Çanak Mangalda Kurufasulye
Çanak Mangalda Kurufasulye is located not far from the water’s edge in the atmospheric neighborhood of Balat, where colorful old houses, often with laundry lines hanging above, and children playing soccer in the streets is a common sight. In keeping with the humble and homely nature of this eatery, the décor is simple and laid-back; photos of friends and customers line the walls and jars of pickled vegetables sit on a few rows of shelves. The dining area is spread across several floors, with comfortable booth style seating as well as tables outside on the street.
This restaurant specializes in satisfying portions of kuru fasulye (Turkish style white beans in a rich tomato broth come sauce). Cooked over a barbeque for more than 5 hours, the kuru fasulye at Çanak Mangalda Kurufasulye come all the way from the Eastern city of Erzurum. Served plain, with beef, or with pastırma (Turkish air dried cured beef) they are best enjoyed alongside buttery rice and some of the organic yogurt with its natural hint of sweetness that is brought in from Adapazarı. For meat lovers, the burger-patty sized köfte with herbs and spices is the option to go for, grilled to a tender juiciness with a plate of turşu (pickled vegetables) on the side to add a bit of saltiness to the overall taste.
Traditional Turkish soups and desserts are also found on the menu for those with a more hearty appetite and from the upper floors you can relax with this comforting home cooking whilst watching life go by along the shoreline of the Golden Horn. Çanak Mangalda Kurufasulye is popular with locals and families enjoying a taste of home away from home.
Kuru fasulye (baked beans served in a sauce)
Köfte (Turkish meatball)
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