Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote firebase in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan). I did see and eat schwarma served in a brotchen like bread in Kuwait. That was quite tasty, also.
In Kuwait, I also saw an unleavened flat bread that was like a wrap. It is made on a circular piece of metal placed over a heat source (see Kurdo, Kuwait’s own fast food chain, review for a photo of how one Kuwait restaurant makes it). We saw that same unleavened flat bread in Turkey at a roadside stop (gas station, restaurant, small stores, bathrooms).
Lynn had never seen it being made and was excited, so she asked to come in the area two women were making the bread and then stuffing or wrapping it with cheese, spinach, or both. They were sitting on the floor on carpets, essentially outside, as the walls were more like a tent. One was rolling out the dough, another slapping it on the metal dome to cook (this one heated by propane), while the roller was making the final product that was put back on the dome to heat up the ingredients. It was quite the assembly line. Of course we each got one with cheese and spinach. They were outstanding. Lynn asked if she could take photographs and the women were happy to oblige (one does not photograph Muslim women, especially Turkish women, without permission, and you should ask anyone you wish to photograph for permission, in any case, it is a matter of courtesy) and amused by the request.
Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish) had just started a few days prior (where Muslims fast all day) and we were always wondering where we would be able to eat during the day. In Kuwait, it is illegal to eat, drink, or even smoke in public during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan, but Turkey is much more lax in this regard. Lucky for us.
The restaurant also had other things and sheesha, the hookah with tobacco. I will write more about the roadside places in Turkey in another post. All I will say now is thank goodness we only saw a couple that had McDonald’s, that wonderful American contribution to the culinary world.