'Salep' a flour made from the tubers of the increasingly rare wild orchid is the key ingredient that gives the ice cream a distinct chewy and stretchy like consistency.
'Sahlep'- (rather confusingly) is a comforting hot drink the Turks make in winter dusted with cinnamon sold on the streets and ice cream bars.
Peds and I are huge fans of this exotic milk ice cream- it featured on our menu over the summer with Middle Eastern inspired flavours such as cardamom and pistachio brittle. Interestingly, in Turkey we discovered simple, regular flavours such as chocolate and lemon which worked very well with this style of ice cream. But, the flavour that wins hands down is one our favourite ingredients.. gum mastic.