Another Turkish dish similar to lahmacun or pide is etli ekmek, also known as “flatbread with meat”. Etli ekmek takes something from both dishes. It is very thin and has no empty edges like lahmacun, but on the contrary, it takes the elongated shape from pide. However, it is significantly longer. The recipe for etli ekmek originated in the city of Konya.
Turks are very hospitable, and this long bread is ideal for sharing with friends and family. It is served on a wooden board, consumed hot, cut into smaller slices. It is best enjoyed with yogurt ayran.
I had the opportunity to taste etli ekmek at the Üsküdar Simit Taşfırın bakery. One portion here costs 30 lira, which is approximately 1.60 EUR.
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