Turkish Food – Pide

We did our first ever blog post all about our life in Turkey back in November and we can’t believe it’s taken this long to get round to writing about the amazing Turkish food, pide. Oh well, all good things come to those who wait, as they say and pide is more than good!

Pide (pronounced pee-dE) is often described as Turkish pizza on menus and we guess that’s the nearest description. It’s a thin, oblong dough base, your chosen filling and then it’s folded over around the edges. You can usually watch the guy prepare the base, spinning it in the air and then sliding it into a stone oven. A few minutes later, your pide will be taken out of the oven, chopped into thin slices and served to you on a plate. We mentioned we were going to Ölüdeniz the other day so we could go to Kumsal Pide Restaurant for our tea and these two photos are of what was served up.

Turkish Pide - Kuşbaşılı

Our favourite – kuşbaşılı pide

We always order kuşbaşılı pide (top photo) which is small cubes of meat; either beef or lamb, peppers and tomatoes. Our friend is vegetarian so she ordered the vegetable pide; cheese, tomatoes and peppers. And of course, before consuming our pides, a good dousing of chilli flakes is in order just to spice things up a little. Be warned, the chilli flakes at Kumsal are super hot.

If you’re in Turkey on a budget, pide is one of the foods you need to be on the lookout for because it’s really cheap and really filling. Kumsal Pide isn’t super cheap but it’s cheap for Ölüdeniz and it’s worth the money because the pides are huge – and you get to sit overlooking the sea whilst eating.

Turkish food pizza pide vegetarian

A cheese-topped vegetarian pide

If you’re in Çalış, there’s Mehtap Lokanta at the main crossroads where all the traffic lights are. They do a decent, cheap pide.

If you’re in Fethiye, you can’t go wrong. Keep your eyes open for a pide salonu, or any of the lokantas and you’ll get your pide. The huge lokantas opposite Fethiye Otogar all do a fantastic pide and are open 24 hours. Sahil Lokanta 1 and 2, either side of Migros supermarket also do a great pide and are open 24 hours, too. As we said, you can’t go wrong. Depending on where you go and which topping you order, a pide can cost you anything from 5 lira to 12 lira, with the lokantas being the cheapest – and usually the best.

If you are absolutely starving – and budgeting – take yourself to any of the lokantas in Fethiye and get some of the amazing Turkish soup (always served with fresh bread) as a starter and then have your pide. You will be able to do this for around 10 lira and be sorted for the day. Bargain!

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  1. http://nomadicjoe.blogspot.com/2009/09/and-just-who-is-making-your-pide.html
    I’ve learned something about pide that one should perhaps keep in mind. Always go to a pide lokanta that is busy and has many customers- preferably Turks. There is a very logical reason for this, but it had to be explained to me by a wise Turkish friend.
    Quite often, the meat topping will be stored next to the oven presumably to be close at hand. It can sit all day in the warmth and easily go bad. Furthermore, if all the meat is not used on day one, it will be stored in a fridge overnight and be used on day two.
    I have spent the a few horrible days in bed with food poisoning and the usual suspect was pide.
    However, if there are a lot of customers the meat topping doesn’t have a chance to sit out so long and besides I’d trust the locals to know where the best places are.
    Outside of this possible problem, I would recommend pide to all my visiting friends.

  2. I also recommend “Lahmacun” which is thinner than pide and smaller. It is a very good starter before kebabs. :))

  3. I suppose it’s the same in restaurants the world over. You eat where you feel comfortable and use your common sense. If the place is empty, there may be a reason. Fethiye centre is small and the pide places are always packed so we’ve personally never had any issues like that – touch wood.

    Kuday, I love lahmacun. I’m going to do a separate post on it when I’ve taken a photo of one I’m eating 🙂

  4. In fact, I only had that problem twice and that’s in about 20 years of living here. So, really that’s not bad at all.
    My personal favorite is Iskendar. When I first came to Turkey, they’d serve you this huge plate of finely sliced lamb over a bed of sliced bread and soaked in yogurt and drizzled with spiced tomato sauce. AND THEN.. some man would come around with a long handled ladle with melted butter which they would pour over the top. Talk about rich! But it really made you feel like a sultan! Most places have skipped the butter nowadays which is probably adding a few more years to their customers’ circulatory systems.

  5. Alright JayP,
    now you have me craving some pide.
    I haven’t had any in what seems like a very long time.
    Unfortunately, we do not have too many Turkish restaurants here in Vancouver.
    I will just have to make it next week.
    On another note, my friend and her family took off yesterday from Van. for their month long trip to Turkey. (So jealous)
    She did ask for your website as I had told her how much I enjoyed your writing. I look forward to her pics & writing as well.
    And yes, one day I hope to visit.

  6. Pide is one thing I have never attempted to make myself Celeste. I just know it will go too thick and stodgy.

    Is your friend going to be travelling around Turkey? Does she have a blog too (you mentioned her writing – thanks for the compliment by the way). If she blogs, we’d love to read what they get up to and see the photos so would be grateful if you could post the link. Thanks. If not, hope they have a great time.

  7. Judith van Praag says

    My appreciation of Turkish food in general started when I taught costume and stage design at the Turkish-Dutch theater school in Amsterdam. Imagine my surprise when one of the people in class turned out to be the cook who prepared lunch for the students and teachers! As for the pide, my favorite pizza bakers in Amsterdam are Turkish! After reading this blog post I understand why. Water is running in my mouth. Great pictures by the way!

  8. The Turks are amazing bakers Judith. I am currently on a no-bread (for a short while at least) diet because we ate so much pide while my friend was out to visit. It’s not easy!

  9. Wow, this looks amazing! There’s a kebab place in Auckland that has these in the front window, but I’m was never sure about the freshness at that place. Maybe I’ll try making them myself someday…or get to Turkey, which is much more ideal.

    Thank you for following my blog, by the way, and I love yours:-)

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