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The Most Delicious Street Food in Istanbul: Rice with Chickpeas

One day, after living in Istanbul, our Turkish friends asked us what is the most delicious food in Turkey for us, and what was their surprise when we answered rice with chickpeas and chicken. Istanbul is full of street food, here you will never stay hungry, you can always have a snack with fresh and warm simit, drink ayran with doner or taste Turkish rice with chickpeas. This is traditional Turkish cuisine and a quick snack option if you are very hungry. The streets of Istanbul are full of people with carts that are filled with rice with chickpeas or chicken.

This dish is especially popular at night, transparent trolleys stand near many nightclubs in Istanbul. But believe us, you will find the most delicious and fresh rice not there, but in Tarihi Unkapanı Pilavcısı.

This cafe is located in many points of Istanbul, so you will surely find it in your area. We have visited many, but the most favorite for us remains Tarihi Unkapanı Pilavcısı Şişli (address Cumhuriyet, Halaskargazi Cd. No:83, 34380 Şişli/Istanbul), because here the most friendly staff who will quickly serve you with warmth, and will serve the freshest and most delicious dish. All cafes are made in a simple street, but at the same time cozy style. There are many tables inside where you can safely eat, the dish can also be ordered for delivery. As stated on the cafe’s website, their pilaf has been one of the traditional dishes since the Ottoman Empire. Its taste and aroma have been preserved since those times.

Rice with chickpeas

The cafe has taken care of its customers and offers options for dishes of different tastes that are suitable for vegetarians and meat lovers. Here you can try not only classic rice with chickpeas, but also rice with chicken and chickpeas, rice with fried pieces of veal, veal liver, rice with chicken in curry. You can add a vegetable salad to the dish, or choose a set menu. You will also be offered Turkish ayran, tea, coffee. The prices in the cafe are very reasonable and accessible to anyone.

There is one conclusion, we strongly recommend visiting the Tarihi Unkapanı Pilavcısı cafe chain to try one of the most delicious Turkish dishes in the place where it is prepared best. You will definitely be satisfied and maybe we will meet you in this cafe more than once.

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You can read this article in Russian language: Самая вкусная уличная еда в Стамбуле: рис с нутом

Anna Yablochkina

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