Host: Berhan

Istanbul, Turkey

USD
$68-$162 per person

Traditional Turkish cuisine from the Aegean coast and Black Sea

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Berhan

Berhan was born in Germany and raised in Ankara, Turkey. Berhan’s father is from the Black Sea area, while her mother is from the Aegean coast, so she grew up learning to cook local Turkish dishes from both these regions, as well as Anatolian cuisine. Berhan learned to cook from her mother and her grandmother and has been cooking since she was 10 years old. She uses only fresh and organic ingredients, like the olive oil she uses that comes from her olive garden on Aegean cost. Turkish cuisine is about vegetables, fish, meat, rice and Turkish meze (like tapas) all cooked in pure olive oil or butter, and Berhan delights in meeting new people and sharing Turkish dishes like these with travelers from around the world.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Berhan lives in a modest apartment in Besiktas with her cat and two roommates. While you sip on your welcome drink Berhan will share more about local Turkish food and culture. Later you will sit together at the dining table to enjoy your meal, which might include dishes such as yogurt and chickpea soup, kisir (bulgur salad), kofte (meatballs), borek (crispy Turkish pastry), manti (traditional Turkish dumplings) and traditional tarhana (a delicious green lentil soup only available in the winter). Your meal will end with a dessert of either kazandibi (caramelized milk pudding) or asure (a sweet pudding of grains and dried fruit).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Berhan in her small kitchen to learn how to make 1-2 traditional Turkish dishes that you will eat together later. As Berhan's kitchen is small, you will do most of the prep work outside, in the dining area, and use the kitchen for the final cooking. You can expect to learn Berhan's mother's recipe for traditional dolma or sarma (stuffed grape leaves with minced vegetables and rice), one of Berhan's favorite dishes.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Berhan uses only fresh ingredients and buys all her fruits, vegetables and fish from the weekly farmers market in Besiktas Pazarı, every Saturday. The market has two floors; the top floor sells clothes and gözleme (traditional Turkish pastry), and the ground floor is filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts and pulses. Peruse the market together with Berhan and then return to Berhan's home, a 15-minute walk, to begin your cooking class and meal.

Notes: Please note that the market tour is only available on Saturdays.

Traveler reviews

Berhan is a warm and inviting host, and upon arrival, she served us with a fresh berry juice made with berries picked from her family farm near Ankara. We could clearly see the love and pride she had in the dishes she prepared for us. It was a true Ottoman feast. Berhan's home is ideally located just a short walk from the Bosphorus where you could enjoy a leisurely stroll afterwards to digest the delicious meal. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Joyce

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Berhan

$68-$162 USD

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Meet Berhan

Berhan was born in Germany and raised in Ankara, Turkey. Berhan’s father is from the Black Sea area, while her mother is from the Aegean coast, so she grew up learning to cook local Turkish dishes from both these regions, as well as Anatolian cuisine. Berhan learned to cook from her mother and her grandmother and has been cooking since she was 10 years old. She uses only fresh and organic ingredients, like the olive oil she uses that comes from her olive garden on Aegean cost. Turkish cuisine is about vegetables, fish, meat, rice and Turkish meze (like tapas) all cooked in pure olive oil or butter, and Berhan delights in meeting new people and sharing Turkish dishes like these with travelers from around the world.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Berhan lives in a modest apartment in Besiktas with her cat and two roommates. While you sip on your welcome drink Berhan will share more about local Turkish food and culture. Later you will sit together at the dining table to enjoy your meal, which might include dishes such as yogurt and chickpea soup, kisir (bulgur salad), kofte (meatballs), borek (crispy Turkish pastry), manti (traditional Turkish dumplings) and traditional tarhana (a delicious green lentil soup only available in the winter). Your meal will end with a dessert of either kazandibi (caramelized milk pudding) or asure (a sweet pudding of grains and dried fruit).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Berhan in her small kitchen to learn how to make 1-2 traditional Turkish dishes that you will eat together later. As Berhan's kitchen is small, you will do most of the prep work outside, in the dining area, and use the kitchen for the final cooking. You can expect to learn Berhan's mother's recipe for traditional dolma or sarma (stuffed grape leaves with minced vegetables and rice), one of Berhan's favorite dishes.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Berhan uses only fresh ingredients and buys all her fruits, vegetables and fish from the weekly farmers market in Besiktas Pazarı, every Saturday. The market has two floors; the top floor sells clothes and gözleme (traditional Turkish pastry), and the ground floor is filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts and pulses. Peruse the market together with Berhan and then return to Berhan's home, a 15-minute walk, to begin your cooking class and meal.

Notes: Please note that the market tour is only available on Saturdays.

Traveler reviews

Berhan is a warm and inviting host, and upon arrival, she served us with a fresh berry juice made with berries picked from her family farm near Ankara. We could clearly see the love and pride she had in the dishes she prepared for us. It was a true Ottoman feast. Berhan's home is ideally located just a short walk from the Bosphorus where you could enjoy a leisurely stroll afterwards to digest the delicious meal. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Joyce

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$82 $68 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$122 $100 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$162 $136 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
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