If you're heading to Turkey, or simply looking to explore its fabulous cuisine here in Australia, here are five Turkish dishes you can't pass up.
There are, however, some dishes that aren't fully on the radar in Australia. Here are some Turkish foods you must try, whether at your local Turkish restaurant or across the oceans in Istanbul.
Manti are lamb-filled dumplings, comparable to ravioli. A popular home comfort food, the pasta-type dish is commonly served with garlic yoghurt and a sprinkling of sumac.
You may have tried other one-pan egg dishes, such as shakshuka or huevos rancheros, but you must try menemen for Turkey's best breakfast experience. Traditionally, menemen is eggs scrambled with tomato, capsicum, onion and spices like paprika and oregano.
One of the many Turkish foods shared (perhaps reluctantly) with its neighbour Greece, revani is a sweet semolina syrup cake, with almonds and a hint of citrus.
You've heard of pide - the other Turkish pizza - but lahmacun is its thin-crust cousin. Cheese-lovers will be disappointed as there's no mozzarella in sight, but you won't be left wanting. The topping is a delicious mixture of ground lamb mince, onions, parsley and spices, including cumin, paprika and chilli.
5. Turkish coffee
Not to be mistaken for a flat white, Turkish coffee is strong, straight and bitter! Taken only in very small sips, it is often enjoyed with a glass of water to help offset the bitterness. Follow it up with a piece of Turkish Delight, or if you're not one for strong flavours, opt for the sweet tea instead.
Learn more about Turkish cuisine with Tom's Istanbul Delights, premiering on Lifestyle FOOD on July 5 at 8:30pm.