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One of the delicious and difficult dishes of Turkish cuisine is Kibbeh. Although there have been minor changes in the ingredients throughout history, the same recipe is valid almost everywhere today. Minced meat prepared from lamb and beef is covered with a special bulgur mixture and fried. Sometimes walnuts are also included. This dish, which is frequently made in Southeastern Anatolia and Thrace regions of Turkey, is also found in Arab, Cyprus, Syrian, and Lebanese cuisines.
Meatballs are very important for Turkish cuisine. According to a study, there are 291 types of meatballs in the country’s cuisine. Kibbeh which is one of the most delicious and troublesome among them, can be served as a main course and mostly as an appetizer or a hot starter.
Traditionally, ayran or turnip is served alongside this high-calorie dish due to the oil it contains.
A few places in Istanbul that are known for their kibbeh are as follows:
Sabırtaşı Restaurant – Beyoğlu, Istiklal Caddesi
In front of an inn on Istiklal Street, you can buy grains from the counter with Sabırtaşı and eat it on your feet. If you want, you can go to the restaurant on the top floor and taste other delicacies and watch the beautiful Istiklal Street view.
Çiya Sofrası – Kadıköy
At Çiya Sofrası, which offers the distinguished tastes of Traditional Turkish Cuisine, there are many wonderful options without meat that you can try alongside stuffed meatballs.