A List of Turkish Foods You Can Miss Out On I Best Turkish Foods To Try In 2022 - Travel Triangle

 A List of Turkish Foods You Can't Miss Out On I Best Turkish Foods To Try In 2022 - Travel Triangle


Turkish cuisine has long been one of the most popular and well-known in the world. And there’s good reason why it’s so famous – it’s delicious! Turkey offers so many different types of foods that you might think it’s impossible to pick just one. Luckily, we decided to put together this list of 38 best Turkish foods to try in 2022 so you can save yourself some time (and money!) and make sure you don’t miss out on anything during your trip to Turkey this year.



What is Kebap? Turkey is known for its kebap or, as it’s called in Turkish, döner. It is made by carving thin slices of meat from a rotating spit, similar to shawarma (kebab). Toppings such as tomatoes and onions are added along with a sauce before being placed into pita bread. It is one of Turkey’s most-loved dishes and can be found everywhere – from hole-in-the-wall restaurants to high-end eateries. The town hall square in Istanbul even has an enormous statue dedicated to what people consider to be their favourite dish!



Have you heard about dolma? A traditional dish made from grape leaves, cabbage leaves or vine leaves, which are stuffed with rice, vegetables and herbs. The dolma is then served cold. If you’re into Turkish food, it is well worth trying out. The traditional recipe calls for a variety of greens like tomatoes, parsley and mint. But feel free to experiment with your own ingredients! Dolma can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish. It goes especially well with meat dishes because it adds moisture to dry meat; it also has a high fibre content so you'll probably feel fuller faster too!



There’s a good chance you won’t find pide outside of Turkey, but it’s one of those dishes that you need to try while you're there. This dish is made up of bread dough and topped with cheese, meat, or vegetables. Eaten piping hot (like most things in Turkey), they sell delicious ones in towns like Istanbul's Güllük and in Kalkan on our incredible Southern Turkey holiday. They also serve some amazing ones at Ciya Sofrasi, one of Istanbul's oldest restaurants that has been running since 1868!



Anyone who knows anything about Turkish cuisine will know that Manti is a must-eat. This is a dish of handmade pasta stuffed with lamb and minced onions, with a rich tomato sauce served on top. It’s simple food at its best, and often cooked well by local women using home-made doughs. It’s eaten as either an appetizer or main course, which makes it perfect for those on a budget. A great tip for eating Manti well is to wrap it in cabbage leaves, so you don’t get your hands messy!



A popular food item, börek is a layered pastry filled with cheese, minced meat or vegetables. Another type of börek is made by wrapping pieces of dough around sliced potatoes and filling it with feta cheese. The dish is then baked until golden brown and served warm. This tasty food can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as a main course, with yogurt or tomato sauce on top. Delicious!



A mouth-watering baked dish consisting of paper-thin, savory bread and cheese, you can’t go wrong with börek. Enjoy it on its own or dip into ayran, a salty yogurt drink. For extra flavor, try adding salt, pepper and sumac to taste! A soft Turkish flatbread made from flour and water that is used to wrap meatballs (i.e.: kücukbärga), vegetables (i.e.: ıspanaklı börek) or rice fillings (i.e.: peynirli börek). Dip it in tarator sauce for added flavor or use as part of your main dish for great taste!



Very popular in Adana, musakka is a dish made from roasted red pepper purée served over freshly grilled meat. The resulting spread is similar to hamburger patties and tastes delicious on its own. Served with flatbread and salad, it’s a must-try dish when in Turkey. Considered one of the five most common dishes (the other four are hamsi pilaki, sucuklu yumurtası sucuklu yumurtası, kebap and çiğ köfte), musakka has its roots in Adana city but is available throughout Turkey as well as neighboring countries such as Cyprus.


This is a traditional stuffed eggplant dish that is known as the Imam fainted. It was supposedly invented by an imam who fell into a fit after eating such delicious food. The name stuck and it has become one of Turkey's most popular dishes. The dish itself consists of eggplants stuffed with walnuts, currants, garlic, tomatoes and onion cooked in olive oil. In addition to being healthy and delicious, it is also very easy to make. Definitely try it out!

Imam Bayildi


Be it a starter or a main course, imam bayildi is always a favorite. It is made with long eggplants stuffed with minced meat and rice. Cooked in tomato paste, it tastes heavenly with pita bread. You can also serve it with kashkaval cheese or yogurt to add another dimension to its taste. It has Persian roots but is one of Turkey’s most famous dishes. Imam Bayildi literally means the Imam fainted; some say when an imam (prayer leader) from Edirne tasted his wife’s version of this dish, he lost consciousness because he thought it was so good that only Allah could have created something so delicious! Eat your heart out now!


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