While not necessarily well known in the United States, the byrek sports over 700 years worth of history. Widely popular across Albania, Greece, and Turkey, the secret to the staying power of this flaky phyllo-dough pie is its sheer versatility. You can cram any number of fillings in between the layers of paper-thin crusts provided by these pastries, making them the perfect foundation to hand-craft a variety of flavors. The folks at Authentik Byrek are doing just that. This food truck rolls around Philadelphia, PA bringing this classic cuisine to the City of Brotherly Love.
The eclectic menu here has byreks in all varieties. You can enjoy some American fusion with a cheesesteak byrek, stuffed with that classic savory mix of ribeye, sautéed onions, and sharp cheddar. Cheese lover? Enjoy a byrek crammed with a creamy mix of ricotta, feta, and parmesan. And for your sweet tooth? Grab the baklava. Fans of international foods would be remiss to pass up these goodies, so be sure to hit up Authentik Byrek the next time your stomach’s rumbling. Or, better yet? Book ‘em for your own event. Guests will love your unique taste in caterer.
Chicken Tomato Pesto Pie — A byrek stuffed with juicy grilled chicken breast plus homemade pesto and tomatoes mixed with shredded cheese for some extra sharp flavor. Yum.