Thursday, June 8, 2023

Turkish Street Food: KUMRU

Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, İzmir is ready for you to discover.

Even mentioned in songs, Kordon, is a place in İzmir where everyone takes a great joy. Kordonboyu, where İzmir meets with the sea, where you can watch the sunset or lay down on the grass during summer and spring is among the symbols of İzmir. The grass area starting from the Gündoğdu Square at Kordon is a meeting point where the youth comes together, sings and socialize while drinking something.

What is Kumru?

Kumru is one of the local street foods of Izmir. It is a Turkish sandwich that covered with sesame seeds which like simit. The name of this street food translates as ‘collared dove’, and derives from the shape of the sandwich.  The secret of its popularity is in its tasty and soft bread, specially produced by some local bakeries and restaurants with added chickpea sourdough.

 Turkish Simits are also called  Gevrek in izmir. Gevrek vendors in the streets, which are very common in Izmir, sell  Gevrek, kumru and a pastry called boyoz, which is also unique to Izmir.

The Kumru you will get from these vendors include izmir tulum cheese, raw tomatoes and a single green pepper. This is actually the traditional kumru.

 Another type of Kumru, made from the same bread, is a special type of sandwich that is associated with Cesme which is a region of Izmir .

 There are many kumru restaurants  in Çeşme and several of these stay open for 24 hours.

Over time, these kumru restaurants and buffets spread all over Izmir.

Today we are shooting video at KUMRU & KUMRU restaurant located in İzmir Kordon.

This restaurants cook the kumru ingredients on a grill over burning coals or gas.

Kumru consists of cheese, Turkish sausage (sucuk pronounced sujuk) and tomato, and is mainly served today with additional sausage  and salami, small dishes of diced dill pickles and small hot chilli peppers along with condiments of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.

The ingredients are prepared according to the customer’s request. But whatever you request there will be plenty of ingredients as to surprise you.

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