A little over a month ago, while in Turkey, I had a chance to eat a traditional Turkish breakfast. I thought I’d share my delicious experience (in photos) with ya’ll!
Turks love eating. And since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they know how to extend and add variety to it. The word for breakfast in Turkish is kahvaltı. It can be translated as kahve–altı being under-coffee, meaning the food you eat before drinking coffee. So a nice long Turkish breakfast should of course end with a cup of well-made Turkish coffee.
Prior to coffee, though, a well prepared tea is a must. The rest of the ingredients are white cheese (similar to feta), old cheese (kaşar peyniri), black and/or green olives (zeytin), butter, honey, jam, an omlette or boiled eggs (yumurta), sliced tomatoes and/or cucumbers.
Additionally, a Turkish breakfast favorite is sucuk, cooked on a pan mostly with eggs (sucuklu yumurta). Sucuk is dried sausage made of ground beef with garlic and a variety of spices like red pepper, cumin and sumac.
I took these photos last month at a sea side restaurant in the Izmir suburb of Guzelbahce. And yes, the food is as delicious as it looks. Enjoy!