Konya Etli Ekmek – Could You Eat One?

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 mysterious Letoon and ancient 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.

Konya Etli Ekmek, Fethiye

What to do? Fethiye dolmuş station is not the most riveting of places and neither of us are very good at hanging around, waiting.

Konya Etli Ekmek

Konya Etli Ekmek is close to the main dolmuş station in Fethiye

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 just a few 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.

One Of The Stalwarts

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 onto napkins and slotted between the tabletops and the glass covering. One 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 price) and then out came the show stealer.

Konya Etli Ekmek

When served like this, Konya etli ekmek looks the part

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

  • For the ekmek, Antep ezmesi, salad, a Diet Coke and a very lively ayran, this meal was excellent value.
  • 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.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I was going to ask you how long it took to eat it, but guess it was so good that it didn’t matter than it was 1.5 meters long!

  2. @ Belinda: It’s cut up into strips and is quite thin so it didn’t take too long at all – and it was between us. 😉

  3. Must try it in June,can’t wait

  4. @ Laurie: Cheap and cheerful and more than edible. The menu’s in Turkish but if you don’t know Turkish, you’ll work it out. 🙂

  5. . . finding places like this is one of the truly great delights of this country. What’s good about this establishment is that they didn’t just transfer their culinary skills but eastern and Anatolian prices – Brilliant!

  6. @ Alan: Isn’t it just. The Konya etli ekmek is such good value for money and for us, the other great thing is the menu is in Turkish. These days in Fethiye, foreigners are handed English menus. Not good for those of us trying to practise our Turkish. 🙂

  7. That etli ekmek picture is the best thing ever. Can I eat it?

    Apparently not, I only taste laptop monitor 🙁

  8. @ Anil: It was a more than satisfactory lunch, we have to say. More tasty than a laptop monitor anyway. 🙂

  9. Your etli ekmek looks very similar to the ones we had in Konya in March! However, ours was sliced up into 4 portions and piled onto a plate. Still wonderfully delicious!

    Good Eats in Konya, Turkey

  10. @ Joy: We were wondering if t looked like the real deal – or even if you could get konya etli ekmek in Konya. Good to know you can. 🙂 We’re suckers for a bit of presentation. We liked the 1.5 metre long look. 🙂

  11. Looks delicious and fun to eat! Could you email me some ASAP ;-)!

  12. @ April: It was delicious and fun to eat and a good lunch, too, as etli ekmek isn’t as filling as it looks. Quite light. 🙂

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