When I first arrived in Istanbul, I was honestly perplexed by how expensive the street food was.
You would never miss this if you’re in Istanbul. This is a kind of Turkish bagel that costs 1TL for a plain one and 2TL for one that has cheese or Nutella filling.
I had my best simit at a stand near the benches at the Basilica Cistern. It was the softest thing ever.
2. Tavuk Pilav.
This a rice dish, but there’s just something so thick and delicious about the rice. I’m quite sure it wasn’t boiled with plain water, but a chicken broth of some sort. Pilav means rice and tavuk means chicken. I got a huge amount of this for 4TL.
This is a very popular street food in Istanbul (but not quite at the rest of Turkey) because it’s close to the sea. A lot of people warned me about this causing food poisoning, but after my 6th visit to these kinds of stall, I’m still all good. I do have a stomach of steel though.
4. Balik Ekmek.
Ahhh fish sandwiches. If you’ve ever asked a local what to eat near the Galata Bridge, they’ll surely point you to the floating boat selling these freshly grilled fish hugged by soft bread. Definitely a must.
This is a dish of baked potatoes with a few types of dressings like cheese, mayonnaise and ketchup on it. You can add corn, pickles, carrots and a whole lot of other things on it.
But, this was one thing i didn’t try. I already know for a fact that I’m not going to like this and I’m just not willing to spend 9TL on something I know I will not like!
Happy street food eating, and be kind to your tummy!