Dinner at Köfteci Hüseyin
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What pizza is to Americans is what Turkish people think of köfte (meatballs). They take it very seriously and it’s very delicious when done right. One of the best spots in Istanbul to have this dish is at Köfteci Hüseyin, which has been serving their delicious grilled meatballs since 1958. They open at 11am and close when they sell out. There’s only köfte on the menu along with piyaz (a cold white bean salad).
The founder Huseyin once said in an interview: “They ask me why I don’t serve soup or desserts; making kofte is what I do best and that’s our specialty. Every day we make kofte out of 40 kg of minced (ground beef), onion and bread crumbs and once the meat is finished, our job is finished for the day too, around 4 pm. They ask me why I don’t serve in the evenings; well, there are friends and family to see, time to pause, until the next kofte tomorrow”. 👍🧆
Köfteci Hüseyin, Istanbul (Sept 2019)
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