Eating Turkish Delight and drinking Turkish Tea in Istanbul, Turkey (İstanbul’da Türk Lokumu yemek)
I was first enamored by Turkish Delight while reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a young child. It just happened that one of my Mom’s best friends had recently returned from Turkey and brought back Turkish delight. I was able to try the authentic thing and I fell in love with this delicious sweet on the very first bite.
Turkish delight, also known as Lokum is a confection consisting of gel, starch and sugar dusted with icing sugar. It comes a variety of different flavors including many of fruits such as kiwi, strawberry, pomegranate, orange, lemon and apple. My personal favorites are strawberry and pomegranate.
Premium versions come stuffed with nuts, dates, walnuts or even pistachios. The most expensive variety I’ve seen included pistachios and shredded coconut.
While wandering around in Istanbul we spotted a two stores specializing in Turkish delight and other Turkish desserts such as Baklava. We decided to sit down and enjoy a couple of plates of Turkish Delight over a cup of Turkish Tea.
I ended up ordering strawberry Turkish delight dusted with icing sugar while Audrey selected a Pomegranate flavored one stuffed with pistachios and covered in shredded coconut.
I tried Turkish Apple Tea which tasted very similar to warm apple cider. It was a perfect compliment to the sweet Turkish candy.