The first thing, With dessert already out-of-the-way, I scanned over the day’s offerings on display and opted for the classic – Hünkar Beğendi . The dish’s name focuses on the smoked eggplant purée that acts as a bedding for whatever protein is placed on top. I’ve made it with beef, served it with octopus but traditionally stewed lamb in a reddened sauce is the accompaniment.
The taste of this smoked eggplant purée is creamy, it’s thick, it’s cheesy and it’s wonderful when paired with a mouthful of this stewed lamb. Hünkar Beğendi ’s flavour is so delicious that it’s even evoked a few stories surrounding it’s origins: one story is that the famed kitchens of Ottoman Sultan Murad IV created this dish and that it easily became his favourite, “Sultan’s Favourite”. Another story surrounded around famous Ottoman concubine Hünkar, a notoriously hard-to-please gourmand who loved this combo (perhaps the Sultan loved the dish as much as the concubine?)
The third “Hünkar” story goes like this: the dish was served to Empress Eugenie, wife of Napolean II, on a visit to Istanbul in the 1860′s. Sultan Abdul Aziz I was eager to please and he ordered the kitchen staff to prepare the best of Ottoman cuisine to the Empress. Eugenie was delighted! She sent one of her own French chefs into the kitchen to retrieve the recipe. The Sultan’s chef through out the Frenchman with the words, “an imperial chef cooks with his feelings, his eyes and his nose. Somebody must have “sung” as the recipe is now a Turkish fave found in restaurants throughout Turkey!
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