata Bridge and enjoy these delicious sandwiches, locals believe.
Lahmacun, often referred to as ‘Turkish pizza’ by tourists, is a very simple meal of thin crust topped with a mixture of ground beef, onions and pepper, placed in the oven for a few minutes and served hot. It is customary to sprinkle with a handful of parsley and freshly squeezed lemon juice, wrap in plastic wrap and enjoy with cold ayran. We have favorite eateries in almost every area of Lafmacun, but some of the best eateries we tried came from Khalil Lafmacun and Borsam Tash Hurin in Kadikoy and Fistuk Kebap in Arnaftkoy .
Durum is one of Turkey’s most democratic culinary inventions. why? You’re just as likely to run into him on a street corner as you are at a fancy restaurant. Whether your preference is chicken, beef, cheese or veggies, this meal wrap is sure to satisfy your hunger pangs.Anytime visit Bambi or Kizil Kayalal in Taksim Square for a crowd pleaser Enjoy your Durum.
Tantuni, closer to Durum, is made with beef, tomatoes, peppers and plenty of spices, wrapped in the thinnest tortilla imaginable. It usually comes in spicy and not-so-spicy versions, but most residents of Mersin (Tantuni’s hometown) consider it unfit to eat unless it leaves a stinging sensation on the lips. One of his best places to get authentic tantuni in Istanbul is Emine Ana Sofrası at his Billurcu Sokak in Taksim.
More of a snack than a meal, midye dolma is little more than half-shelled mussels mixed with spicy rice and squeezed with lemon juice, served straight from a tray at night on every other street corner in Taksim. Midye Dolma’s secret is to eat half the amount the seller provides and then stop. Otherwise, by the time the rice swells in his stomach and his brain gets the satiety message, looking down he may realize he spent 20 TL or more.
One of the most controversial street foods, kokorechi is actually seasoned, skewered sheep intestines served in half or quarter loaves full of fat and salt. will be No wonder it is the most popular food after drinking. What most people don’t like about kokoreç is that given the animal parts used in their meat, a thorough clean is of the utmost importance.Luckily, the most popular kokoreç his chain One of his, Champillon Kokorechi, will never let you down.
The ultimate baked potato is called Kumpil in Turkey and Ortakoy is the most popular part of town. You’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the line of Kumpir vendors, each about to wave to a special display, with a variety of toppings such as kashar cheese, sosis, corn, mayonnaise salad, and peas and carrots. , the possibilities and combinations of Kumpir are endless.