Why is Eastern Mediterranean food so amazing?
Dolmades, falafel, halloumi, hummous, saganaki, spanakopita, ful medames, tabouleh, plus lots of aubergine and courgette based dishes. So, so good.
That's some off my favorite food as well. It makes sense that it would be excellent, because that part of the world has been a crossroads for wealth and culture for a very long time. The east and west met right there. Greek, Turkish and Palestinian (including Lebanese) are all god tier.
I think because of the sheer amount of time it has had to build off of itself, as well as being in the midst of so many trading routes.
The same goes for Indian and Italian food imo.
Greek and Turkish dishes are pretty indistinguishable thanks to the Ottoman Empire occupying Greece for so long (and the Byzantine empire occupying Anatolia before that)
Btw Moussaka with bechemel sauce best Mediterranean food.
You are correct in that the two cuisines have lots of overlap because their histories overlap. But there are some differences. Greeks eat pork, Turks mostly do not. Turks favor spices more heavily than Greeks, who use herbs more frequently. Also Greeks cook with wine, Turks generally do not.
>island colonized by Greeks, Phoenicians, Turks, and Venetians
>develop cuisine from all over the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeastern Europe, and Greater Middle East
Feels good man.
Making Rice,lamb wrapped in Cabbage right now.
its called Malfouf.
These are fucking GOD-TIER but they're a bitch to make. Next time I might just bake it in the oven like a pie instead of shaping them into eggs.