Turkey – Midye dolma, one of the most famous dishes in Turkey


Location: Istanbul – Turkey

Language: Turkish

Duration: 00:02:27

Sound: natural

Source: A24 in Turkey

Restrictions: A24 subscribers

Date: 10/29/2022


Midye dolma “stuffed mussels” is one of the most famous dishes in Turkey, as it dates back to the era of Sultan Muhammad Al-Fateh. The dish was nicknamed “marine insects” due to its frequent consumption. It was introduced to Turkish cuisine through Armenian cuisine.

Today, it is one of the most popular Turkish dishes widely sold in kiosks, especially in coastal cities such as Istanbul, Izmir and Mardin.

The process of cooking it begins with collecting mussels from rocky places, abound with algae, in seas. The mussels are then cleaned well of accumulated sand and pebbles. After cleaning, the mussels are stuffed with rice, boiled and then eaten.

This dish is is sold in kiosks as a snack or appetizer, at affordable prices across all regions in Turkey.


– Soundbite (Nezadeh Koris – Turkish citizen): 

“People here love Midye dolma and kokorig, they eat these dishes in abundance here. Many take some to go so they can enjoy them at home.”

– Soundbite (Yusuf Celar – Turkish citizen):

“Midye dolma has become wide spread on social media sites and pages because it is a very delicious and popular dish. Mediji Ahmed restaurant is the most famous here for this dish. Midye dolma consists of mussels that are collected from the sea and then transferred to the kitchens, cleaned, cooked and stuffed with rice.”

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