For Sara Sadeeq, a recent university graduate, her love of Turkish television dramas is driven largely by her passion for cooking and love of foreign cuisine.
“I’m currently watching the Turkishseries ‘Small Crimes,’ which came out last year,” she said. “I love to cook, so when I follow a Turkish TV series, my focus is on the many kinds of food that is shown.”
Sadeeq does not hide her laughter when she declares her love for “simit,” a traditional round bread topped by sesame seeds, a staple part of any Turkish breakfast.
“Through Turkish TV dramas, I’m also familiar with Adana Kebap [a hand-minced meat kebab],” she said. “Someday I hope to visit Adana [a city in southern Turkey] and taste it myself.”
“I’m also now familiar with Turkey’s most famous tourist destinations, such as İzmir, Afyon, Adana, Bodrum and, of course, Istanbul,” she added.