One of the ways I cope with my wife being in Turkey for her grueling 15 month tour of duty is to try my hand at Turkish recipes from time-to-time. It helps the family feel somehow connected to her through food, knowing that she can probably purchase many of these recipes in the shops right off base.
It doesn’t hurt that most of the recipes I’ve tried are fabulous. The flavor combinations sometimes seem odd, but the end result are dishes with flavors that can best be described as both ethereal and haunting. Turkish food so far has been a wonderful and enlightening journey for my family, one I’m glad we’ve taken together.
This particular dish is my favorite so far. This is no mean feat considering how much I and my family adored both the Havuçlu Haydari and Nane Limon that I’ve written about previously. This dish just somehow surpasses them.
Tasting this was like discovering the soul of Turkish cooking. The flavors are simple, but surpassingly complex on the palate. This is the kind of perfection that Anthony Bourdain says can only come from peasant food. In this case, I agree. (Do you hear that, Ruhlman?)
The over the top part of Turkish soups is the use of a very thin custard in their making. This adds a mouth feel unlike anything I have previously eaten. It is both creamy and sumptuous, yet light enough for an extremely hot summer day. In fact, I find that I lack the words to properly describe it. You’ll have to try it to see why, but I assure you it will be worth it.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 20g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I wish I’d had a cinnamon stick so I would know if the flavors were the way they should have been
Links to other recipes like this:
- Tutmac Corbasi: Yogurt Soup with Lamb Meatballs & Noodles, from Je Mange La Ville
- Lamb Soup, from Binnur’s Turkish Cookbook
- Lamb and Yougurt Soup, from Saveur