The Turkish attitude toward mustard (hardal)
might best be explained by Turkish
poet Orhan Veli Kanık (1914-1950):
What a fool I am!
For how many years
have I failed to understand
place in the life of society.
"One cannot live without mustard."
This is what Abidin said lately
To those who had attained
The higher realms of enlightenment.
I know it's not necessary, mustard,
But God forbid anyone should be without
—Translated by Tom
So mustard is known
and used in Turkey, but it's not a
common ingredient in Turkish
Some chefs—particularly up-to-date
chefs making "fusion" cuisine—may use
it, but it's relatively uncommon.
If you're allergic to mustard, let
restaurant waiters and cooks know:
alerjim var! (hahr-DAHL
ah-lehr-ZHEEM vahr, "I'm allergic to
yeyemem! (HEECH hahr-DAHL
yee-YEH-mehm, "I cannot eat
If you're afraid that mayonnaise (mayonez) may
have mustard in it, you can add that
var! Hiç mayonez yeyemem!