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Sahlep, Salep, Saloop, Sahleb, Sachlav?

annaesm Dec 30, 2007 07:47 AM

So we went to this hookah lounge in Astoria, Layali Beirut, and I had this warm milk-based drink. It was thick and sweet, and topped with chopped pistachios, some kind of spices, and had raisins inside. You can "drink" it with a spoon. The stuff is amazing! It's spelled "sahlep" on the menu.

I've been looking it up online, and apparently it's made with a powder of ground-up orchid roots.

So my question is two-fold:

1. Does anybody know of a reliably good recipe for the stuff?

2. Where can the powder be gotten?


Sorry, didn't mean to post this twice.

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  1. Caroline1 RE: annaesm Dec 30, 2007 08:02 AM


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      annaesm RE: Caroline1 Dec 30, 2007 03:02 PM


      Have you tried this brand? I should have mentioned in the original post that one of the friends last night (who grew up in Israel, where they also have Salep), said she tried making it from a mix and it came out awful.

      1. re: annaesm
        ariellasdaddy RE: annaesm Dec 30, 2007 06:14 PM

        Had the mix. Tasted like soap.

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