Travelers allergic to sesame (susam) do
not usually have too difficult a time
in Turkey because sesame is used in limited ways in Turkish cuisine, and foods normally containing sesame can often be prepared omitting this ingredient.
You will encounter sesame seeds most commonly in simit (bread rolls covered in sesame seeds—a street snack), sweets and desserts, though you may also see some sesame seeds sprinkled on other breads, rolls, salads and some other foods.
Sunflower and olive
both of which Turkey produces in abundance, are the most common oils used in cooking.
This doesn't mean there can't be sesame
oil, but it would be used only in certain dishes as a flavoring.
In general, simple restaurants making
the common, traditional Turkish dishes
may use little sesame. Innovative,
more expensive restaurants may use
Here are some useful phrases:
[a jee-DEE] ah-lehr-ZHEEM vahr)
"I am allergic to sesame."
(SOO-sahm-AH jee-DEE ah-lehr-ZHEEM vahr)
"I am seriously allergic to sesame."
veya susam yağı yiyemem!
veh-yah SOO-sahm YAH-uh yee-YEH-mehm)
I can eat no sesame [seeds] or
Yersem, çok hasta olacağım!
(YEHR-sehm CHOK hahss-TAH oh-la-JAH-uhm)
"If I eat [it] I will be very ill."
Yalnız susamsız yemek yiyebilirm.
YAHL-nuhz soo-sahm-SUHZ yeh-mehk yee-yeh-bee-lee-reem
"I can only eat foods without sesame."