The famous Turkish style breakfast is the most characteristic feature is the variety of cheese and olive varieties native to Turkey take part in the breakfast table.
In addition, vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers; bagels, pastry, pies, pancakes and cookies; apples, pears, oranges, watermelons, and melons. Another feature of the Turkish breakfast is that the black tea is brewed and served as Turkish style. The breakfasts, usually made at the weekend, are richer.
In Turkey “olive” is eaten at breakfast.
Food and beverages included in the Turkish breakfast are as follows:
- There is always tea for breakfast. Turkish breakfast without tea is unimaginable. Turks have no habit of drinking coffee as soon as they wake up in the morning. When they wake up in the morning, they call it tea first.
- There will be more than one kind of cheese.
- Clotted cream,
- Sausage eggs,
- Bagels and Pogaca
- Pies and so on.
- Sucuk or pastırma
- You can have as many foods as sweet and salty.
Van Breakfast in Gastronomy Tourism
The fact that the province of Van is on the Silk Road route has played a role in the formation of breakfast tradition as a flavor stop. The most important feature of the Van breakfast is that the food consists of all natural local foods. Breakfast table; herbal cheese, genuine Van honey, yogurt, milk cream, churned butter, tzatziki, grassy cheese, knitted cheese, feta cheese, roasted-sausage eggs and olives. There are nearly 80 different food in Van breakfast.
Breakfast is served with lavash bread and van muffins cooked in stone ovens and samovar tea is a must for the Van breakfast. Goat and sheep milk fed by herbs in the region are among the alternatives next to samovar tea.
In the summer, van breakfast includes tzatziki, yoghurt, and cheeses; In winter, tahini, molasses and honey are added.
You can find Turkey’s Van breakfast anywhere in Turkey. However, this breakfast will certainly not replace the original one in Van. If you care about your taste buds, you should try Van’s breakfast in the Van.
Tea is in everywhere
Turks offer tea to their guests at home and at work. This is a tradition. In addition to the tea, they also offer food such as pastries, pies, and cookies with tea. In some restaurants, waiters serve tea after dinner. Sometimes they offer tea without asking… Because almost everyone drinks tea in Turkey. It is a habit for Turks to drink tea, especially after a meal.
Why tea instead of coffee
Although Turks drink a lot of tea, they also like to drink coffee; but they prefer Turkish coffee after breakfast. Turkish coffee is a strong coffee and hard to drink when you are hungry so you should eat something before. For this reason, the word breakfast (kahvaltı) means before-coffee (altı-kahve) in Turkish.
If you haven’t been in Turkey, you will be shocked at first sight because unlike other cultures Turks eat too much for breakfast. Basic differences are:
- While most of the European countries and America usually buy coffee for breakfast; Tea is the most important beverage in Turkish breakfast culture.
- Rich cheese varieties are the most important values of our breakfast together with different kind of olives.
- Salami, sausage, and ham are consumed at breakfast in foreign kitchens. Turkish cuisine similar to her sausage and bacon for breakfast is usually consumed with eggs in winter.
- One of the most important features separating Turkish cuisine from foreign kitchens is; consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits in accordance with the season.
- Serving breakfast with tomato, thyme, and extra virgin olive oil is a privileged richness in Turkish culture.
- Scrambled eggs and scrambled eggs are included in foreign kitchens; Turkish cuisine also includes eggs with sausage and bacon; Tomato and peppered eggs are defined as menemen.
- Cream and honey in Turkish cuisine is an important value especially for breakfast in winter.