The Ultimate Istanbul Turkish Food Tour - JUICY Kokoreç, Balık Ekmek (Fish Sandwich), and Lahmacun!

  • Published: 02 October 2016
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    Day 10: Istanbul, Turkey - This was one of the best days of eating Turkish food in Istanbul that I had during my visit, and this video is an Istanbul food tour. We started with Turkish breakfast, followed by the famous fish bread sandwich (balik ekmek), followed by kokoreç and midye dolma, and then finally for dinner I ate lahmacun. Although everything was good in this Istanbul food tour, my favorite food of the day was the kokoreç.

    00:41 Lades Menemen Restaurant - The first meal on this Turkish food tour was for Turkish breakfast just off Istiklal street. Along with some side dishes, my main order was menemen, which is a type of Turkish egg dish (similar to scrambled eggs) and I got it with Turkish sausage. It came piping hot and bubbling away, and it was extraordinarily delicious, especially with all the other sides. Total price - 34 TL ($11.43) for everything

    4:56 Galata Tower - 25 TL ($8.40) per person - On this food tour, we still had to do a little bit of sightseeing, so on our way to the next restaurant, we stopped off at the Galata Tower for an amazing full 360 view of Istanbul. We got there right as they opened, so it was nice and quiet.

    Galata Bridge, Eminönü, Balık Ekmek - Perhaps one of the most well known Istanbul street foods is, balık ekmek, a fish bread sandwich. Located in Eminönü, and along the water's edge, you’ll find a handful of boats that grill up pieces of mackerel, stuff them into bread, and serve them with lemon juice. You can sit along the pier, and enjoy your fish bread sandwich, and not only is it good, but the atmosphere is also fantastic. Balik Ekmek (fish sandwich) - 8 TL ($2.69)

    10:56 Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) - If I could choose one of my favorite things to do in Istanbul, it would be exploring the Spice Bazaar which is also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. You’ll find an incredible amount of spices and herbs and flavoring ingredients from around the world, packed into the market. After walking around for a while, Ying and I decided to buy some cherries, and the friendly vendor also gave us some samples of fruit as well. Cherries - 1 kg. for 12 TL ($4.03)

    13:35 Süleymaniye Mosque - We were in the general area, so we stopped in at Süleymaniye Mosque, an iconic mosque in Istanbul that dominates the skyline.

    15:21 Kral Kokoreç - The next food on this Istanbul food tour is kokoreç, and it’s one of the Turkish foods I was most looking forward to eating in Istanbul. Kral Kokoreç is an amazing, sort of street food stall in Istanbul. Kokoreç is a delicacy of organs wrapped in lamb intestines and grilled. I ordered a plate of it to go alongside some bread and it was spectacular. It was one of the best Turkish food meals I had, I loved it. They also sold midye dolma, mussels with rice and spices, and they were also wonderful. Total price - 29 TL ($9.71) - for everything.

    22:42 Grand Bazaar - After that amazing meal, we walked over to the Grand Bazaar, which is not only one of the oldest covered markets in Istanbul, but one of the oldest covered shopping areas in the world. It was pretty amazing to walk around, and admire the shops and the actual structure of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. I think the tea was 1 TL ($0.34).

    25:47 Fıstık Kebap Lahmacun - To complete this Istanbul food tour, our final stop for dinner was at a restaurant called Fıstık Kebap Lahmacun (thanks to Culinary Backstreets for the recommendation: to eat lahmacun. At first we started off with aryan and kibbeh, before proceeding onto the lahmacun, pide, and the special fistik kebap. Everything was delicious, but I think I really liked the simplicity and lightness of the lahmacun the best. Total price - 58 TL ($19.49).

    And that completes this video of the ultimate Turkish food tour of Istanbul, it was an amazing day of food!


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Comments • 4 960

  • The_Destroyer 11
    The_Destroyer 11  1 days back

    Damn, let your wife eat.

    • Qasim Abid
      Qasim Abid  1 days back

      After seeing theses Turkish videos i just love Turkish food

      • md jahid
        md jahid  2 days back

        With Ayesha Dima SEALED

        • Laka Zaka
          Laka Zaka  2 days back


          • Onat Tufan
            Onat Tufan  2 days back

            Turkiye 🇹🇷❣

            • Bajjaad
              Bajjaad  2 days back

              love turkey from Pakistan <3

              • Nadim N
                Nadim N  2 days back

                Mark, when are you gonna visit Iran? They are very welcoming and the food is just the best in middle East.

                • Ahmet Mukavim
                  Ahmet Mukavim  3 days back

                  Adam zevkden 4 kose olur agzina yemek girince

                  • Shekhar Patil
                    Shekhar Patil  4 days back

                    Hi Mark... Your videos make me feel hungry....Turkish meat..😘😘

                    • Daim Hossain
                      Daim Hossain  4 days back

                      you need to stop giving fake review and expression,..your face look like a dumbass when every time you show your expressions.

                      • ElGimpo87
                        ElGimpo87  4 days back

                        kann die dauerlachende fresse nicht sehen -.-

                        • m x
                          m x  4 days back

                          Love Turkey, the people and country are great and thats why the food is great

                          • Travelholic Gul
                            Travelholic Gul  5 days back

                            I like Turkish food specially  Lahma bi-'ajin.

                            • Hassan Hamidir
                              Hassan Hamidir  5 days back

                              acıktım lan :D Mark your face as eating each sort of foods attracts the whole enthusiasm loved it indeed.

                              • mmm mmm
                                mmm mmm  5 days back

                                Her yemeğin usulüne göre yemesi çok hoş

                                • QuiveringNow
                                  QuiveringNow  5 days back

                                  I wonder what it's like to be so happy. This guy must have lived a pretty good life growing up.

                                  • Adem Tas
                                    Adem Tas  5 days back

                                    Wow, I've never seen any YouTuber who enjoys the local food with a big smile on face! Watching both of you wondering around in Istanbul was literally a therapy for me. Your genuine sincerity makes me very happy and I'm glad you had such a great vacation there.

                                    • jefry zain
                                      jefry zain  5 days back

                                      love Turkey from Malaysia..

                                      • Gizem Dinler
                                        Gizem Dinler  5 days back

                                        Adama japon dediler ya sshjshsj

                                        • Julio Romero
                                          Julio Romero  6 days back

                                          There is a Mexican dish called "Huevos a la Mexicana" and it literally has the same exact same ingredients.  The only difference is that "Huevos a la Mexicana" is a dish that is served well done and with corn tortillas, not bread.  I was pretty surprised to see that both Turkey and Mexico share a breakfast dish, and that both countries offer it as one of the most traditional and preferred breakfast dishes in their countries.  But keeping in mind that Europe and Asia caused a great impact in Mexico with the great flows of European and Asian immigration into Mexico during the years of the country's formation, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.  I think that this video can be a good reminder to us Mexicans about the importance of remembering and paying tribute to our European and Asian ancestry.  Because even though we are taught to mostly pay tribute to our indigenous culture since we are young, we must not forget that at one point European and Asian culture and gastronomy had a great impact in Mexico.  Thank you for sharing this video.  I truly enjoyed it.

                                          • Hendra Führer
                                            Hendra Führer  6 days back

                                            those big portion of breakfast are for 3 persons in my country

                                            • Transcendent
                                              Transcendent  6 days back

                                              Top video! Discover the real Islam on

                                              • Yaya J
                                                Yaya J  6 days back

                                                Do you ever get sick eating in so many different countries, my stomach would be so upset

                                                • emre
                                                  emre  6 days back

                                                  menemenci neresi bilen varmı

                                                  • YIKIK_BEY ayberkgulsen

                                                    Bu adam yemekleri yerkenki mutlulugu

                                                    • 32ways
                                                      32ways  6 days back

                                                      Just booked a flight too,now I gotta call in sick 🤒

                                                      • duygu arslan
                                                        duygu arslan  6 days back

                                                        I really love your video and it makes me really happy, thank you so much. However, the music whis is playing back, It is not Turkish style, not from our culture. I know most of people around the world think this. But this is a common known wrong. We have sense of music from Asia to Europe and Mesopotamia. I appreciate the video.

                                                        • duygu arslan
                                                          duygu arslan  6 days back

                                                          Neden yabancılar bizim yemeklerimizi vs. beğenince bu kadar çok seviniyorum acaba. Bizim yemeklerimizi dünyaya sunsalar Mcdonals ve Burger King batar, aynı zaman Türk Kahvesi bir Starbucks'a meydan okuyabilir nitelikte. Zaten yemek ve içecek açısından zengin bir ülkede bu şirketlerin olması bile baştan bir saçmalık.

                                                        • Özgür Karakuş
                                                          Özgür Karakuş  6 days back

                                                          Bu adamda bi acan tipi var

                                                          • Özgür Karakuş
                                                            Özgür Karakuş  6 days back

                                                            Ne mutlu türkum diyne

                                                            • Fok Balığı
                                                              Fok Balığı  1 weeks back

                                                              6:03 abi üzgünüm ama kameramanla evleneceksin smslsmsksk

                                                              • Ahmet FARUK Avci
                                                                Ahmet FARUK Avci  1 weeks back

                                                                La menemen olmamış.

                                                                • Menderes Çolak
                                                                  Menderes Çolak  1 weeks back

                                                                  İngilizce konuşarak ülkeyi geziyor, bunu Tokat manyağı etmişlerdir....

                                                                  • Tekno MEN
                                                                    Tekno MEN  1 weeks back

                                                                    1:37 olm o bakış neydi lan :D adam cennete düştü sanki

                                                                    • Merve O
                                                                      Merve O  1 weeks back

                                                                      For the next time you can order mini version of the food 😊 nice video

                                                                      • Yusuf Özcan
                                                                        Yusuf Özcan  1 weeks back

                                                                        La bunları ben yemedim adam bir günde yedi

                                                                        • Lvnt CL
                                                                          Lvnt CL  1 weeks back

                                                                          Ya bide adam Türkiyede yine yabancı bir kız rehberlik ediyor ona eşlik eden bir iki Türk olmalıydı bence haksızmıyım?daha güzel tanıtmak adına

                                                                          • Lvnt CL
                                                                            Lvnt CL  1 weeks back

                                                                            Adam malatya kayısımıza sanırım bir şeftali diyo djdjdjd bro peach is not his name,this is KAYISI mk not peach,meyvelerin şahı malatyamızın kayısısı 😂

                                                                            • The Bridge
                                                                              The Bridge  1 weeks back

                                                                              his gaze is so intense :D

                                                                              • Mher U.
                                                                                Mher U.  2 weeks back

                                                                                Come to lebanon Mark

                                                                                • ALYAZGI
                                                                                  ALYAZGI  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I visited Turkey 3 times. Much respect and love to this country and to the people.
                                                                                  From Palestine

                                                                                  • Strawberries And Death
                                                                                    Strawberries And Death  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Their Produce is the damn Fresh. I never knew tomatoes tasted so sweet.
                                                                                    the fruits and vegetables are just grown near by at the country side.

                                                                                    • Cem Yıldız
                                                                                      Cem Yıldız  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Not a good idea to to watch this at midnight when you are far from Turkey.

                                                                                      • Summer Rain
                                                                                        Summer Rain  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Fish sandwich looks dry. Needs some kind of sauce, maybe Tartar. Also too much bread for not so big fish filet. Everything else looks yummy.

                                                                                        • gelasius turk
                                                                                          gelasius turk  2 weeks back

                                                                                          adam o kadar mekan gezmiş bir kişi de çiğ köfte ikram etmemiş... lahmacuna maydanoz dürmesini, menemene ekmek banmasını takdir ettim. adam işi biliyor.

                                                                                          • Nuno Soares
                                                                                            Nuno Soares  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Wow Mark. What an amazing food tour this was (mouthwatering) and awesome city with friendly people too. How did you feel walking around Istanbul? Was it pretty safe or did you feel the heebie jeebies (made you nervous)? Also, is there anything in Thailand that resembles the food you had in this video? If so, you should make a video. Hope you, Ying and Micah are doing well :-)

                                                                                            • sadiye sinan berki
                                                                                              sadiye sinan berki  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Amazing 😉

                                                                                              • SHOE MAFIA
                                                                                                SHOE MAFIA  2 weeks back