Food Culture of Mersin

Food Culture of Mersin

Food Culture of Mersin

Food Culture of Mersin; Mersin has been a frequented point of different civilizations and important historical characters throughout history with its cosmopolitan structure, its shores running parallel to the Mediterranean Sea throughout the city, its warm climate and fertile lands. Many different cultures and races continue to live together in the City of Mersin, which has quickly acquired a cosmopolitan structure with the waves of migration it has received Decently.

For a long time, the cultural structure of the city, where Yoruk Turks are the majority, has changed with the migrations from outside. This change has caused differences in the “culinary culture” of the region, as in many areas. For this reason, although the local dishes of   mersin  have a structure suitable for the way of life of the Yoruk Turks, it is possible to see the effects of the food styles found in the East of Turkey.


The dishes specific to Mersin,;

1- Tantuni,

Mersin Tantunisi has become the symbol of the city completely. Tantuni may be the easiest food you can find ready-made on a trip to Mersin. There is a Tantuni Restaurant at the beginning of almost every street. Tantuni, which is the most well-known and prepared in Mersin Cuisine, is a type of dish that is served wrapped in bread by offering Beef, Chicken, Lamb meat options. Therefore, it cannot be said that Tantuni has a vegan-friendly structure. People have the opportunity to choose the bread to be used as they have meat options.

2-  Batırık

“Batırık”, which attracts attention in the provinces of Mersin and Konya, is simply a  kind of juicy salad. Although it has very similar construction stages with “kısır”, Tahini is added to it.

3- Sıkma

“Sıkma”, which is quite common in Mersin and the surrounding provinces, is a type of food that is constantly served in pastries, which is said to have a better taste when consumed with tea. The Food is served in two types ; cheese or potato  in it, depending on preference. Sıkma is cooked on a thin iron called “sac” and  it is the leading dish of Mersin in the category of pastry. Its origin is based on the Yoruk Culture.

4-  İcli kofte

Içli köfte, whose origin is based on southeastern Anatolia, can be cooked in two different ways as boiled and fried. The feature makes the magic and gives the taste of the köfte  is the “iç harç” whichs means “The ingredients inside the food.” The ingredients consists of meat, so it is a type of dish that may cause vegans to think twice when choosing it. Walnuts can be added to it when its prepared according to the preference of the person. But, Walnuts are not preferred in içli köfte  in the Mersin region.

The Category of  Desserts,

5- Kerebic

Throughout history, Mersin has also been connected with the surrounding cities. The origin of this dessert, which is identified with Hatay province – which is a few hours away from Mersin- and Mersin. The Dessert is  based on Arab culinary culture. In preparation; It is prepared with walnuts, peanuts, semolina and black cumin. Kerebic, also known by the name of ”Semolina Cookies”, is served with cream.

6- Karsambac,

Karsambaç, which is consumed in regions where Highland Culture is widespread. It is a type of dessert consumed by adding syrup to ice or snow. During its preparation, clean snow collected from mountains or wells is used. This dessert, which is very famous in the southern provinces, is similar to the” bici bici” dessert of the city of Adana, which is close to Mersin. Karsambaç can be prepared with different versions and syrups depending on the request, the most well-known version is those made with grape molasses, but there are also quite a lot of lovers of the karsambaç dessert prepared with honey and rose water.

7- Cezerye

Just as Tantuni has become the symbol of Mersin as a food, “Cezerye” symbolizes Mersin in the Dessert category. Being suitable for vegan consumption, it has become one of the favorite sweet flavors of Turkey with its taste and the benefits it provides to the body. Cezerye is made from carrots, sugar and coconuts.

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