An insight into the traditional Turkish meal customs
Similar to other nations, Turks also enjoy three meals a day with breakfast generally consisting of a light meal with fresh tomatoes, black olives, bread with jam or honey and an occasional soft-boiled egg. Bread is freshly baked but those who are in hurry or do not have the time to spare for baking stop by food stands to have a quick bite of borek that is a flaky mince-meat filled pastry topped with sesame seeds. Since Turks are predominantly Muslims, you won’t see any bacon or ham served for breakfast.
Lunch in Istanbul is traditionally heartier than breakfast. Soups are generally served with a variety of ingredients that include lentils, meat and vegetables. A large lunch will include baked lamb or chicken served with eggplants and peppers however; fresh grilled fish is also a favorite choice for the health conscious. Turkish catering Toronto can always serve lunch for your event using the traditional dishes that Turks normally favor like rice and bulgur pilaf dishes. Bulgur is a protein-filled side dish which is toasted to bring out its deep nutty flavor before it is simmered in chicken stock. Chopped almonds complement the chewiness of the cooked bulgur pilaf and would be a wonderful recipe for luncheon. For the children, you can always ask Turkish catering Toronto to serve lahmacun which is a Turkish pizza with a layer of spicy ground lamb and tomato sauce.
For the Turks, dinner is also the largest meal of the day where appetizers are served before the main meal. Very often, Turkish appetizers are large enough for an entire meal and would leave your guests quite full. Salads, soups, pilaf-stuffed fish or kofte (fried minced meatballs) can be complemented with vegetables like potatoes. Turks traditionally take their meals sitting on cushions while the food is placed on a low table. You can always suggest to Turkish catering Toronto that you would like to experience this customary way of enjoying meals.
Turkish cuisine is very rich in desserts and one of the most popular is baklava which can be served with strong Turkish coffee or tea. Aside from baklava, you also try roasted semolina, revani or irmik helvasa. Turks love sweet desserts which are basically based on baklava but with slightly different syrups. You can also request Turkish catering Toronto, to serve baklava with ice cream particularly during a summer event.