This compact market is very well-stocked; on my first visit I took special note of the variety of pale cheeses.
More recently I was looking for ways to beat the heat. One fellow customer, who secured a handful of paper towels from the proprietor so I could mop my brow, pointed out a bottle of Dogonay brand salgam suyu (Shall-gahm Sue-you, 330 ml, $2). Salgam, for short, is fermented from turnips, purple carrots, and bulgar wheat; the predominantly sour flavor is spiked with chili pepper and salt. When chilled (at Turkiyem this bottle sat on a shelf, not in the refrigerator case), salgam might cut through the fattiness of kebabs or even serve as the Mediterranean counterpart to a restorative Bloody Mary.
A dimpled bottle of Nigde Gazozu (250 g., $1), however, promised faster, fizzier refreshment. Nigde, like the more widely distributed Uludag brand, bottles several flavors of soda pop (gazoz, in Turkish); most offer visual cues that immediately evoke their flavor. At a glance you might not guess that this colorless gazoz, which may be Nigde's original formula, smacks of raspberry.
Parting advice from the bottle's tagline: "Keep away from the sun and drink cold." That goes for the gazoz and for you, too.
46-31 Skillman Ave. (46th-47th Sts.), Sunnyside, Queens