When we first decided to take a visit to see my dad in Turkey, I didn’t think too much about what we would eat, my priorities were filled with buying pretty dresses and deciding how many cameras I would need for three days! However, as the trip grew closer I started to think about what I was going to eat, as being coeliac does come with some issues in foreign countries. I started too look for posts by my favourite gluten free bloggers but wasn’t able to find any concrete information about where the best places were to get gluten-free food and drink in Turkey and Istanbul.
Therefore I am now sitting on a balcony in Pendik enjoying the sunshine and getting ready to tell you guys all about my experience over the last few days of finding wheat-free food and drink. I’m hoping that I can make your lives a bit easier if you ever visit the country and need some coeliac-insider information.
The first thing I would say that everyone needs to know out here, is how to ask for gluten-free in the native language, which in this case is Turkish. I have put below some easy phrases to learn that will allow you to better communicate your needs in a restaurant.
Glutensiz – Gluten Free
Glutensiz mi satiyorsun – Do you sell gluten free?
Kac para – How much?
This part depends heavily on whether or not you plan to eat out during your time in the country, if your hotel serves you breakfast and dinner then your may not need to worry about finding too much food to keep yourself sustained. However, if you are like me and you find yourself wanting to explore a bit more with traditional cusine, then I have found a few places where you will be able to get options that are either gluten-free by nature of can be made gluten free if asked.
Most of the dishes in Turkey consist of grilled meat and vegetables with some cheese thrown in, so these will most likely be fine provided that you check if they have cooked the meat separate to anything else. You can also ask for the meal to come with salad instead of chips as this will prevent any unfortunates if the chips are coated in batter. During my time in Istanbul and Turkey I ate out a couple of places and didn’t have a reaction so I imagine that they were okay. I will be leaving links below to the places that we ate.
Shopping for Food
We didn’t do a lot of food shopping while we there but we did go into a couple of shops on our travels where we saw some gluten free options. They sold snacks for on the go as well as things like pasta and cooking sauces that you can use if you had the option to cook where you are staying. I know these options are available in Carafore and Migros.
I hope this has been helpful for you guys and if you have any other questions, just leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to help out.
See You Soon!
The North Shield Pub Chain- http://www.thenorthshieldtuzla.com