Dondurma In Turkey
With so much to see, smell and savour in Istanbul, I nearly missed having my Dondurma in Turkey. As we were walking towards Sultanamet square from the Grand Market we heard a rhythmic, foot-tapping, throaty chant like song from a friendly red waist-coated guy. All this while he was dexterously manipulating a brown flubber, or so I thought, with a metal stick, when it hit us – Oh my God! That’s Ice-cream!!
After a lot of fun tricks set to music where I was sure my ice-cream was going to end up on my shoes, I got to taste it.
My cone of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry was soft, cold, stretchy and delicious and it stayed without melting for quite a while. The stretchiness is traditionally from the addition of salep & mastic, although apparently it’s more commercially viable to use guar gum than salep now.
This is probably the best way to eat an ice-cream. So much so that you want to be a kid, once again.
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