Around the World in 80 Bites – Bite 22

Simit Photo by Kimberley (c)2011
Simit
Photo by Kimberley (c)2011

Bite 22 – Simit 

Simit is basically a Turkish bagel. This street food is coated in seeds and can be made with refined flour or whole grain. Once the dough is made, then formed into an oversized doughnut shape, it is coated in molasses. This gives the simit its characteristic hint of sweetness.

“Man cannot live on bread alone” but this woman can and did. While travelling Turkey for 3 weeks, simit was my staple food. Easy to find, cheap and filling, it can be eaten plain as a snack, filled with vegetables, dipped in eggplant purée or spread with cheese or nut butter.

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