Melbourne's Best Snacks: The Borek Shop's spicy lamb borek

Published on 10 January 2022

Photo: The Borek Shop's spicy lamb borek (illustration: Joanna Hu).

Nancy Turan and her team of bakers have been baking börek, pide, and gözleme for Melburnians for 26 years, and the recipes have hardly changed since she first set up shop.

The original Queen Victoria Market stall (as well as the offshoots on Elizabeth Street and in the South Melbourne Market) was Turan’s way of introducing the foods and flavours of her home.

“To be honest, not many people knew what börek was when I started this business, and now everyone knows what it is,” she says. Each day they bake fresh batches of Turkish bread and pastries, with the spicy lamb börek a crowd favourite.

Juicy chopped meat is punctuated by heat, chilli, and herbs, all wrapped in a soft blanket of dough that’s crisp on the outside and tender and cloud-like on the inside. Other flavours include cheese and spinach, spicy potato and chicken.

The Borek Shop, Shop 95-96, Dairy Produce Hall, Queen Victoria Market and Cnr Victoria & Elizabeth Sts, Melbourne; The Borek Bakehouse, 481 Elizabeth St, Melbourne; Market Borek, Stall S9, Food Hall, South Melbourne Market, cnr Coventry & Cecil Sts, South Melbourne.

By Chynna Santos

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