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Our first menamen!  or menemen!  (Turkish omelette) at cafe nearby.
06-OCT-2004 Andrys

Our first menamen! or menemen! (Turkish omelette) at cafe nearby.

The cafe was below the entrance at the top. We rode a very rocky road
in a hardy car with no shocks, belonging to the cafe owner.

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Andrys Basten24-Sep-2005 23:52
By the way, Naci,
I see your pbase name is 'airportboy" at Izmir. A wonderful young guy
helped us find help when we were given a rental car with almost no gas!
I wish I had his name and have always wanted to Thank him again.
Andrys Basten24-Sep-2005 23:49
Thank you, Naci -
I'm sure you're right! It was called "menamen" on that menu.
And we had this dish all over Turkey, from SE to SW, in every case on top of rice...
So, it must be a variant! to plop it on rice. And thank you for the more common
spelling. I will add that.

The recipes I see posted online mention tomatos, onions and eggs as basic and
some list green peppers as basic too, while others list them as optional.
Mushrooms were commonly added, in our case. And I loved the combination.
Texture and thickness varied from place to place though.

Near Aphrodisia, there was a wonderful lunch place, but they didn't have
this on the menu. When we asked for it, they said "Ahhh" and then brought
us something that looked just like what we had at Mt. Nemrut. Whatever it is,
it's highly recommended! OH, we had it at Cappadocia hotel and at Selcuk's
as well as at Ali Baba's in Kalkan a few times. Well, correction: we had
something called 'menamen' or 'menemn' but which looked and tasted similar :-)
LOVE this apparently varied dish and the country.
Guest 24-Sep-2005 21:38
Actually Menemen (menamen) receipt is only Green pepper, Tomato and Egg...
The Dish above is something really different local food. I real like to know what is it? looks delisious..
any way THANK YOU did a great job..
Loves from izmir
Naci Orpak
Andrys Basten15-Nov-2004 03:55
It's actually rice. They cook it somewhat differently.
And, no doubt, there's some subtle variation in growing it.
Usually quite delicious!
Benjamin 14-Nov-2004 23:07
What is the grain? Not quite rice.
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