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The food glossary +++ 'Yusi', 'Yulmucha', 'Yang-gomtang'

Yufka refers to ready-made very thin and delicate pastry dough or leaves used in Turkey and Greece for making sweet and savory dishes with fillings and stuffings, like Baklava and Börek/Boerek, respectively. 

Yufka which are sold in plastic packs are sometimes available in big supermarkets. If a Turkish foodshop is nearby, Yufka will definitely be available. If it is not readily  available, sheets of phyllo/filo dough can be use as a  substitute.

I encountered my first Yufka when I discovered a small Turkish shop nearby my home. I was so happy to find there, almost everything I want, like Lentils, preserved chilis, Olives, Eggplant, Banana pepper, Spinach, Chickpeas, Fresh herbs and spices, like Parsley, Dill  and most especially, the fresh Coriander which is my favorite.

Yufka is a work of a great cook. It is as thin as a paper, soft and delicate, like it was rolled and flattened and rolled again to arrive at the final product. I salute those Turkish housewives and cooks who still make Yufka today. It is truly an amazing food invention. I made my first experiment with Yufka, I think I failed, but now I know better how to handle Yufka. 

The pictures below is a pack of Yufka, I bought in this wonderful Turkish Foodshop where I only need  10 minutes to reach by foot. Now, I am excited to make Börek and maybe later my first Baklava and Im sure I will already be a Yufka friend.

Who will think that it is a dough, it looks like a very delicate thin textile. It is none other than Yufka.

 

 

Yeqarya Sinnig refers to a green pepper that is stuffed or filled with onion. Sinnig is one of Ethiopian's dishes which is usually serve as a side dish. Yeqarya Sinnig is also called Sinnig.

Yak-hwe is a Korean dish of raw beef plated with lettuce.

Yakitori is a Japanese dish of skewered chicken and vegetable chunks that are marinated and grilled. Japan's version of Kebabs.

Yatakelt shorbu refers to a spicy Ethiopian vegetable stew.

- Yaupon (Tea) : Yaupon refers to a tea made by the native Americans from the leaves of a plant similar to holly called Yapon leaves. Yaupon Tea is also called South Sea Islands Tea.

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