According to many authorities, Turkish cuisine occupies a very important place among world cuisines. Our multicultural cuisine is known and loved all over the world. However, when it comes to Turkish cuisine, there is an ongoing controversy! Menemen should be with onion or without? Raw meatballs belong to Adiyaman or Sanlıurfa? Is it worth eating kebab in Adana or Gaziantep? You can multiply the number of these controversial questions about Turkish cuisine …
On the other hand, discussions about Turkish cuisine have been going on in the international arena for a long time. Our neighbor Greece at various times comes to the fore with some “unique” dishes: yogurt, tzatziki or baklava are sold to the world as the famous delicacies of Greek cuisine! Another one of the “traditional” tastes of Greece, “kokoretsi” is currently on the agenda! TasteAtlas, an online food guide, has published the most popular offal in the world. Heads the list of kokoreci from Greece! Kokorets in fourth place! Of course, the list has sparked fierce controversy, especially on social media. There were those who once again accused Greece of owning one of the traditional Turkish delicacies, and those who argued that kokoretsi and kokorec are not the same dish. Let’s look at the details together.
The Croatian website TasteAtlas recently published a list of the 50 most delicious offal in the world.
Offal dishes around the world have been rated by real users. According to the site, the list of the world’s 50 tastiest offal came after a vote by “in the know” users who were confident they wouldn’t vote biased.
The list includes traditional offal dishes from various countries, from Romania to Italy, from Finland to Japan.
Kokoretsi, one of Greece’s traditional offal delicacies, topped the list.
In other words, according to the users who voted, the most delicious offal in the world was kokorezi in Greece. A Bulgarian liver dish called “country shot” came in second on the list, and a Romanian dish called “drob de miel” made from lamb offal came in third.
Kokorec, one of the most popular offal dishes in Turkey, came in at number four on the list.
The list of the most delicious offal has opened a new front in the “wars of tastes” between Turkey and Greece
In the list of the 50 most delicious offal dishes in the world, Greece, which took first place with a dish called kokoretsi, has once again been criticized for owning one of the flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine. However, there were those who argued that the situation is not what it seems.
The TasteAtlas website states that kokorets and kokoretsin are not the same thing.
website, “Kokorezi, a traditional Greek offal dish, has taken first place in the list of the world’s best offal dishes. One might wonder why Turkish kokorec is ranked 4th – isn’t it the same dish? The short answer is no.” In a statement that began with the word “kokorech”, he mentioned the differences between kokorech and kokoreci.
Accordingly, kokorech is produced only from the small intestine. Kokoretsi, on the other hand, is obtained by cooking the intestines with ingredients such as liver, kidney, and heart, as opposed to kokorecha. Despite this basic difference, there are also great similarities between the two dishes. For example, the main ingredients and cooking method used in both dishes are the same.
According to TasteAtlas, kokorech is a dish unique to Balkan geography. That is why different peoples of the region prepare this dish in their own way.
In addition, the related article pointed out that it is normal to see similar dishes between cultures with geographic and historical ties, and that differences arising from cultural diversity should be valued instead of focusing on discussions about the origins of dishes. However, this statement did not stop the discussion about kokoretsi and kokoreç from escalating.
The discussion of kokoretsi and kokoreç has become one of the most important items on the social media agenda.
Among the users of social networks who took part in the discussion were those who treated the situation with humor and those who harshly criticized Greece. Here are some of those social media posts…
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