5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

Articles Aug 07, 2020 13:57

Turkish bread culture goes deep into the people’s lives, becoming an indispensable part, as well as making a great impression on and attracting tourists to Turkey.

You will find Kebabs in countries all over the world, this is a way of combining different types of meat on small skewers or a large skewer. There is some evidence that the word ‘Kebab’ itself originates from the ancient Turkish languages and that it originally meant "barbecue". This is a famous Turkish street food, but there are many types of Kebab for you to choose from.

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

Shish Kebab

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

The oldest and most popular type of Kebab is called "Shish", made from marinated lamb or beef grilled on a large skewer. Occasionally, people will add some typical vegetables including: eggplant, tomato, bell pepper, onion, pickles and mushrooms. It can be eaten with sauce made from many ingredients such as lemon juice, olive oil, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, pepper, and other spices.

Cop Sis Kebab

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

Similar to normal Shish Kebab, the sauces, meats and vegetables used in Cop Shish Kebab are basically the same. The simple difference is that the skewers are made of wood instead of iron, but this type of Kebab usually has smaller pieces of meat and fewer vegetables. For many people this is a safe choice. Pieces of meat, with peppers and onions, are placed on a skewer and grilled. They also commonly used as appetizers for larger Kebab meals.

Adana Kebab and Urfa Kebab

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

On any menu, these will be listed as two different categories, but they're essentially the same except for Adana Kebab being the spicier version of Urfa Kebab. The best Kebab is said to be in southeastern Turkey, and Urfa and Adana are two of the popular cities in this region. These Kebabs are made from a mixture of ground beef or lamb, sometimes mixed together.

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

They are then added with onion, garlic and local spices. The added seasonings are also the main difference between Urfa Kebab and Adana Kebab, with Adana having red chili flakes and Urfa having paprika and other mild spices like oregano, which bring explosive flavors without being too hot.

Iskender Kebab

Iskender Kebab is the king of the Turkish Kebab, as it is an extremely popular dish, especially in Istanbul and Bursa, which is known to be the land of Kebab. The name ‘Iskender’ means Alexander in Turkey. It is named after the founder and inventor of the Doner Kebab from the 19th century in Bursa. This special Kebab is made by layering delicious thinly roasted lamb mixed with tomato sauce on bread, melted butter and yogurt.

5 types of Kebab you have to eat in Turkey

This Kebab differs from the classic Doner Kebab in that it is served on a plate. First a slice of pide bread, then thin slices of Kebabs and finally tomato sauce. It is served with yogurt and they usually pour melted butter on it right at the table. This is one of the Kebabs that are loved by locals in Turkey and also easily become a favorite of tourists.

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