Cappadocia Street Food
Everyone familiar with Cappadocia probably knows about the hot air balloon rides, unique stone columns that seem to jut out of the ground and the many cave hostels and hotels. The hot air balloon ride I experienced at sunset remains one of my most incredible moments of travel. What people may not know is that Cappadocia street food is delicious and allows for an opportunity to enjoy great local food at an affordable price. When I visited, I couldn’t wait to start my search. Here’s the best of what I found.
Old Cappadocia Restaurant’s Pancake House
As I walked down one of the main streets in Nevsehir, Cappadocia, I was greeted a number of times by an older Turkish lady who was sitting making pancakes. She would smile at me and say “Pancake! Pancake? Pancake?” I was already full the first two times but on the third, I got curious.
I wondered what she meant by pancake and went over to her. She smiled at me, as did the other lady in the shop. I could see that she was making what looked like sweet and savory crepes. They were thicker and softer than my favorite lamb sausage crepe in Edinburgh but they weren’t as thick as the one’s I enjoyed at Kompressor in Tallinn, Estonia. She just smiled expectantly, hoping that I would order one. Eventually I did.
We stood by as the Turkish lady began rolling the pancake dough and then filled it by hand. It was fun to watch this Cappadocia street food be prepared and cooked to order. Then she had what looked like a huge metal wheel that acted as the heating surface, fueled by a gas tank. She let the surface heat up and then added the pancake with a large, curled spoon.
The pancake was heated on each side, flipped with the curled, wooden rod. Once cooked, the pancake was sliced into pieces and served with some fresh cucumber. The whole process took about 4 minutes and was a pleasure to watch.
The beef in the middle of the pancake was rich and savory with a hint of sweetness from the onions and cheese. It could serve as a meal but my friend and I split it for a snack. My friend initially let me know she wasn’t a fan of savory crepes but apparently changed her mind after her first piece. We really enjoyed it.
Silk Road Kebap
As you’re wandering through the many windy roads and alcoves of Cappadocia, you’ll come across a number of dürüm stands just like the street food I found in Istanbul. It’s possible these get much busier during the summer months but there weren’t a lot of people visiting these stands when I was there in October.
Of the places I did visit, Silk Road seemed to draw the biggest crowd. When eating here at the recommendation of a friend, it was clear they do the best job around.
Preparing only chicken during at the time, we ordered ours with everything. Ingredients included lettuce, onion, tomato and fries with a little seasoning. Also, different from the dürüm I had in Istanbul, Silk Road added a garlic sauce and a spicy red sauce. Personally, I don’t care if this is traditional or not, I think dürüm and gyros should have a creamy element and a spicy element to go with the meat and veggies. But that’s just me. At $3, they’re a great deal and will fill you up.
Both of these options are well worth their $3 price tags. It’s possible that other similar shops may be open during busier summer months but these two shops manage to maintain enough business even during the off-season, when I was here in October. That has to say something about them.
Cappadocia Street Food Locations
Old Cappadocia Restaurants (Pancake house is next to restaurant)
Address: İçeridere Sk., 50180 Nevşehir Merkez, Turkey
Silk Road Kebap
Address: Muze Caddesi, Goreme, Turkey
Hopefully these options allow you to enjoy some great local food in Cappadocia at a cheap price! Make sure to check out my post on Old Cappadocia Restaurant for some more incredible food options at budget prices!
Sherefe! (Cheers in Turkish)
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