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The Best Turkish Delight

October 30, 2009

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Picture this: You are in Melbourne. You are driving the 1.5hr trip back to the airport after a long day of work and realise that you will be two hours early for your flight back home. Do you:

(a) Proceed calmly to the airport and try and get on an earlier flight (and if that fails, proceed to option b)?

(b) Proceed calmly to the airport and sit in the Qantas Club lounge to drink wine and read a novel while waiting for your flight?

(c) Decide to drive another 30 minutes past the airport to go to a lovely little shop you discovered on your last trip to Melbourne?You know which one I did, right? The last time I went to that shop I bought lots of yummy things that I then had to stuff into my laptop bag. This time was no different…except I didn’t even have a laptop bag! I had just slipped my laptop into my handbag so I had one less thing to carry. Yeah I know, the extent of my laziness knows no bounds.

The good thing was that I could not figure out a way to bring home a gorgeous tagine that I spotted in the shop – way too bulky. I did buy a huge bag of the turkish delight that I have been craving ever since my first visit to this shop a few months ago. It is made locally and I have not managed to find anything similar in Sydney. The outer layer is like a chewier version of a marshmallow. The inside is your more standard type of turkish delight with a pistachio nut in the middle. And it is all rolled in coconut. Divine. I nearly choked when I saw that they had only 6 pieces left in the box when I arrived at the shop. Luckily the guy assured me that he had another box of them. I said I wanted about half a box. He said “there are 4 kilos in this box”. So I said “hmm…you are right, better make it a bit more than half the box”. It is about now that I should mention that at this morning’s weigh in at the gym I had put on two kilos!! I professed total ignorance when my trainer asked if I had any idea of the cause of this weight gain….

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I also bought a big bag of these spicy rice cracker things that Tara loves. We used to buy them in tiny packets at the Japanese shop for exorbitant sums until I discovered that middle eastern shops sell them by the bucket load. I bought two packets of pashmak – the turkish (?) fairy floss. They were $5/packet compared to the $18/packet at the deli up the road from me. I have no idea what I am going to do with them…but ofcourse I could not resist buying them!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2009 5:23 AM

    Did you carry all that home as hand luggage? Hahaha…I love that 2kg of turkish delight wasn’t enough. They look amazing – I’ve never seen Turkish Delight that looked like that before, nor have I ever seen the fairy floss, except on Masterchef (when they used it on top of homemade icecream).

    Celia

  2. November 9, 2009 5:31 AM

    I am a big fan of Turkish delight. Specially the sugar soaked pastry ones stuffed with pistas. Actually loved every bite of Turkey when we went there last year. See you soon

  3. November 9, 2009 3:36 PM

    Going by the look of those delights, anybody who loves sweets is bound to fall for them. But since I don’t have a sweet tooth, I think I wll settle for those spicy rice crackers. šŸ™‚

  4. December 1, 2009 5:13 PM

    Haha I would have done exactly the same! Great haul and what’s a kilo or 2 when it comes to this deliciousness! šŸ˜€

  5. Ruotian Yang permalink
    February 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    Gday,

    What’s the address of this shop?

    Regards,
    Ruotian Yang

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      February 15, 2010 4:22 PM

      I don’t know the name but I can give you directions. It is a litte street parallel to Sydney Road, near the intersection of Bell Street – I think called Elm Grove. On soon after you turn into the little street, you will see the shop on the right (before the shopping area car park). Good luck with finding it – it is worth finding! Eat some of that turkish delight for me!

  6. Ruotian Yang permalink
    February 15, 2010 5:05 PM

    I was walking down and up Sydney Road last weekend to find this shop. I ended up in a small chocolate shop, where the shopowner thought it was in one of the Southern European restaurants.

    I’ll go again this weekend. If I like it I’ll look around the airport too!

    Ruotian

    • Spice and more permalink
      February 16, 2010 8:51 AM

      Oh now I feel bad about taking so long to reply to your question. It is definitely worth hunting down this shop. It is a little middle eastern grocery shop and they also have a pizza oven and do interesting flat bread type of things for breakfast/lunch. It is a little street parallel to Sydney Road, on the airport side of Sydney Road (if that makes any sense) – sorry, I am not from Melbourne so rather sketchy directions from me!

  7. ruotian.yang@gmail.com permalink
    March 6, 2010 1:03 PM

    Hi Allison,

    I’ve walked from Royal Parade x Park St. down Sydney road 1km today. I haven’t found it yet – will keep walking tomorrow and see if there’s any luck/

    I moved to Melbourne from Adelaide in November last year. My boss is a typical foodie and she has ideas about where the sweets are. I figure I shouldn’t be beaten..

    Ruotian

    • spice and more permalink
      March 8, 2010 9:37 AM

      Oh dear, I am sorry I am giving you such terrible directions. I looked it up on the map and from memory it should be in this area where I have drawn the circle (in the block between Sydney, Bell and Waterfield). Good luck with finding it!

  8. EAS66 permalink
    March 9, 2012 9:58 AM

    Hi, just came across your post while on the hunt for some authentic turkish delight. If Ruotian Yang is still looking for the shop I think this is it:

    Al Alamy – Cafe Coburg
    6/51 Waterfield Street, Coburg Melbourne VIC 3058
    (03) 9355 8866 ā€Ž

    http://maps.google.com.au/maps/place?cid=950702825579263435&q=grocery&hl=en&ved=0CGQQ-gswAQ&sa=X&ei=tUVZT87DO-nxmAXmhMTpCA

    I’m going to head there in the next couple of days. Thanks for the tip!

  9. Ruotian Yang permalink
    March 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    EAS66,

    I made my way down the shop today. It’s a grocery store and cafe mix, don’t think turkish delight is served there.

    I enjoyed other shops down Sydney rd. There is this large Italian supermarket selling hand painted serving bowls, they were beautiful and I couldn’t help myself sparing that $14.95. This is the best buy of the day.

    Thanks for the update regardless. šŸ™‚

    Ruotian

  10. September 21, 2013 1:13 PM

    Traditional Turkish Delight Specialist

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