What if you stayed in Turkey for a long-term and wanted to learn something new about Turkey’s culture? In this article we are going to go around Istanbul discovering Istanbul’s cooking classes and schools, where are them and what do they offer? Hope that you will enjoy.
Istanbul Cooking School:
It established in 2012 in the heart of Istanbul in Beyoğlu near to Taksim Square. Their classes are afforded in English, German, Russian and also Arabic. The class size varies between 4 to 10 guests but also private lessons are also available. They were chosen as one of the best 50 cooking schools in Europe in 2014. Their cook workshops are a nice walk through in one of the greatest histories and traditions bazaars of Istanbul. First in the menu is soup, like Bride Ezo’s Soup, High Mountain Soup and the famous yoghurt Soup. Their main dishes are Stuffed Vegetables with Meat; which is one of the most signature dish of Turkey’s and the chicken with walnuts. The third section is Pilav “rice”, which is a name for a various large number of dishes, Meyhane Pilavi which is a dish made of wheat and meat balls you can enjoy that at Piraye Tas Plak Meyhanesi too.You can see the pilav carts all around Istanbul which they sell rice with chicken. Vegetable in Olive Oil is another part of the kitchen, starts with the most famous dish which is Yaprak Sarma (Stuffed Vegetables with Herbs and Spices) do not miss trying that at Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi too. Mezes are a very important part of the school too! You can learn how to prepare Humus, Mücver (Zucchini Patties) and more. Moving to the last chapter which is desserts; From Sütlaç (Rice Pudding with Mastic), to Muhallebi (Milky Puddings) and the delicious Irmik (Warm Semolina Dessert with Ice-cream). They have corporate cooking classes to connect people, More and more companies choose cooking classes to bond their teams, motivate them or to entertain their clients. And the courses are available everyday so why hold over just go and have a try for someday at other places as well in Istanbul such as Inciralti Meyhane, Koco Meyhane and Nadide Meyhane.
Cooking Alaturka was opened in 2002 as Istanbul’s first cooking school and has remained a top choice for travelers ever since. They believe that cooking and sharing food is the quickest way to discover a new culture. This cooking school is located in Sultan Ahmet close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia Basilica. They have over 16 years of experience, over 40 different recipes and over 5000 classes they established which makes the great reputation of that place. They teach a balanced five- course menu in a group of 2 to 10 people. they don’t aim to turn us into a professional Turkish chef in just a couple of hours. They want to introduce the people to the ingredients typically used in Turkish Ottoman cuisine and to teach them how to prepare and combine these in different ways than you may be used to, all this in a fun and relaxed setting. Their classes are held in English mainly, and they can speak Turkish or Italian for private groups. Vegetarians, allergies, gluten-intolerance and other can all be accommodated, and for those interested in more than one class, they have plenty of different menus in their cooking repertoire.
They have main 4 menus which are frequently requested, but also you can specify other dishes if you are interested. The five-course menu is basically soup, meze, dessert, main and vegetable in olive oil. One of their menus is, Ezogelin Çorbası which is red lentil and bulgur soup with dried mint and chili. Imam Bayıldı is eggplant cooked in olive oil with onion, garlic and tomato, Kabak Mücveri is Zucchini pancakes with white cheese and herbs, main dish is Etli Yaprak Sarması which is Vine leaves stuffed with meat, served with yogurt and lastly dessert; Şekerpare which is Syrupy semolina cakes with hazelnuts experience all that with our Turkish food Tour.
Turkish people know how to transfer their culture the best way and they make it really lovely and make you really want to merge and learn more about them.