The Turkish Cuisine Week celebrates Turkey’s deep-rooted culinary tradition and diverse dishes.
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Turkish cuisine is considered one of the “3 Great Cuisines” of the world, together with French and Chinese cuisine.
However, while Malaysians may be relatively familiar with kebabs, baklava, and hummus, there’s a lot more to Turkish cuisine to be explored!
To promote the best of Turkish cuisine, the Republic of Türkiye is presenting their unique foods at the Turkish Cuisine Week to be held at Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Yes, that means you can dig in and taste a wide variety of Turkey’s top food dishes, buffet-style, for one week only!
What To Expect
The special Turkish Cuisine buffet consists of a fantastic 35-dish selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
Look forward to Turkish appetizer specialties such as Yaprak Sarma (stuffed vine leaves with rice), Saksuka (eggplants with tomato salsa), and Arnavut Cigeri (fried lamb liver). Most of the vegetable-based appetizers are prepared in novel ways, hightened with tangy and mildly spicy flavours to whet the appetite. The Yaprak Sarma in particular is quite novel for its use of vine leaves and flavours, interestingly vaguely reminiscent of popiah.
Lovers of red meats will be pleased with the main course options, which heavily favour lamb-based dishes, such as the Kadinbudu kofte (fried minced lamb and rice) or the Eksili kofte (minced lamb balls stew). Most of the main courses are quite strongly seasoned, but in a way that’s complex and flavourful instead of cloying.
Look out for the fantastic Hunkar begendi, a dish of slow-cooked veal on hot eggplant rague aptly named Sultan’s Delight. Even if you may usually turn up your nose at eggplant, the rague is a rich creamy stew with lots of cheese that carries meat flavours amazingly well.
While Turkish desserts may appear visually plain, the taste is stunningly refined and complex. Of course, don’t miss the beloved Baklava pastries, though the Irmik Helvasi (Semolina Halwa) and Su Muhallebisi (rose water pudding) were also great choices to round out your meal.
Don’t forget to pick up a strong cup of Turkish coffee to go with your pink squares of Turkish Delight, which is supposed to be eaten together to balance out the unsweetened coffee!
(Ps. If you, like me, have only ever imagined Turkish Delight, and wondered how good it is for Edmund to sell out his entire family in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, then this is honestly your best chance to try it for yourself! Will I sell out my family for Turkish Delight? …Maybe.)
The buffet will only be available for a week from 21 – 27 May 2022 at Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Hotel. The Turkish Cuisine is priced at RM168 nett (Tuesday – Thursday) and RM188 nett (Friday – Sunday) for lunch; RM188 nett (Tuesday – Thursday) for dinner and RM248 nett (Friday – Sunday) for the premium dinner which includes an array of seafood and local Malaysian cuisine.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.