Kokoreç, street food with a strong flavor
Kokoreç is a specialty for strong palates. It consists of a large skewer of lamb entrails cooked on a horizontal rotisserie. Before serving it is cut into small pieces, spices such as oregano and chilli are added, and it is used to fill an innocent-looking sandwich with a decidedly savory taste. One of the most loved Turkish street food sandwiches.
Curiosities about the Kokoreç street food
It is not a standard menu item in restaurants. It can be found in any street. Kokoreç can be cooked in many ways. One way is to cook it similar to Döner; with a horizontal skewer. The intestine parts are stacked together. This sort can be found in street vendors mostly. The most popular heating method is charcoal fire which gives it an extra rich flavour. After it is cooked, it is cut and put in a half or quarter portion of Turkish bread (somun). Tomatoes or spices can be added to it.
Another way to cook is to cut it after cleaning, mixing it with cut tomatoes and green peppers. After that, it is cooked on a big griddle in large quantities, and then it is added hot red pepper and oregano. It is constantly mixed and cut by the cooker using two spatulas in his hands during cooking. When done, the dish is kept warm.
Kokoreç can be served in many ways. It is usually served as a sandwich in form of Yarım Ekmek Kokoreç (Half-Bread) or Çeyrek Ekmek Kokoreç (Quarter-Bread). At the same time, it could be served without bread, on a plate, as a normal meal. Kokoreç is usually served with ayran, beer or cola.