Breakfast often gets overlooked. The foodie press is far more likely to list all the new chef’s specials, trendy bars and eateries than suggest serving-up, or heading out, for a good breakfast. But, here in Turkey breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day — and Turk’s really do know how to rustle-up a superb breakfast!
A true Turkish breakfast is a dip-and-share spread with all the ingredients laid out in the centre of the table. There’s boiled or fried eggs, preserves, olives, flower or pine honey, a range of cheese, fruit, tomato, cucumber, pekmez and tahini. Then there’s a range of bread, sesame-crusted ‘simit’ (Turkish bagels), and tasty Turkish pastries filled with local “sucuk” sausage or cheese, known as “börek”. Top this off with a fresh juice, a coffee or a small glass of “cay” and you’re set for the day!