Sometimes, with Turkish food, all is not what it seems. Self-catering vegetarians visiting Turkey will be delighted by the variety and vibrancy of the colours of seasonal fruit and vegetables on the local markets. And whether you are vegetarian are not, the meze fridges of Turkish restaurants tempt people of all persuasions with non-meaty goodies like eggplant salad, barbunya pilaki and spicy Antep ezmesi.
However, vegetarians take note! There is a wonderful Turkish dish that appears on many menus in Fethiye restaurants: Aubergine kebab. The aubergine kebab (patlıcan kebabı) is indeed an aubergine kebab...but it tends to contain a good dose of meat.
Aubergine Kebab (Patlıcan Kebabı) Mozaik Bahçe styleYes, maybe the name of this kebab doesn't quite describe its contents too well. Our vegetarian friend nearly ordered it when we were at Mozaik Bahçe a couple of weeks back until I stopped her in her tracks. This little episode did, however, alert Barry to the fact that Aubergine Kebab was on the menu and he promptly ordered it. The vegetarian's loss was the meat-eater's gain!
So, if you are visiting Turkey and you order an aubergine kebab, know that you are in for a treat - if you eat meat that is. Large chunks of aubergine, alternated with juicy köfte and barbecued. The aubergine slices absorb the flavours and juices from the meat...and I'm making myself crave an aubergine kebab!