Friday 31 July 2009

Souper Trooper!

I was in my favourite pideci (Turkish pizza restaurant) the other night. It's open 24/7, which is handy because the name of the restaurant is '7/24'. It's round the back of the main post office in Kusadasi if you're interested. You can't miss it, it's the one in the middle of the area famous for Turkish street walking prostitutes and directly opposite the hotel specialising in Ukranian 'escorts'. Just follow the transvestite hookers on mopeds (you'll probably hear them shouting selected terms from my 'random obscenities list' before you actually see them).

Once you've found the place, take a seat and browse the menu. They seem to have gone a bit more upmarket since I was last there (hence the scribbled and updated prices). Even the owner has shaved off his moustache, thus dragging himself into the 21st century (unaware that moustaches kinda came back in fashion with Earl).

Now a soup joint is kinda like a kebab shop in the UK. It's a place where piss-heads go to end their night. A little sustenance to sober them up enough to fool the copper that pulls them over for driving down the promenade naked.

Things can get a little lively at times and the owner has been known to reach for his baseball bat to calm a dispute. But, if you ask me, it's got to be the best soup and pide in town. I honestly recommend it.

So what kind of soup gets a Turk salivating after a heavy night on the Raki? Take a look at the menu below. It starts fine but swiftly goes very wrong. If this doesn't sober you up, not much will...


Nomad said...

Sounds like leftovers at the Frankenfurter mansion.
When I first came to Turkey, some smart-ass thought it would be pure delight to offer me some tripe soup, thinking, I suppose, that I would leap out of my seat and squeal like a 11 year old girl. He grinned with the smirk of Satan and said.."Intestines!" He was disappointed when I asked for a second bowl. Tip: Tripe soup is the best preventative for a raki headache. I will leave it to the scientists to explain it but it seems true by my personal experience.

Cosycarol said...

Yuuuggh, methinks that iskembe soup looks rancid! And nothing worse than tripe but pigs trotter soup?

In Gunlukbasi, Fethiye I recently frequented a lokanta 'Seckin', which is pretty good if I might add, On their menu includes list of translations and lists my favourite soup 'Ezo gelin' as 'sprayed lentil soup' - what the .... does that mean? Has someone been there after the raki session, and regurgitated?? Do they mean spicy and the printer got it badly wrong?! Translations, thats another topic eh!

Yes i do believe in the soup kitchen after a night in the bar but haven't prices gone up in your part of town BillFredo - now up to 7 YTL for a soup!? (Never plucked up courage to eat the Mixed soup yet.)

Anonymous said...

Miss Yedi 24 so much! Lived pretty close to it last year! Not impressed with the price increase though!! How are the poor reps earning enough to afford it now!! Best lentil soup in town!