If you like your kebabs then you'll be in heaven in Bodrum. The Turkish peninsula is famous country-wide for its kebabs, and in particular in relation to a famous folk song...
The ballad goes "I’ve come up from Çökertme and thank God, I’m alive and well." The song tells the story of a man who kills his sister and escapes from the law. Whilst on the run he falls in love with and kidnaps someone else’s ex-wife. He attempts to travel to the islands near Bodrum but is tricked by a fisherman who slips a sleeping pill into his drink and then reports him to the authorities. According to the folk song Çökertme is the village where the man was apprehended.
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In Turkish people’s minds, this song is irrevocably linked to Bodrum and the Çökertme kebab. This famous kebab is made with fajita beef marinated in olive oil and cooked over the grill. Served with matchstick French fries, yoghurt (with garlic if you prefer) and grilled tomatoes and green peppers. It’s a delicious local dish that you must try when in Bodrum.
The best places to try a Çökertme kebab in Bodrum
Sünger Pizza: Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi 218 Tel. +90 252 316 08 54
Casita Antik: Kıbrıs Şehitleri Caddesi 215 Tel. +90 252 313 24 84, www.casita.com.tr
Marina Köftecisi: Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi 158 Tel. +90 252 313 55 93
Avlu Bistro: Sanat Okulu Sokak 14 Tel. +90 252 316 36 94, www.facebook.com/avlubarbistro
Musto: Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi 130 Tel. +90 252 313 33 94, www.mustobistro.com
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