It should come as no surprise that one of the things I was most looking forward to during my time inIstanbulwas a food tour. Although there were a bevy of companies to choose from, most were in Sultanahmet, the historic and uber-touristy neighborhood where I was staying. And even though I know food tour companies would have steered clear of some of the lackluster fare that dots Sultanahmet’s streets, I wanted something different. And揭秘美食之旅offered just that.
One of the neatest and most unique things aboutIstanbulis that it’s technically on two continents, Europe and Asia. Most tourists will spend most if not all of their time on the European side for that’s where popular sights like Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace are. But I didn’t want to come all the way to Istanbul and not make it to the Asian side (to at least say I was in Asia since my time in South Korea seems like eons ago).
I took a taxi from Sultanahmet and in hindsight I should have taken the ferry over to the Asian side. As I would find out, taxi drivers on the European side don’t really frequent the Asian side and vice-versa, although the nightmare I had getting back after the tour made the morning’s cab driver seem like an ace. The tour met up at the其中所提供的Sultanahmet美景从整个水卡德柯伊渡轮码头。
I truly enjoyed visiting the Asian side of Istanbul since it offered me a completely different side of the city. It was mostly all locals that I saw and nothing of tourist significance which was fine since I had that at my doorstep back in Sultanahmet. And even though I don’t subscribe to the whole traveler versus tourist debate (if you’re going somewhere that you’re a visitor to, those two words are synonymous), it still is refreshing to see a more local side of any place.
然后有manti这是我最喜欢吃的是我，而在土耳其尝试。我做了他们自己在家but I’m just going to be honest and say mine paled in comparison. Manti are a type of dumpling typically filled with spiced ground meat (lamb or beef) and topped with a garlic yogurt sauce. I had manti on my first night in Istanbul at the hotel, which I enjoyed, but these were far superior.
This is another type of Turkish pizza although drastically different from pide as the dough is quite thin. It’s topped with minced meat, minced vegetables including onions, tomatoes, parsley, and a variety of spices. You also sprinkle lemon juice on it once it’s rolled up, which is how you eat it.
Katmer you could say is a distant cousin of baklava (I liked this more). They’re Turkey’s version of crunchy pancakes filled with ground pistachios and clotted cream. They truly had the perfect amount of sweetness to them.
我的Istanbulfood tour was truly one of the top five things I did when I was in Turkey (on par with even a magical hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia). The food that I ate on the tour was definitely the best variety and taste quality I had on my visit. Nusret, who curated all of the stops, did a wonderful job and was an excellent tour guide. He’s truly found his second professional calling. I can’t recommend秘密美食之旅伊斯坦布尔足够。
Disclosure: I was given a free tour in exchange for my review but as always all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.