Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Strange Sweets

Just when I almost forgot about our Istanbul trip, while browsing my hard drive my son pointed out a "strange sweets" he ate in Turkey.

In a matter of fact, nothing common we found in Istanbul - even sweets look and taste odd. This sweets is very sticky, runny, almost like caramel, however taste pretty much like flavoured honey. It smells very lemony (you can figure that out from the lemon on the centre of the plate).
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Other type of sweets are more famous such as this "Turkish Delight" and "Baklava".
The history of baklava is not well-documented. It has been claimed by many ethnic groups, but there is strong evidence that it is of Central Asian Turkic origin, with its current form being developed in the imperial kitchens of the Topkapı Palace. It has super nutty taste, excellently glued with some chocolaty sometimes coconut-ty hint.

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While Turkish delight (Lokum) is a confection that in the West is frequently manufactured from starch and sugar, but which in the Middle East takes a variety of forms more subtle, including premium varieties made almost solely of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts or walnuts. As you can see, the big resin seeded jelly like here....

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The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with flour (therefore need cutting... you don't bite that big chunk of sweets directly), icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of Tartar to prevent clinging. They are all sort of kind of flavour you can think of, from fruity taste, to herb such as mint or cinnamon. One of those pink ones actually taste like rose!

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As you can see, cutting this is no easy task. But that red one (pistachio and pomegranate) is one of my favourite.

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But one thing for sure, if you are diabetic don't come to Turkey unless you are thinking of commiting suicide. Because apparently - eating sweets stuff like this is a snack, receptionist, cafe waiters, going to offer these you again and again!

2 comments:

CathJ said...

Very interesting to see.. this must be very very sweet..

Ayie said...

sweets galore!