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Top 10 Istanbul by Melissa Shales

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Culinary Highlights

1. Meze

Most Turkish meals begin with meze – collections of small starters. The range of meze is vast, and you can easily eat enough for a whole meal. Cold options range from haydari (yoghurt with mint and garlic) to midye pilakisi (mussels cooked in olive oil) or çerkez tavuğu (cold chicken in walnut and bread sauce). Hot options may include chicken liver kebabs, calamari, grilled cheese, or something more adventurous such as koç yumurtası (fried sheep’s testicles).

2. İmam Bayıldı (“The Imam Fainted”)

This strangely named dish of aubergine stuffed with tomatoes and onions is a Turkish classic – the Imam in question ...

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