Fish in Bread
(Balik Ekmek - Istanbul)
Fish- I grilled fresh whiting Merluzzo fille -tasty and price is right!
Red onion, sliced
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:)