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If you ever had Turkish cuisine, they are known for their vast list of desserts. The assortments of desserts come from the fact that Turkish cuisines came from the descendants of the Ottoman culture.

The culture is known to be highly sophisticated and elaborate fusion food of many culinary traditions found in the Empire. Due to the massive geographical scene, the desserts are influenced by the regions and variations from neighbouring Mediterranean and Persian countries.

The first dessert I would like to introduce is known as Ahsure, or Noah's Pudding. The name itself is derived from the Prophet Noah and according to Islamic belief, when Noah survived the big flood he made the pudding with the ingredients available. The recipe for this pudding varies in different


Ashure consists of three main ingredients namely grains, fruits and nuts

regions and families. Basically, the ingredients used are entirely vegan with a mixture of wheat, rice beans, sugar, dried fruits and nuts. This dessert is also eaten during religious occasions such as "The Day of Ahsure", and it is served during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

 


A Turkish ice cream vendor in Bukit Bintang

 

One of the most popular desserts in Turkey is the Turkish ice cream, also known as Dondurma. Dondurma stands out from the many types of ice cream because of its chewy consistency made from milk, mastic resin and salep (flour made from Orchid tubers). The gooey dessert requires lots of hard work with the help of a machine that pounds, stretches the ice cream into a dense, elastic mess. Turkish ice cream vendors are known for their cheeky nature when the ice cream is scraped into a cone and it is offered to the customers who find themselves holding an empty cone. The hilarious tricks go on for several times until the ice cream is finally served.


Gullac

 

Another traditional dessert similar to Ashure is known as Gullac. The milk-like dessert is made with corn starch, pomegranate, flour and a special kind of pastry. The name is derived from the use of Gullac leaves, which are rose leaves along with the rose syrup, giving the dessert a fragrant taste. Gullac is especially popular during Ramadan, because the light dessert helps the digestive system when one wants to break their fast.


Tavuk Gogsu looks like the Turkish version of Tau Foo Fa

 

Tavuk Gogsu is a Turkish dessert pudding interestingly using chicken that is pounded with sugar, rice flour and dusted with flavourings such as cinnamon. The dessert is considered a signature dish of Turkey and traditionally uses white chicken breast meat. This Turkish dish bears similarities to the Blancmange dessert that was common in the upper class cuisine of Europe.

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