The first time I had a kokoreç sandwich, was at the end of a night of drinking. (A typical go-to drunk food). I was hungry and was told we were getting a spicy beef sandwich to cure the hunger…it was delicious! However, on the walk home I was told that it wasn’t spicy beef…it was actually lamb intestines.

Despite knowing the truth I tried it again sober, and found out that I LOVE kokoreç! It was as delicious and flavorful as the first time.

Cooked on a skewer and grilled horizontally, the lamb intestines are then chopped finely and mixed with tomatoes and spices like oregano, salt, cumin, chili flakes and more depending on how spicy you want it. The bread is heated up on the skewer and then filled with the meat and wrapped in paper for you to enjoy as a sandwich.


My new love for kokoreç is felt by many – Mirkelam has a song, Kokoreç. English translation of the lyrics here.




Pictured below is a kokoreç sandwich served with a cold, ayran drink. The perfect combination after a long and late night of drinking!




Reks Büfe & Kokoreç: Caferağa Mahallesi, Kadife Sokak, No 1/1-A, Kadıköy, İstanbul (across from Rexx Cinema)