It was time to order my ice cream. I had a look at the ice cream cabinet and didn’t recognise many of the flavours. Sure it looked like ice cream. But I never had flavours like grape molasses and tahini, melon and feta cheese. So I did what any reasonable person would do. I asked the staff “what do you recommend?”. She asked me “Do you like Turkish delight?”.
I almost screamed out “YES!”.
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I love turkish delight. In fact, I had been slowly consuming some from a cadbury box over the past couple of weeks. Like how a python slowly digests an animal 100 times its size.
I was in Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream And Baklava in Newtown. My friend Jonno had invited me. But back to the ice cream.
Now back to me. Now back to the ice cream.
The two flavours I was recommended by the staff were:
1. Turkish delight (pink colour)
2. Caramelised fig and walnut (creamy colour)
So I’m sure you are all wondering what Turkish ice cream tastes like. Don’t worry Sauce fans, I’ve got you covered!
The actual ice cream itself is very sticky. This ice cream doesn’t melt as fast as normal ice cream. Its more solid. This is because it has a key ingredient which is a wild orchid root called salep. This gives the ice cream the stretchy texture. Its sticky and not as soft as regular ice cream. According to Vickie’s life who spoke to the owner, the ice cream is made of goat’s milk, cow milk, sugar and salep.
You really have to dig in with your spoon and scoop it up. It reminds me of Lebanese ice cream I get at Sweet City in Bankstown. However that particular ice cream I get has more of a gummy flavour.
It not as stretchy as some photos I’ve seen suggest. Well I couldn’t get it to stretch like that. I tried my best to make it look as stretchy as possible with multiple attempts with a photo. This is attempt #3:
The ice cream is hand churned by the owner and his wife makes the baklava (more on this later). I read in this article that in Turkey its traditionally eaten with a knife and fork. This is due to the stickiness. It didn’t taste as creamy or sugary as other ice cream. I’ve eat a lot of ice cream as I use to work in the city near Chinatown. Though I have started cutting down my ice cream habit.
Turkish Ice Cream Flavours
Here’s a list of the flavours on the menu and from what I gathered online. You won’t be able to see it clearly from my photos.
- grape molasses and tahini
- melon and feta cheese
- apricot and walnut
- caramelised fig and walnut
- sour cherry
- Turkish delight
Here’s what the ice cream cabinet looks like:
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the owner, Mr Bagriyanik said the odd flavour combinations weren’t the result of experimentation.
“Every flavour we make is a dish eaten in Turkey,” he said.” We’re not making up flavours like bubblegum or cherry ripe or weird and wonderful names — it’s actually traditionally eaten.”
When I first got there the store was full but no line. There were two ladies serving. But then a line started building up, Mr Bagriyanik came out to help serve as you can see below.
The cost of the ice cream for 2 scoops was $6. Which is on par with other places. All the food is less than $10. They also have other food such as borek, baklava and turkish coffee.
I’ll just put it out there – I love baklava! So when I saw the cabinent next to the ice cream my eyes lit up. Like a python about to digest a thousand pieces of baklava.
I don’t eat it that often as its very sugary. I usually get eat-in at Sweet City in Bankstown which has a huge collection of Lebanese baklava. I typically get a mixed plate which has baklava. I also occasionally pick some up from a local Lebanese grocery store. Its usually very sticky and sugary. So you can’t have that many pieces without OD’ing on the sugar.
I knew that I couldn’t come all the way to Hakiki in Newtown and only try the ice cream. So I decided to get some baklava. I was initially confused with the menu as it says 3 pieces of $9. However this is for a plate which you can sit down and eat. I was able to clarify with the staff that the ones in the cabinet you can buy per piece. Its $3 each.
Hakiki has a variety of flavours of Baklava. They have traditional ones like pistachio. The new and funky flavours I hadn’t seen before. So I had to try this one which is sour cherry (top tray). I also got a recommendation to try the Apple & Cinnamon flavour.
I got a takeaway box as the place was quite full. On the left is the apple and cinnamon baklava. On the right is the sour cherry, which you can tell by the red/purplish sour cherry oozing out the side.
In terms of the taste, it has more of a buttery flavour and less sugary than other baklava. I had half of each one. I shared the other half with Peter who was also in the store by himself. I had to exercise a little bit of moderation with the sugar! The sour cherry tasted like a blueberry pie because of its buttery & cherry flavour.
I’m definitely keen to go back and try the other flavours such as Grape molasses and tahini baklava with walnut!
More about Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream and Baklava
There are tables and seats available to eat-in, as well as some crates to sit outside. The crates are very Newtown. If you are a big group like we were of 12 people, you may seating a bit harder to find. There was also another group of 8 people in there sitting down. There are also about 6 tables which can fit 2 people each. We couldn’t find a table for our group which is understandable since we also went around 1.45pm which is a busy time. So we just got takeaway and found somewhere to eat outside.
I’ve always wanted to eat Turkish ice cream after hearing from some friends that live in Turkey. I have actually organised an ice cream meetup in 15 cities around the world for my previous work! I also went to the Gelato Tub meetup organised by my friend Tony Hollingsworth also in Newtown. So I’m a big fan of ice cream. I’m really digging this turkish ice cream and baklava. There are a lot of ice cream and froyo places in Newtown. A short walk towards Enmore and you can find Cow & Moon. There’s also Mooberry for Froyo and Gelatomassi in Newtown.
If you want to try something different and also tastes good, I’d recommend Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream and Baklava in Newtown. Its definetly a different experience. The staff are also friendly and informative about the food. I imagine this is as close to the real thing other than taking a 20 hour flight to get there from Sydney! Except this is a lot closer since its in Newtown.
8/10 on the sauce meter for Hakiki’s Turkish ice cream and baklava in Newtown.
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