When one talks about kumpir it’s usually associated with ‘Kumpir Sokak’, translating to ‘Baked Potato Street’, in Ortaköy. A nickname given to the main pedestrian street lined with kumpir and waffle stands that leads to the Ortaköy Mosque.
However, this iconic Istanbul street food can be found throughout the city and country.
As you arrive, a hot potato is pulled out of the oven and is split open as a man quickly mixes a small amount of butter and kaşar cheese into it, making the inside a perfect mashed consistency. Then it’s your turn to pick your toppings – and there’s no limit!
The choices vary but the common toppings featured are hot dog slices, corn, peas, pickles, green and black olives, russian salad (carrots, peas, corn mayonnaise), bulgur, ezme, mushrooms, spicy peppers and haydari yogurt.