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Oct 12
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Çiğ Köfte: The Raw Deal

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The usta at work -- photo by Yigal Schleifer
It may not quite be up there with Japan’s fugu, blowfish meat that if prepared incorrectly can lead to death, but Turkey’s çiğ köfte is one of those foods that carries with it a certain frisson of danger. Literally translated as “raw meatballs,” the dish is made out of uncooked beef or lamb that is kneaded together with bulgur, tomato and pepper pastes, herbs and spices and then turned into small, oblong-shaped patties that are rolled up in a piece of crisp lettuce and eaten as appetizers. The taste of the uncooked meat paste, together with the cool lettuce, gives the dish a pleasing freshness.

A kind of Turkish steak tartare, çiğ köfte (the first word is pronounced “chee”) usually draws worried looks from visitors, concerned that ingesting raw meat might end up compromising their holiday plans. We’ve been eating the stuff for years and have yet to experience an adverse reaction, but it would now appear that even Turks are starting to get skittish about eating raw meat. Continue…


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