This a perfect guide for the most popular Turkish Street Foods you can taste in the United States with online orders to get to your doorstep in 48 hours.
The rich Turkish cuisine offers so many dishes to visitors that it is hard to choose. Besides thousands of restaurants in Turkey, there are a lot of street vendors in every neighborhood selling all kinds of quick street foods from doner sandwiches to simit; or a fish sandwich by the Bosphorus, or gozleme. As a for away living in the United States, I would like to write a guide about the most popular Turkish Street Foods you can find online in here the United States.
Often nicknamed by tourists Turkish pizza: The name comes from an originally Arabic name. “Lahm” means meat and “Ajeen” means dough. So it’s made from vegetable and meat mixture and dough.
It has a thin crust and minced meat ( beef mixture ) topped with vegetables and has a special way of eating. You can top it with a handful of parsley, tomato, onion, lettuce, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Then you can roll it into a wrap and enjoy it with a glass of “ayran” drink.
Kofta or “köfte” are walnut-sized fried meatballs. The first that comes to mind in the Turkish Kofte type is Turkish Meatballs. It consists of Kofte dough mixture; ground meat, onion, some bread crumbles, parsley and spices.
Also, we make Turkish Kofte in the oven with some vegetables and potatoes too. Another Kofte type is Turkish Lady Thigh’s “Kadınbudu Köfte“. It has cooked rice, sautéed minced meat, and raw minced meat in the mixture. After the spices, it is shaped and coated with egg and deep-fried. In eastern Türkiye most popular variety is called “İçli Köfte”, full of flavor due to large amounts of butter in the filling. Also, another type of Kofte is İzmir Kofte; It is consisting of köfte (meatballs), peppers, and potatoes in a simple tomato sauce.
“Simit” is a well-known fact that even the most elite street food in Türkiye is probably the most popular Turkish street food of all. It has a ring shape of bread coated with sesame seeds that are commonly accompanied by either tea or “ayran”. And you can eat it for breakfast or in savory combinations with cheese and fresh vegetables. Also “simit” is the easiest to find street food in Türkiye. You can come across a lot of streets or in corner heads.
“Döner Kebab” is also another common and most popular street food in Türkiye. It has 2 types: chicken and meat döner that is slowly roasted on a rotating vertical skewer. It is served like a sandwich with Turkish white bread, salad, or vegetables including; tomato, lettuce, green peppers, pickled cucumbers, and various types of sauces.
Another Turkish street food that will comfort you like you are eating at home. You can probably see them on every corner usually near the commercial areas and shops either in pushcarts or small eateries.
Because it is the dish enjoyed mostly by workers during the day or by locals for quick healthy lunch. It has basically 3 ingredients: chicken, rice, and chickpeas. You can sprinkle some black pepper on top and drink ayran with it. And enjoy your simple but delicious street food! I ate Chicken & Rice in the Bayrampaşa area when I was filming for my street food episodes. But you can eat everywhere in Istanbul.
Fish Sandwich in Eminönü Istanbul
“Balık Ekmek” is better known as the fish sandwiches that are impossible to ignore anytime you are near the Eminönü, Galata Bridge area, or Golden Horn. Generally, fish sandwiches are made from broiled mackerel fillets with green salad and onion. And season with salt and red pepper flakes. You can drink a good company hot or mild pickle juice or other drinks.
Çiğ Köfte or Turkish Style Raw Meatless Bulgur Ball is a popular street food on Türkiye. The name “çiğ köfte” means raw meatballs. In the traditional recipe, it has meat along with cracked bulgur wheat. Meat is cooked with many spices added and kneaded by hand for a long time. Today on the streets, it is commonly made without meat and so it is vegan. A hearty appetizer, the dish can be ordered in a wrap from many street vendors and is a popular side dish in kebab shops too.
Gözleme is a savory, Turkish stuffed flatbread. The dough is usually unleavened and made only with flour, salt, and water. The dough is rolled thin, then filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle. Fillings for gözleme are numerous and vary by region and personal preference, and include a variety of meats, vegetables, mushrooms, cheeses as well as eggs, seasonal herbs, and spices.
“Kokoreç” is made from baby lamb’s sweetbread, small intestine, and large intestine. After all, the ingredients are cleaned and rinsed. It wraps onto a cast iron skewer and then cooks on the charcoal grill. Once it cooks on a charcoal fire, it is served on a bread or on a plate with various spice seasonings. “Kokoreç” is widely popular in Türkiye.
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