The definition of kebab is to cook meat, without water, on coal or flame. There are plenty of ways to cook kebab meat; on oily cooking paper or in a saç, frying pan, tandoor, oven, pot, or stewed. The cooking method all depends on the type of meat. Kebab meat is usually soft cuts of lamb, sheep, veal, goat, or beef.
The cooking styles and ingredients of Kebab is contingent on the region, and branches of into three categories: grilled, oven-cooked and pot-cooked. Some cities in Turkey renowned for delicious kebabs are Gaziantep, Adana, Urfa, Hatay, Kastamonu, Erzurum and Bursa. Here are some must-try kebabs from other regions: çökertme kebabı (Muğla), döner kebabı (Trabzon) acılı güveç (Aydın), tepsi kebab (Antakya-Nevşehir), dağar kebab (Balıkesir).
Which Kebab, Which City?
The gastronomy center, Gaziantep, has many delightful kebab varities to offer, such as tike kebab, sini köfte (meatballs), garlic kebab and ayvalı tas kebab. In the back streets near Bakırcılar Çarşısı and the Zeugma museum, there are wonderful restarants brimming with the tastiest kebabs in the world. For a day of delicious feasts, book a flight to Gaziantep.
Adana kebab comes in at first place. There the meat is chopped with a knife similar to a cleaver. The trick is to prepare the kebab with lamb meat, lamb tail oil, pepper paste, chili pepper and salt. You won’t believe how delicious Adana kebab is, try the original by booking a flight to Adana. Liver kebab, külbastı, kanat kebab are some other great kebabs you must try at Adana. You can find the best kebabs in the area surrounding Büyük Saat. If you want to eat your kebab at a place with a beautiful view, then visit the kebab restaurants at Seyhan Baraj Lake.
Urfa kebab is a less spicy than Adana kebab, and is unique to Şanlıurfa. In Şanlıurfa, Urfa kebab is prepared from minced sheep meat. Book a flight to Şanlıurfa for an unforgettable feast, as in Şanlıurfa you can also try kebab dishes that contain aubergines, poppy, frenkli, onions, liver, tike, tepsi, yoghurt and apple. You must also try aubergine kebab, haşhaş kebab, Frenk kebab, onion kebab, liver kebab, tepsi kebab and the yoghurt and apple kebab. To sample these great dishes head to the restaurants surrounding Valilik Konağı and Samsat Square. If you plan on visiting Şanlıurfa during March or April, make sure to eat the keme kebab with keme mushrooms.
Döner kebab was first made 150 years back in Kastamonu, but you can find this well-known dish just about anywhere in Turkey. The spice infused meat spins as it cooks on a wood fire, seasoned with plenty of herbs. Another delicious Kastamonu kebab is Kuyu kebab, which is lamb meat cooked in a 4-meter deep coal pit. You can find the best kuyu kebab’s at restuarants in the Kastamonu’s Toprakköprü area. To eat doner and kuyu kebabs straight from where they originated, book a flight to Kastamonu.
Bursa brought us the delicious Iskender kebab. The least fatty parts of sheep meat are sliced finely and skewed then it cooks as it spins over a fire cinders. Iskender kebab, is served on plain pide (Turkish pizza) then drizzled with butter and tomato paste. Back in 1867, the first İskender kebab was made by İskender Efendi. You can eat at this restaurant in Bursa which is now run by his grandchildren. To feast on a beloved dish, book a flight to Bursa.
One of the best dishes in Erzurum, Cağ Kebab, is made from cured sheep meat. The meat kneaded with onion and pepper then skewered and cooked over a wood fire. You can find the best cağ kebabs in Erzurum at Yenimahelle and Gürcukapı restaurants. To try cağ kebab and many other delicious foods, just book a flight to Erzurum.
Hatay is a culinary delight, with a huge selection of delicious dishes for you to enjoy. When it comes to kebab dishes, the must-try dishes are tepsi (sini) kebab and kâğıt kebab. Tepsi kebab, a Ramazan favorite, is mincemeat, onions, tomatoes, pepper and onion cooked on a tray over a wood fire. The kâğıt kebab is cooked in an oily cooking sheet with meat, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes and peas. Feast on tespi and kâğıt kebbs in Hatay, on İstiklal Street overlooking the Asi river or at little restaurants in Uzun Çarşı. Book a flight to Hatay and treat yourself to an incredible feast.
When it comes to Turkish food, the first thing that comes to mind is kebab. According to the region, kebabs are cooked in a variety of different ways.