Straight from Turkey, Qubbe lifts travel restrictions on your plate

As the cool breeze hit my face on the way to lunch, I realized that summer had already said goodbye and the blazing colors of fall were on their way. For the season ahead, there is no better food than grilled protein to feed rumbling stomachs, preparing to put on extra weight for the colder weather. Chuan’er and Yakitori are good, but for my taste a big piece of meat is always more tempting; a sip of wine, a bite of lamb shank and I live the life of a former royal. Luckily, just as I was about to start walking around such a place, my friend suggested we try Qubbe, a recently opened Turkish restaurant. And it perfectly met my desires.

After opening its doors to the public on September 5, this newcomer has already managed to mark a milestone in Beijing’s diverse gastronomic landscape by being the first Turkish restaurant owned and managed by Turkish talent. Located in Shang Beijing (yes, right next to the Turkish feast), the square that has housed many outstanding restaurants and bistros, Qubbe can still catch your eye with its spacious outdoor patio and tasty Middle Eastern interior design with a modern touch. The pierced pendant chandeliers and the floor encrusted with geometric patterns will certainly remind you of the country that connects Europe and Asia, as well as its fascinating history. And don’t be surprised if you see groups of people in costume walking in and out here, as the restaurant is right under the Yunus Emre Institute, aka the Turkish Cultural Center in Beijing.

Travelers who visit Turkey are likely to be fascinated by many dishes that they did not expect before the trip, as the cuisine is indeed less well known than, say, Chinese or Italian cuisine on the international scene, but she amazed countless diners with her unique flavor profile and expertise in handling various proteins. As a key position on the centuries-old Silk Road, the culinary culture that thrives on this land has been influenced by multiple civilizations and has benefited from the dazzling products and spices sold in local bazaars and caravans.

On our visit to Qubbe, which means ‘prosperity’ in the Turkish language, the first dish we welcomed to the table was the puffed bread, a pretty puffy pastry that is served stacked like soft pillows, reminiscent of a hot air balloon waiting to be seen. rise above the skyline of Cappadocia. Once you have taken a bite, it will transform into a spacious pocket in which you can add all the ingredients to your liking. It can be a tough choice to make here in Qubbe, but I personally think it pairs pretty well with hummus or those mouthwatering kebabs.

Speaking of doner kebab, nothing can undermine the place that Iskender kebaps hold in my heart when it comes to Turkish cuisine, and it is well done at Qubbe. This dish may still be a novelty to many Chinese diners, but has already attracted many loyal fans from all over the world with its thinly sliced, tender meat soaked in the mouth-watering tomato sauce and can be smeared with a layer of melting butter. or yogurt for added flavor. Although it may share the same name with the legendary Emperor Iskender who once conquered the vast lands of the Eurasian continent, this dish was invented in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century by a man called Iskender Efendi and represents the culinary culture of that once invincible Empire.

If you are a dairy lover, the assorted cheese board served here may amaze you even more than their kababs, as it not only features iconic regional cheeses, but also authentic side dishes and a dip, including different ones. olives from three Turkish towns, Nutella, regional jam and tahin-pekmez, a local treat made from sesame paste and molasses that is rarely found outside of Turkey.

Oh, and before you binge on all those goodies like I did, don’t forget to leave room for the candy. Besides the famous (or notorious) Turkish ice cream, Qubbe offers something a little nutty – the Mediterranean climate in Turkey is a boon for beekeeping and the growth of various nuts. In Turkish culture, sweetness is usually related to virtue and godly hearts, so it’s no wonder that the sweetness of their desserts often exceeds the imagination of many visitors. You’ve probably heard of Baklava, for example, with its layers of nuts, almonds, or pistachios tucked away in layers of paper-thin pastries – together they make this little cube that probably contains all the sugar you’ll ever have. need for a whole day, not to mention it’s usually served with honey dressing.

With the fluctuating pandemic situation and global travel restrictions, your next international adventure remains “to be determined” so why not take the opportunity to visit Qubbe and take your palate to Turkey.

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