The hunt for sahlep is over

For those of you who haven’t followed the ongoing saga of the salep, I discovered this drink at Your Inner Vagabond at Pennsic last year. It tastes like hot vanilla. I’ve been trying — in vain, so far — to find it in Montreal.

I found powdered salep (uncut, just the orchid root) at the Jean Talon Market on Tuesday. Yes, it was bloody expensive: $8 for about 2 teaspoons, enough for 3-4 servings. But it was the pure, unadulterated stuff, no cornstarch added.

I made some tonight. It’s wonderful. It’s everything I hoped it would be.

Except that it’s almost $3 a serving. Ah well, can’t have everything.

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