After reading in preparation for my trip to Istanbul, Turkey, I felt ready to try some new foods.
One new food was going to be a tangy yogurt like drink that one guide and culture book raved about, citing it as a “must” try food. This dairy drink is named “Ayran.”.
You say it “ahy-rawn.”
I was pleased to find it on the menu and also managed to pronounce it well enough to order it without finger pointing and gesturing – which were fairly common on this trip.
I anticipated a thick creamy drink in a tall glass.
Instead, this plastic cup with aluminum peel-back cover arrived.
Oh yea, and the straw. Don’t forget about the straw.
I opened the lid to reveal a very liquidy yogurt substance, that I should have shaken. D’oh!
I stirred fast and furious and the smell wafting up to my nose was tangy. Tangier still than the tangiest yogurt. Did I mention the straw and the liquidiness?
I leaned in, took the straw in my mouth and sucked up…straight and pure buttermilk.
And then I washed my mouth with my çay and desired Ayran no more.
Incidentally, I began to notice that every corner kiosk sells Aryan, that many many Turkish children gleefully plead for and enjoy sucking on an Ayran, it’s everywhere in Istanbul!
Somehow, I was still sated by my single sip.