Market Day Treats..mmm.

After walking around carrying bags of fruit & veg, what better way to cool down and recover than to stop at one of the little cafe van/trailers in the market area. Good food, cheap prices and friendly people. (I LOVE market days, can you tell?)

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This is another of our Tuesday/Sunday traditions. Going to the market and getting a traditional Turkish pancake (gözleme). Yum. They come in lots of flavours, sweet or savory. My favourite is the simple lemon sugar pancake, but I’m also a lover of the meat ones! They’re all freshly made in front of your eyes and are a million miles away from the pancakes us English know and love.

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kıymalı gözleme  (mince meat)                               lemon, sugar & icecream gözleme

These are more like very thin pastry folded in half, filled with your choice of topping and served warm. Lovely.

There are tons of other Turkish foods available too, döner (chicken/salad in a half bread)peynirli bazlama (special bread with cheese in) and for the adventurous, kokoreç (lamb or goat intestines, usually served in a half bread!)  Yuck.

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peynirli bazlama

Lets not forget the drinks too, you’ll see piles of fresh fruits outside the trailers waiting to be juiced, pomegranates, oranges etc, as well as the usual soft drinks. They also have the Turkish drink Ayran (made with yogurt, water and salt). I’m not a fan, to me it just tastes like sour milk but my boyfriend loves it. Apparently it’s refreshing and good for you as the salt helps you keep hydrated.  It is an acquired taste for sure. My ultimate favourite drink to cool us down though, is kar şerbeti (literally- snow sherbet). This is basically a slush puppy. Only different. It’s made with snow, actual, real snow bought down from the mountains. They knock a chunk of snow off, stick it in a bowl and crush it up (using elbow grease, not a machine!) they then and add your choice of flavoured syrup, (cherry, grape, lemon, strawberry, orange etc…) This is so refreshing on a hot day, even with the brain freeze that often results from drinking/eating it too quickly!

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    ayran                                                                                          kar şerbeti

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9 comments

  1. …..yes I also love the Turkish pancake (gözleme), the one with the cheese. I’m Canadian but my husband is from Izmir and when Wednesdays come around we go to Karsiyaka bazaar and they have the best gözleme…and on Thursday near our apt. in Hatay which also serves the best gözleme. But sad to say it’s only when we go for a visit there…..
    Ayran….after all these years I still can’t drink it….:-(

    1. The markets do sell the best Turkish pancakes! I’ve never tried the cheese ones though

  2. I’m not keen on ayran, except if I’m eating a doner…otherwise I never touch it. I love market foods. As you say, very good value.

    1. We went to the market today for lunch too, 8tl for 2 cokes, water and bazlama. Amazing 🙂

  3. Carol Ives · · Reply

    I love Ayran. I always try and have it if i am in a Turkish Restaurant here in London

    1. You could try and make it yourself! (: It’s never quite the same as drinking it here though, im sure x

  4. Pauline Forsyth · · Reply

    I like ayran but I love salt so thats probably why. I agree it goes beautifully with kebap.

    1. Oh, Berkay loves salt too. He’s never satisfied and always pours more in the ayran if it’s fresh and not from the carton.

  5. […] written about all the other food you can find at the market if you’re interested, click HERE to read. After all the shopping we got the bus home and went for a walk with Boncuk, she’s […]

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