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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fish in Bread

(Balik Ekmek - Istanbul)

Fish in Bread
Fish- I grilled fresh whiting Merluzzo fille -tasty and price is right!
Arugula Salad
Red onion, sliced
Tomato, sliced
Lemon wedges
Crushed pepper

Stuff the fish in half a loaf of freshly baked Turkish bread. Squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle crushed pepper all over the fish. Serve it with Arugula salad, tomato and onion slices. The traditional accompaniment for Balik Ekmek is Pickle Juice or Şalgam Juice:)

After the delicious sandwich I suggest you to have Tahini & Grape Molasses as a dessert:)

Balik Ekmek / Fish Sandwich
When you visit the Golden Horn in Istanbul you can always find fish sandwiches sold directly by the fishermen. They have grille and pot to fry freshly caught fishes from Bosporus waters in their boats. The smell makes you feel hungry even if you are full. It is hard to ignore not to have Balik Ekmek when you pass by these fishermen because the smell is irresistible.

When I make Balik Ekmek at home the smell or the taste won't be the same! Perhaps, Balik Ekmek has to be eaten in Golden Horn from the hands of the fishermen who have been serving it for centuries:)



At 12:26 AM, Blogger hasi said...

Binnur, Please help me with your Lahmacun recipe. It says to use 1tsp of flaked peppers but it doesn't say what kind of flaked peppers. Is this like crushed red peppers? Thank you!

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

your recipes are awesome as usual.

I am curious to know what's "Şalgam Juice" ?


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Yes, the flaked peppers and crushed peppers are the same:)

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Meryem,
Şalgam Juice is fermented carrot juice. This special drink belongs to Adana region.

At 5:19 AM, Blogger Mariana Kavroulaki said...

Now I wish I was in Istanbul eating a fish sandwich by the Bosphorus!!

At 11:52 PM, Blogger vb said...


I'll be in Istabul for the first time in October and I can't wait to have this sandwich. I keep seeing pictures of them in books and on websites about Turkey. This looks delicious!

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Greetings from Morocco,
I was in Istanbul last July and had them. You can't ignore the smell when you are in Eminonu.
It's a must eat in Istanbul. They re cheap and amazingly tasty.

PS: vb, Please say hi to all the fishermen ou there.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You don't have midye dolma recipe?


At 3:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I have midye dolma recipe Melekcigim. I hope to post it in the near future:)


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