[Turkey] Exploring Istanbul with Gastromasa 2017
After exploring Cappadocia, we made our way to Istanbul for the 3rd International Gastromasa Gastronomy Conference but not before doing a bit of exploration in the cultural capital of Turkey first! The first activity that we did was to attend a baklava workshop at one of the most famous baklava shop Karakoy Gulluoglu. After donning some hairnet and protective cover for our clothes and shoes, we visited the factory where we got to watch how baklava comes to life from rolling out the phyllo dough with only 0.1mm in thickness, adding the various fillings, and finally finishing up with a hot syrup glaze. Here they showed us how thin their dough was by holding up a welcome sign for us from behind it!
Adding the pistachio fillings into the baklava.
After cutting the baklava, it was ready to go into the oven.
After the baklava had been baked, it still needed to go through one last step which was the super hot syrup bath.
Don't you just want to try them all?
We also visited the Tokapi Palace nearby which used to be the headquarters of Ottoman sultans. It now contains an impressive collection of Ottoman clothing, weapons, armors and religious relics.
No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to the Spice Bazaar! Built in 1660, it is one of the most famous covered shopping complex and you can find a variety of colorful spices, sweets, tea, etc. here - I even found a tea named “Melisa”!
Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain
Virgilio Martinez of Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru
Hiroyasu Kawate of Florilege in Tokyo, Japan
Gianluca Fusto - pastry consultant in Milan, Italy
Many thanks to the Gastromasa team for bringing all of us together!
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