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When we talk about typical Turkish cuisine, it is important to remark that this country has given the world one of the most popular fast food options: the doner kebab. It is difficult to find someone who has never tried a kebab. In fact, you can find restaurants specialising in this traditional Turkish recipe in some of the most unlikely places on the planet.
However, as well known and popular as the dish is, Turkish cuisine stretches far beyond the kebab. You could even say that Turkey enjoys one of the most varied, rich and delicious cuisines on the planet.
The reason for this lies in the country’s lengthy history, in the different ways it has been influenced by other civilisations and in its geographical location. Turkey serves as a bridge between Europe (particularly through the Mediterranean), the Far East (as a key crossing point between Asia and the West) and most Islamic countries.
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Baklava: much more than a dessert
The baklava is one of the most representative dishes of Turkish cuisine. Despite this, they are not exclusive to Turkey, and can also be found in practically the whole of the Maghreb region.
Literally the Turkish word for ‘frozen or freezing’, dondurma is the delicious local rendition of ice cream. A little different from western-style ice-creams, however; traditional Turkish ice cream is sweet, creamy, stretchy, and chewy at the same time. This stretchy texture is thanks to the inclusion of a starchy root of wild orchids called salep.
Lokum, known in English as Turkish Delight, dates back centuries. However, it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that it became a hit with the Ottoman sultans.
That’s when corn starch was invented and Istanbul confectioner Haci Bekir added it to the list of ingredients.
This simple combination of water, starch and sugar – boiled together to produce delicate cubes flavored with rose water, pistachio and other flavors – continues to delight.