Food in the Middle East is pretty meat-dominated, so if you are travelling with a vegetarian, it can be quite exhausting to get something to eat. For example, you walk for hours through the alleys of a Turkish bazaar, with delicious shish kebabs and köfte roasting left and right next to tomatoes on a charcoal grill, aubergines stuffed with minced meat and other delicacies filling the alleys with a smell that makes my mouth water. But we are now on the lookout for a mediocre restaurant that also serves something vegetarian…
In Iran it is even more complicated, because there is no distinct restaurant culture like in Turkey. A few fast food joints with hamburgers and kebabs, then one or two restaurants, well hidden in a basement or third floor (with a sign in Arabic script), that’s it. And there are no pide or börek here either… But there are all the more ice cream parlours.
Backpacking trip Middle East and Caucasus 2008
The Ziggurat of Choga Zanbil
Persepolis and Shiraz
Kashan and Qom