Cookistan. Turkish Food Experience
This Istanbul Cooking Class will show you that nothing is easier than preparing a range of mouthwatering Turkish treats. The experience includes a walk around one of Istanbul's most historic neighborhoods, where you'll discover many authentic shops and farmers markets, ideal places for picking up fresh ingredients for your class. Our cooking class is in Kurtuluş, where has the most unique neighborhood community – a baker, a third-generation milkman, a greengrocer with fresh seasonal produce, a butcher who’s owned the same shop for decades. Nowhere in Istanbul is this local culture more alive than in Kurtuluş, where our cooking experience takes place. This neighborhood, once home to religious minority groups during the Ottoman Empire, has maintained its unique, community-oriented soul even as fast food chains and megamalls have started to dominate areas nearby.
Visiting the simit stand where the neighborhood lines up for a morning snack, the liver butcher favoured by chefs all over the city, a cheese shop, greengrocer, a traditional bakery and a cured meat and maze shop that this neighbourhood is known for, slowly, a vision emerges of a community life that revolves around food.
Back at the kitchen, we’ll teach you how to cook six of our favorite Turkish recipes from all over Turkey – dishes like Circassian chicken, stuffed eggplant from southeastern Turkey, Aegean-style mincemeat pastries and more. Once lunch is ready to celebrate the food that we’ve prepared. For a sweet finale, we’ll enjoy a pumpkin dessert laced with tahini and walnuts and Turkish coffee. We are happy to share our knowledge accumulated in 30 years of tourist guiding and 10 years of professional cooking experiences with you.
We give travellers the opportunity to get in touch with authentic Turkish food with a hands-on experience in a friendly environment and a homely, cozy atmosphere in a professional way.
Highlights: private Turkish cooking class, learning to cook 6 authentic Turkish dishes, shopping for fresh ingredients with locals, cooking with locals.
Departure: daily. Includes: private Turkish cooking class, private guide, ingredients, cooking equipment.