Turkish Food – what to expect on your holiday to Turkey.

We get asked often about Turkish food and ‘are there vegetarian options?’ when our guests visit Turkey for the first time. So, to answer that one quickly, we can tell you that many dishes do not contain meat in Turkey so it is easy to eat meat free here.

Now, to move on to what to expect from your holiday. Firstly, if you come here and stay in one of the many popular tourist resorts, you will never have to try Turkish food if you don’t want to.  There are plenty of English bars and restaurants serving typical English food like curry, hamburgers, French fries  & spaghetti bolognaise!

If however, you want to get a taste of what the locals eat, then you are in for a treat. A typical Turkish breakfast consists of fresh bread, olives, local honey and eggs. Eggs are usually served hard boiled but omelets are also common. You will also have fresh tomatoes, cucumber & fresh herbs such as parsley.  A couple of types of goat or cow cheese, soft and hard. You may well also receive homemade jams such as fig or strawberry. It’s not hard to see why breakfast is our favorite meal of the day!

turkish breakfast table

Lunches are usually freshly made soups such as lentil or red pepper and salads made with onion and tomatoes. Bread is served with every meal in Turkey.

Dinners are often plates of pilav rice, green beans, stuffed peppers, casseroles and kebabs of chicken, mince or lamb. Puddings include pastries, sweet rice with milk and honey. The emphasis is on simple, fresh ingredients that are in season.

If you would like to find out more or want to give it a go yourself, here is a link to a book I wrote in 2016. It provides some simple recipes of commonly made Turkish dishes. You can try most easily at home: Simple Turkish Cooking

If you have some questions about Turkish food then we would like to hear from you. Our contact email is info@bespoketurkey.com