Turkish çay

In Turkish, the letter ç is pronounced as the English “ch” sound.  So, if you read the title of this post again, you might recognize a more familiar spelling of chai – or tea. 

Everywhere you go here, çay is offered.  After a meal, on the ferry, at the carpet shop, at a friend’s home…it’s delicious.  It served in little glass cups that are supposed to resemble a tulip – Turkey’s national flower.  Turkey actually brought the tulip to Holland, but now Holland gets all the credit for them.  Much like France gets credit for the Belgian “french” fry.

One of my first purchases once I get my apartment will be a Turkish çay kettle and glasses so I will be able to serve this to my friends.

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