Menemen: eggs, Turkish style
Eggs are a staple of the Turkish diet. You’ll be able to eat them in restaurants and cafes as well as at home in a Turkish villa. As well as being used as an ingredient in many dishes, they’re also prepared on their own as a main course for breakfast or lunch – or even as an appetiser at dinner. Now Turkish-style eggs – particularly Menemen – are a staple brunch offering in Manhattan and London cafes. Served with Turkish red pepper with a side of yogurt, Turkish-style eggs are a delightfully different alternative to eggs benedict or an omelette. As well as eggs, Menemen generally includes onion, tomato, green peppers and spices and the dish is served up in the metal pan in which it was cooked. Many cafes and restaurants will of course add their own local twist to the dish.