Did I get your attention? Sorry, this post is not about the actual empire. Rather, it is about my idea for a new business should I ever move back to the States. The business will be called, “The Ottoman Kumpir.”
“What is Kumpir?” Glad you asked.
Kumpir is a stuffed potato, similar to the beloved twice-baked potato. It is easier to make, since it is not actually twice-baked.
After baking the potato, you simply use a fork to mash the innards and then add any of your favorite toppings to it. Who doesn’t love a baked potato any time of year?!
I’m thinking this would be great as a little lunch place. But would also work for food trucks (Philly loves their food trucks), and also as little stands in malls and places like hospital cafeterias, train stations, etc.
So, now to the good stuff. What’s on the menu?
The Ottoman Empire – this is the Turkish classic! Sliced hot dog (Sosis), green and black olives, pickles, corn, peas, and cheddar cheese served with mayonnaise and ketchup!
The Whit Wit – a Philly favorite! Cheesesteak with onions and ketchup. (In South Phily this is usually known as the “Wit Wit”, but I’ve decided to honor Philadelphia’s friend, Walt Whitman.
Rocky – Yo Adrian! I’m training! What’s for supper? Answer? A fully balanced diet! Meat, potato, and a veggie – yes, the classic BLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise!
Eakins Oval – topped with Mom’s homemade egg salad recipe
Little Pete’s – We can’t forget our neighbors, the Greeks! Black olives, feta, red onion, bell peppers, cucumber, and tomato, drizzled with olive oil.
The Rodman Bully – Everyone on Rodman St. loves their pork! Pork sausage, marinara, basil and provolone!
The South St. Salad – honoring the former Broad & South Sts. Garden of the Arts – romaine lettuce, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and peppers with your choice of cheese.
The Italian Market – Breaded Chicken Cutlet, Gravy & Provolone! (That’s red tomato sauce for youse guys who haven’t been to South Philly.)
The Reading Terminal – I think the Amish would approve! Chicken Pot Pie on a tater! Chicken, peas, onions, carrots and celery in chicken gravy.
The Brandywine – flowing like the river. Roasted eggplant and red peppers smothered in provolone.
The Art Museum – be creative and choose 4 of your own toppings!
I had to borrow a photo when I capture one. I couldn’t remember to take the photo before its half-eaten! I really have to go get something to eat now. I’m starving!
I would so love a good kumpir! have you ever tried one of the stalls in Ortakoy Market in Istanbul? Over looking the Bosphorus, it is a delicious experience, now I am starving too!:)
I’ll put that on my “to do” list Ozlem! Thanks!
Do you know where the word kumpir comes from? I don’t remember it from my first years in Turkey and now it’s everywhere.
I’ll have to do some research on that – I have no idea! But I know they have been around a while. It was a staple for students at METU back in the 90’s.
In the Aegean region, old people and the villagers sometimes call potatoes “kumpir.” I’ve also heard that an oven-baked potato is called kumpir. But as I said, these are both local sayings. Generally, when you say “kumpir” to someone, they understand the delicious dish in the picture above. 🙂
By the way, butter is a must in kumpir. It’s added during the mashing process when the potato is really hot so it would melt inside. It’s not considered as a topping, but as part of the original. So if you don’t want butter in yours, you should make sure you mention it when you order.
Thanks again Asli!
My hubby’s from a much earlier generation of METU and he doesn’t remember them at all. I wonder where and when they appeared.
Ok, now we really have to do some research! I’m on it!
OMG, what fantastic foodies you have in mind! Yes, you did get me with the “Ottoman Empire”. I was saving this post so I could savor all the pics I thought would be in it for as long as I felt like and then picking out which ones I would use as wallpaper on my desktop, but nooooo you played a joke on me…LOL! A good joke it is though. I love the eggplant idea and we will surely use it and the others. Thank you soooooo much for sharing cause we in Sharon Hill, PA, USA love it! Hey, when you gonna open? 🙂