As Turkish people, we love and protect our desserts since we do own quite a lot in the world cuisine. However, having so many signature dishes come with its own struggle, like thinking of a name for it. Let’s accept that some of the examples I’m about to show you are not the best-named ones but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right? Some get their names from their shape, and some get from their ingredients. Here are 5 desserts with peculiar names:
- İmam Sarığı (The Turban of the Imam)
Let’s start with this one as you can understand from the picture, it does get its name from the shape. Added a real Imam turban for you to see how food imitates real life. 😊 With its exact shape I don’t think another name would fit this dessert. An easy-to-do recipe, you can have some imam sarığı next to your drink of choice any time of the day.
- Dilber Dudağı (Sweetheart’s Lips)
Another dessert that takes its name from the shape. Specifically made in Bursa, Dilber Dudağı is a baklava-like dessert with the shape of a lip. Inside walnut or hazelnut is added and to give the shape only half of the pastry is closed. When you look at it from a sentimental point of view, the name is quite romantic. Why not give it a try?
- Tavuk Göğsü (Chicken Breast)
If the name made you question your whole reality you’re not alone since there really is chicken breast in this dessert and that’s where its name comes from. Although whether there is chicken breast in this dessert is still considered a myth, it is quite a popular one and maybe that’s because of the very same reason. While there are fans of this dessert, there are also ones who don’t want chicken in their dessert. For this very understandable reason, there are “fake” chicken breast recipes, and you can try any one of them depending on your palate.
- Vezir Parmağı (Finger of the Vizier)
Due to its shape, the finger is understandable however the name vizier was probably given because this dessert has been around since Ottoman times and Viziers were the most important figures after Sultans. Maybe as a form of gratitude, they named the dessert the finger of the vizier. This dessert is loved by all in Turkey. So, don’t forget to try while you’re visiting!
- Hanım Göbeği (Woman’s Belly)
I can hear you saying, “What’s with all these dessert names related to women?” Well, it suffices to say that women have been seen as a muse for art for decades. I guess we are muses for food in Turkish culture. Since this dessert also comes from Ottoman times, these kinds of names are no surprise.
If you think “well, these are some bizarre names” just wait until I write another blog on Turkish food with weird names. These are just the tip of the iceberg. We do love weird names on our foods. In case you’d like to try these delicious desserts I gave you their recipes at the bottom of this page. However, since they are in Turkish you may have a hard time following the recipes. If you need help all you need to do is to send us an email and I’d be more than happy to help!
Don’t wanna bother with the recipes? Why not just buy some snack boxes instead? We have 13 different boxes I’m sure one of them will stand out for you. Trying new flavors is great in any form whether it is a dessert or an assortment of foreign candies from around the world. Putting the links to some of our most loved boxes for you to try out, and enjoy!