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Similar to Iranians, Turks are crazy for kebabs, and kebab restaurants are the most easy to find. Iskender kebab originates from Bursa, which, as a name, was even copyrighted by its inventor, others serving the same dish as 'Bursa kebab'. Cut meat, served with tomato sauce, yoghurt and a pepper, on a bed of cut bread, doesn't seem to be too amazing an invention, and I was, not surprisingly, not overly impressed.
A good mantu, stuffed dumplings in sour cream, is far better. For a sampling, we headed to the nearby town of Cumalıkızık (the letters i without dots are pronounced as a silent u), part of Bursa's world heritage site. On a Sunday morning, very popular with Turkish tourists for its market, we were seemingly the only foreigners in the whole town.