Savoring Turkish cuisines PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00

As a way of thanking and developing closer rapport with Asia’s Latin City, the Turkish-Filipino Tolerance School in Sinunuc invited city’s government officials, business people, and their friends to a gastronomic delight of Turkish cuisines at the school campus last Saturday March 17. The school’s over-all director, Mehmet Cetin, said that they like Filipinos to appreciate and to understand better the culture and the way of life of Turkish people.

The Turkish cuisine is without doubt one of the richest and most varied in the world. It is said that three major kinds of cuisine exist in the world: Chinese, French and Turkish. Fully justifying its reputation, Turkish Cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for diners indeed. The variety and simplicity of the recipes and the quality of the ingredients (spices) guarantees delicious meals for centuries. They introduced the famous shawarma and kebabs worldwide that are marinated, stewed or grilled with lamb or beef as the basic meat. You just got to try them to appreciate Turkish food.

Among the interesting Turskish dishes are the "karniyarik","hünkarbegendi", and "patlican salatasi" (eggplant salad) and "patlican dolmasi" (stuffed eggplants). They are cooked with onions, garlic and tomatoes and served cold as "imam bayildi". A delicious Turkish specialty is "pilav", a rice dish which is difficult for the inexperienced cook to prepare. "Börek" are pies of flaky pastry stuffed with meat, cheese or potatoes. The delicious Turkish natural yoghurt, "yogurt", is justifiably renowned.  One notable variety is the "zeytinyaglilar", a dishe cooked with olive oil. "Dolma" is a name applied to such vegetables as grape leaves, cabbage leaves, and green peppers stuffed with spiced rice.

Turkish sweets are famous throughout the world and many of these have milk as the basic ingredient such as "sütlac", "tavuk gögsü", "kazandibi", "helva", "asure", but the best-known are "baklava" and "kadayif" pastries. Turkish coffee comes thick and dark in a small cup and may be served without sugar, with a little sugar or with a lot of sugar. Turkish soups are based on meat stock and served at the start of the meal.

Cetin said that their school in Zamboanga City has been running for the last 14 years with international standards. He clears up the misperception that the school is a religious school (Arabic or Islamic), and emphasizes that it is a business venture in education. Except for a prayer room, the school does not have a mosque inside, teaches a certain religious faith, and does not conduct a prayer before any school activities to avoid conflict in religious beliefs.  

Like USA, China, England, and other economy driven countries (even Philippines), Turkey is spreading out in other part of the world to introduce their products and invite people to visit their country as tourists. The school will be opening soon a college of education as they need teachers for their school campuses in other countries Cetin added. He is proud to share too that the school has been producing students who are excelling in math and science winning in local, national and international contests. Their high school graduates have been passing the UP stringent entrance test as well in other universities with rigid entrance exams.

We ended up the day with their famous Turkish tea for relaxation. You have to visit the place to learn how they brew tea. Great after you fill up your stomach!


by Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:28