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Published June 6th 2019
In Melbourne, you can eat ice cream all year around simply because of the choices we have. But if you are looking for something different, then Cuppa Turca is amongst the best in terms of flavour combinations as well as offering vegan dairy-free options.
Located on High Street, Northcote, you can't miss this colourful Turkish cafe with mosaic decorative tiles, cushions and pillows to sit on and their signature chewy, springy and stretchy ice cream.
Turkey's dondurma is traditionally made using sweetened milk, mastic and salep, a flour made from the root of the purple orchid flower and responsible for its signature chew. Salep isn't found outside Turkey and not permitted for export. Thankfully they have come up with a salep substitute after months of experimenting.
The vegan rose version is made using coconut milk and rose petals, Turkish pistachio (the nuts are imported from Turkey and pounded by hand), a halva variety and a traditional mastic flavour. The stretchy scoops come in a cone, cup, in a wafer sandwich or in between baklava – the house special.
Check out for new flavours like fig, date, Turkish coffee and baklava, staying true to dondurma's Turkish roots. The 35-seat space handmakes other Turkish sweets and coffee, but it's not Turkish coffee as you know it.
Turkish Delight is one of my favourite flavours, it's so authentic and I love the taste of rosewater.