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.