Since starting this blog, we’ve noticed a bit of a theme to our daily life. We’re always meaning to go somewhere or do something, and on a lot of occasions, we never actually get round to doing it. This theme has been creeping into a lot of posts too, so recently we decided to kick ourselves up the backside and start to do the things we keep talking about doing. We climbed up to the Amyntas Lycian rock tomb in Fethiye, we took a day trip to Letoon and Xanthos and we finally decided to book that cheap flight to go and meet up with friends in Italy.
And last Friday, we ticked another we-really-must-go-there-one-day off the list. It was the opening ceremony of the Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival and we were at the big dolmuş station in Fethiye waiting for the dolmuş. Of course, we’d just missed one and there wasn’t going be another one for at least half an hour. What to do? Fethiye dolmuş station is not the most riveting of places and neither of us are very good at hanging around, waiting.
And then we remembered we were just around the corner from Konya Etli Ekmek. This place opened a good few years ago and every time we pass it on the dolmuş into Fethiye, we say, “Still never made it to there.” How can you not want to go to a place that advertises 1.5 metre long Konya Etli Ekmek (‘etli ekmek’ means bread with meat) for 6 Turkish Lira? We’d never had Konya etli ekmek – but that didn’t matter. We were curious and finally, our curiosity was about to be satisfied. Off we went.
Fethiye is full of eateries like this that open up and then close again as quickly as they opened. We thought this place must be doing something right as it’s stuck around to tell the tale and there are always customers eating here.
And, we were even more intrigued when we saw customer messages scribbled on to napkins and slotted between the tabletops and the glass covering. This person from Antalya wrote that the etli ekmek had wonderful flavour – they’ve had it before but it wasn’t as good as this one. The first thing they’ll do when they visit Fethiye is to come to Konya Etli Ekmek.
All looking good then. We scanned the menu but we were here for one thing only. It was time to try Konya etli ekmek. We ordered one between us – well it was only lunchtime and it is 1.5 metres long. The salad and the Antep ezmesi arrived first (included in the 6 TL price) and then out came the show stealer.
We made short work of our Konya etli ekmek. Verdict? Well the speed in which we polished it off means it was definitely a good choice for lunch. The base was thinner than pide – more like a lahmacun base – but the topping wasn’t spicy like it is on lahmacun. We spiced the tiny pieces of minced meat and finely chopped peppers by spreading a little ezme onto each piece, adding a little lettuce and then rolling it up.
There was also kuşbaşılı ekemek and mevlana ekmek on the menu. Having tried and wolfed down the konya etli ekmek, we’re now looking forward to trying those, too…oh yes, and the Konya fırın kebabı…looks like we’ve still got a lot to keep us occupied here, then!
Konya Etli Ekmek, Fethiye: Useful Info
- At just over 10 TL between us for the ekmek, Antep ezmesi, salad, a Diet Coke and a very lively ayran, this meal also easily makes it into our Fethiye Cheap Eats series.
- Alcohol is not served.
- Konya Etli Ekmek is on 137 Sokak that runs parallel to Inönü Bulvarı. It’s just opposite the entrance to the Tuesday Market in Fethiye.