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Turkish Ice Cream?

lipoff Sep 25, 2006 04:19 AM

Has anyone seen Turkish Ice Cream (also known as dondurma) anywhere around Boston? This is the very thick ice cream with a very different texture that's often found in street vendors in Turkey. For more information see this Salon.com article: http://dir.salon.com/story/travel/fea...

Has anyone had it in Massachusetts?

  1. trufflehound Sep 25, 2006 11:32 AM

    Mmmm. My mother used to tell me about the elasticity of the ice cream in Syria. She thought it was mahleb, gum arabic that gave it that texture and consistency.
    Love to hear if anyone finds it.

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    1. re: trufflehound
      pamalamb Sep 25, 2006 03:00 PM

      Mahleb is a spice (one of my favorites), and it wouldn't change the texture of the ice cream.

    2. The Dairy Queen Sep 25, 2006 11:58 AM

      Great article. If you find a place that serves the salep (orchid tuber) ice cream, let us all know. And then find out if they serve the hot salep beverage they mention in the article. That stuff is fabulous in lieu of, say, hot chocolate.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen
        YianniP May 21, 2007 09:24 AM

        I had this at a Greek restaurant in upstate NY out of all places. Pagoto Kaimaki. It had mastic as well as pistacchios. It was like frozen nougat. Unreal.

      2. trufflehound Sep 26, 2006 02:15 AM

        Sorry, my arabic is rusty. I meant mastica, gum arabic.

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          cheesehead in recovery Sep 28, 2006 12:54 AM

          I second the salep / salahb... love that stuff! I've bought it in Sevan, and made it at home.. but the real thing (I've drank it all over the M.E. --Egypt, Turkey, Israel) was awesome. Please tell me if there's a place that serves it around here.

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            lilsprout8 Oct 4, 2006 12:51 PM

            I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for but maybe it's close enough, let me know if it's any good.
            www.booozah.com They say you can get it in whole foods market

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              linz May 21, 2007 09:12 PM

              Oleana has dondurma on their menu right now. And they *were* running an ice cream with mastic on the previous menu. This one is probably with sahlab, though. Definitely go.

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