The art of Burek
almost any corner in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
The art of Burek Novi Sad Reviews
Jun 30, 2007
Burek is a very popular dish in the region of Former Yugoslavia and surrounding area. According to the modern day internet bible (wikipedia):
"Börek are filled savory pastries popular throughout the former Ottoman Empire. They are made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo or yufka, and are filled with salty cheese (often feta), minced meat, potatoes or other vegetables."
"In Serbia and Macedonia, the word burek refers to special dough meal. Thick dough layers are squeezed with stuffing and a lot of fat in round baking pan and eventually closed with one big layer."
"The recipe for modern "round" burek was developed in Serbian town Niš, where it was introduced by famous Turkish baker Mehmed Oglu from Istanbul in 1498."
You can not go to this region without tasting burek. In my hometown of Novi Sad, and the rest of Serbia, burek is usually eaten for breakfast. Although, due to the large popularity and demand for it, it has now forced many bakery's to offer burek throughout the day (if not 24/7). Part of this rise in popularity is due to the Serbs living in diaspora and coming back home to visit. It is very hard to find anywhere else in the world the dough and the cheese to make the same taste burek as you have in Novi Sad / Serbia.
I personally like to have a cheese burek. I consider all other forms of burek just a fancy alteration from the original recipe (which is of course a cheese burek hehe). And of course the burek must be eaten with yogurt (otherwise you are sinning)
So where should you eat your Burek in Novi Sad? You will have no trouble finding a bakery that sells one - but if you ask for my personal favorite then that has to be the bakery "Kod Lukica" located in Liman 2 next to Jovan Popovic elementary school. Alternatively, in close 2nd you can get it at "Pekara Zeki" on Jevrejska street. If you can't locate those two, then in the end, whichever "buregdžinica" (in Serbian it means a bakery selling burek) you choose, it is very rare that you will be dissapointed.
Hope to catch you at a buregdžinica one day.
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