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FUN MAGAZINE, December, 2005.
authentic taste of Turkey
at TRUVA Turkish Restaurant
3, Lane 181, AnHe Rd., Sec. 2,
--By Josie Wu Translated by Cara Steenstra
Turkish cuisine is considered one of
the original three great world cuisines, together with
Chinese and French. At TRUVA Turkish Restaurant, Taipei
diners can now enjoy a truly authentic Turkish dining
experience. This establishment, with its distinctive
Trojan Horse logo, is owned by a very polite Turkish
gentleman, Timugin, whose hotel management experience
helps him oversee every little detail here.
Tim has painstakingly decorated the
restaurant with symbolic items from Turkey, including
Turkey's national flower, "the eye" symbols
offering protection from evil spirits, hand-crafted
pure silk rugs, and water pipes. Displayed in a glass
cabinet is a century-old traditional Turkish costume.
It is said that each pattern on the outfit took a month
to embroider. The subdued, stylish atmosphere matches
the latest design/style trends in Turkey, Tim explained.
TRUVA's menu is extensive and very
authentic thanks to the fact that the ovens, roasting
trays and even the professional chef with over 20 years
of experience all come from Turkey. The Turkish Shepherd
Salad (Coban Salata, NT$260) is made from chopped tomatoes,
green peppers, cucumbers, onions, parsley, black olives
and feta cheese, served with lemon juice, virgin olive
oil and balsamic vinaigrette. The Beyti (NT$440) is
minced meat blended with finely chopped Turkish pepper,
herbs and garlic. These are charcoal-grilled, wrapped
in Turkish Lavash bread, and served with yoghurt and
special tomato sauce.
The NT$380 TRUVA Special Mix Pita (Karisik
Pide TRUVA) is a combination of ground beef, Turkish
kashar cheese and potatoes, mixed with onions and Turkish
red peppers and parsley. The Iskender (NT$470/NT$560)
is seasoned beef, grilled on a vertical rotisserie skewer,
thinly sliced, and served with a special, fresh tomato
sauce, yogurt, boiled pounded wheat pilaf and Turkish
pita bread. The Adana Kebap Wrap (NT$380) is an authentic
blend of minced meat with a mixture of Turkish spices
and herbs, wrapped in Lavash bread with seasonal vegetables.
For dessert, try the world-famous Turkish
"Maras" chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Many
Turks enjoy mixing the flavors and the amazing rich,
chewy texture is derived from natural orchid roots.
You can also try the "Lion's Milk"--fairly
strong Raki liquor that changes color when you add ice.