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Old 2nd April 2012, 08:48   #1 (permalink)
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Bergama köfte

When I went to Pergamon, I had something called "Bergama köfte," which I think might be the best thing I had in Turkey (except for some hindi that my local kebap shop prepared for me, but that's pretty self-explanatory: chopped up and stir-fried, sprinkled with oregano and sesame, with soft flatbread to wrap it in). So I'm thinking that next time I'm in the United States, I have to make this for friends and family.

On one hand, I'm wondering if anybody knows a recipe? (I found one on the internet, but I'm certain there was more cumin than that recipe listed.)

I suspect that each restaurant probably has subtle (or not-so-subtle) variations. Do you think if I visit the place a few more times (I certainly intend to return to Pergamon), if I claimed I was going back to America and asked for the recipe to make it for friends and family, they'd give it to me?

Generally in America, of course, upscale restaurants and major chains don't like to give away their recipes, while low-mid level local places have no such issue. Since this place charges twelve lira for the köfte but two lira for çay, I assume it's on the more upscale end of things. (I'm fairly certain tea prices are a measure of the upscality of a place. Kahvehanes and tea shops charge 50-75 krs, kebap places tend to give it away free, and the Chinese place charges üç buçuk and of course I don't drink it there.) But A. I don't know the protocol in Turkey and B. I've found that foreigners can get away with a lot more in foreign countries than locals, or than they could at home. (In my case accidentally, in my observations too often intentionally.)

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Re: Bergama köfte

You can ask them from what is it made, 'Bergama köfte neden yapılıyor?'. Unless it's an expensive restaurant, I doubt they'd have an issue.

By the way, you should visit Recep Usta. One of the best places for food in İzmir and not too expensive.
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