Turkish Fast Food in Istanbul: Fish Sandwich (Balik Ekmek) + Pickle Juice (Salgam) + Lokmasi (Honey Doughnut) - Travels Blogs

Turkish Fast Food in Istanbul: Fish Sandwich (Balik Ekmek) + Pickle Juice (Salgam) + Lokmasi (Honey Doughnut)



I mentioned in an earlier post these ?balik ekmek? boats in Fatih located just off the Galata Bridge on the mouth of the Golden Horn. You can read it here: Istanbul: Eminönü Balik Ekmek Boats (Fish Sandwich Boats)

It is a traditional fast food joint on the quay that seems to be loved by many Istanbulites. I was really attracted to the localness and uniqueness of the place. Where can you find a fast food joint that has a boat as its kitchen" Every time a ship passes by the Golden Horn the boats and the cooks bobs up and down. Isn?t that just so cool" And then you?ve got the wooden tables and chairs which were so low, they reminded me of my kindergarten days in the 70?s.

There is only one item served on the menu here and that is the fish sandwich (balik ekmek). I quite liked the simplicity of the sandwich. The fish is cooked in a very simple and modest way. There is nothing fancy schmancy about it. But it tastes good and is very fresh. Simplicity and freshness. Yes, these are what makes a balik ekmek.

For drinks I settled with the pickled juice with pickled vegetables in it called ?salgam?. There were several salgam cart vendors in the area. I spied on them earlier during the day and I could not contain my curiosity, I must order it. Nothing to worry if you are not into the pickled stuff as there are sodas sold here as well.
For dessert I ordered a piece of ?lokmasi? which is a tiny fried doughnut dipped in honey. It is very, very sweet. They were peddled by food cart vendors as well who were selling them in a one-size portion box, which obviously I cannot finish. So I negotiated with the lokmasi vendor for just a piece. He obliged. Thank you!

This is the cheapest dinner I have had in Istanbul and I enjoyed it very much. It cannot get more traditional, original and local than this.

Ordering the balik ekmek from this man. You can see the boat kitchen at the back.

The cooks grilling the mackerels.

Cheapest but coolest dinner in Istanbul =)

I am not a bread person so I only finished half of the bread but I ate all of the fish, as well as the salgam pickled juice and vegetables.

 A piece of lokmasi for my dessert.

Travel Period: May 2015
Destination: Fatih (Istanbul ? Marmara), Turkey

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