However, these fried mussels were for me. I originally ordered just a bowl of fish soup and coban salata, or a Shepherd's Salad of diced cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and parsley. (I ate a bowl of coban salata at nearly every meal -- even those I cooked myself.) When the waiter suggested mussels, I couldn't resist. And I'm glad I didn't. Like the anchovies, mussels are a staple on Turkish tables. These were plucked fresh from the Sea of Marmara and deep-fried. You can also find stuffed mussels sold by street vendors all along the Golden Horn. They're worth trying, though eating warm shellfish from a kid on a corner takes no small measure of courage.