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Balık Ekmek

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Turkish food


Balık Ekmek is a popular street food in Turkey, and it’s basically a sandwich with grilled fish. Mackerel is widely used but other oily fishes are common as well. The sandwich is filled with various vegetables and it’s a flavorful quick-bite that is best served on the Eminonu square.

Roughly translated as ‘fish bread’, this is popular street food and the ideal place is the floating fish boats sitting at the end of Galata Bridge. They consist of succulent mackerel fillets, which are flash grilled, salted and sprinkled with red pepper before being placed in a bread roll, then served with onion, lettuce and lemon juice for added texture and flavour.