Börek can refer either to flakey phyllo dough or to boiled noodles that are layered with a variety of fillings. I’m a sucker for anything buttery so both types are fine by me. On my last day of a month long trip to Istanbul recently, I had a quite spectacular su böreği (the boiled noodle variety) layered with cheese and parsley at Borsa. It reminded me of the buttered noodles my mom used to make for my sister and I. Oh, nostalgia.

If you would like to try making yourself, consult the recipe from Binnur’s Turkish Cookbook. For more photos of Turkish food, visit my Flikr page.