The Turkish word for breakfast is kahvaltı, meaning kahve-altı, under coffee. Translating to all the things you eat before coffee, which makes sense because unlike Americans, for breakfast, Turks are tea drinkers.
The main dish is Sucuklu Yumurta, sucuk cooked with eggs. Sucuk, is a dried, spicy sausage made of ground beef with spices like garlic, red pepper and cumin.
Similar to a bagel, simit is a circular bread dipped in grape molasses and rolled in sesame seeds.
You can purchase simit from streets stands for 1TL all over Istanbul or if you’re lucky like us, from simitçi. In certain residential areas you can find simitçi (person selling simit) who walks the streets shouting “simit”. We purchase ours through our front window, exchanging coins for simit.
OTHER BREAKFAST ITEMS
Also found on the table is white cheese (similar to feta), a variety of black and green olives, and freshly sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.