I love pickles so much that I need someone to stop me once I start eating them. They are generally eaten as a side dish in Turkish culture.
Among several dishes that can pair with pickles, there is a special one that you can’t think of separately. It is a kind of dried bean stew called kuru fasulye in Turkish. However, I don’t need any main dish to eat these, aren’t they great snacks too? Pickles are so appetising that they make you eat more just after one bite. The only problem might be the endless need of water afterwards.
There is a small pickle shop in the city centre and it sells the best pickles I’ve ever eaten. You can find any pickled fruit or vegetable you can think of here. It is a heavenly place that you can’t just pass by, you are absolutely pulled inside by the attractive pickle jars you see in its window. I love such small but successful shops! You feel that tempting scent of pickled veggies just as you step into the shop and the door is like opening to a world of pickles.
My favorites are little pickled cucumbers and jalapeno peppers. But I must admit pickled unripe melon and carrots are as tasty. And I was so surprised when I saw pickled apples here. They pickle apples as they are, no slicing.
Another fruit that amazed me was pickled plum, which is not common here.
I buy a big bag of a mixture of our favorite pickles (cucumber, jalapeno, beet, cabbage, garlic and carrot- oh, I guess these might change as I want to eat them all) every time I go there.
How about drinking pickle brine? Another thing I can no way refuse in that shop is a cup of pickle brine. I order a cup when I’m waiting for the vendor preparing my package. He asks if I would like it hot or not, and I say “Absolutely hot!”. I admire that hot and sour flavors together. He fills a plastic cup with hot pickle brine and puts a few cucumbers, carrots and chopped cabbage into it. You know what? My mouth waters even when I’m telling these here.
Do you have such pickle shops selling pickle brine in your place too? If not, you must absolutely come taste it here! Addictive!