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Aşkana Mantı, Istanbul

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Mantı, which are sometimes described as Turkish ravioli, are pinched dumplings filled with meat. They are a specialty of Kayseri, a city in central Anatolia near Cappadocia, and are serve slathered in garlic and yogurt, then drizzled with melted butter. If this sounds like the perfect food, it kind of is—at least when it’s done right. Aşkana Mantı in Ulus is the place in Istanbul for this dish. When visiting this humble eatery in a residential area, start with çiğ börek (fried dough filled with minced meat) and pickled peppers followed by a hearty portion of mantı. I like to sprinkle some dried mint, chili and sumac on my dumplings and dig in. No alcohol. Aşkana Mantı is located in Ulus Mah. Metehan Sok. Turkel Apt. No:1 Open: Wed-Mon 12:00-22:00.

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2017-02-17T15:16:51+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Angie April 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I’ve been putting some thought into where I want to start planning a trip to later this year, and while Istanbul has always been on the to-do list, your last couple of posts have officially bumped it up to the number one spot. That picture of manti looks ridiculously good. What do you recommend is a good amount of time to spend in and around Istanbul?

    • Katie April 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      I recommend at least 5 days. Plan 10 if you really want to get a good overview of the city and its food culture. the place is huge

  2. Mamma Parla April 18, 2013 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Oh yum! We had this dish of deliciousness in the sweet town of Mustafapasa at “Old Greek House”. A memorable meal and unforgetable road trip! Your radar was spot on again:-)

  3. Melanie April 26, 2013 at 4:42 am - Reply

    My family is Armenian from Turkey, and manti is easily my favorite Turkish food (of the many delicacies). Putting this place on my list of places to go in Istanbul.

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