Stuart Jay Raj – Maresh Turkey – Stretchy Mado Ice-cream 1 of 3

The trip to Marash was a crazy one to say the least. We rented a car at Mardin just near Syria and drove against the clock to get to Marash in time. All the flights were booked, so we had to make it within a few hours. Our amazing driver / fixer put a little too much faith in the Hyundai rental, and we sat at an average speed of 160-190 km/h all the way. What he forgot was that the faster you go, the more gas you use!… we came to the top of the mountain about 40 mins out of Marash and realised that the gas tank was nearly bone dry. Like something out of a movie, we rolled down the mountain, and then hobbled into the outskirts of the city on the smell of an oily rag… and JUST made it to a gas station before the car died. Needless to say, we made it and discovered the amazing stretchy goat’s milk Ice-Cream of Marash ‘Mado Dondurma’ – (Dondurma = ice-cream). The recipe is known only by 3 people (brothers / owners). Each person involved in making the ice-cream is compartmentalised and the full recipe is stored in different segments in different languages in different places. The taste was amazing – and 3 big boxes of the ice-cream made it all the way back to Thailand! (with a lot of help from some dry ice!) Enjoy.

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.