We were away for Feast Of Sacrifice (Kurban Bayrami) last week. We went to my hometown, Tarsus to spend the holiday with my parents. It was a great week for all of us as we did many activities together including visiting tourist attractions nearby, so it was a short vacation too. You can guess we had many delicious foods there begining from the first dinner together. Mom had asked if we wanted anything special from her before we hit the trail. We both cried “stuffed cabbage rolls!” We knew we would eat meat the whole week, so why not start with a vegetarian dish? Mom added red lentil soup, cacik and pickles to the menu. It was of course a perfect welcome to us! I have always loved this family meetings.
We also had a chance of visiting my best friend and her husband who are living in Adana, 40 minutes away from Tarsus. When you mention Adana, anyone in Turkey can guess that you are going to mention Adana Kebab, too. Our friends took us to a great restaurant for lunch. I must say that everything was so yummy that we didn’t want to leave! Wish we had larger stomachs!
Adana is famous for its kebab, that’s why this kebab is named so. Adana kebab is made from hand-minced meat which contains a large amount of tail fat, which I must admit, makes the kebab that scrumptious! It is placed on wide iron skewers and grilled over charcoals. As you see it above, it is a long kebab served on pide or lavash bread with roasted tomatoes and green peppers on the same plate.
When you order Adana kebab at an Adana keabab restaurant, they don’t bring just the kebab, they serve lots of appetizers without being asked for! All of them are free! It is like they are keeping you busy with eating these saying “yum yum” while they are preparing the kebab. They bring your kebab even before you finish all appetizers on the table. Fortunately they leave the leftover appetizers on the table so that you can continue satisfying your taste buds with doubled or tripled pleasure!
I will share the appetizers you see in the picture and more in future posts. Hope you can wait until then!