Sahlep from Istanbul Street Food Slideshow

Istanbul Street Food Slideshow

Yigal Schleifer
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On a foggy winter morning in Beyoglu’s backstreets, the call of the itinerant sahlep vendor can be heard long before his pushcart comes into view carrying a shiny brass samovar filled with the piping hot sweet drink, made from milk and ground orchid root and dusted with cinnamon. Just listen for the vendor’s call, “Sahhhhhlep!” Sahlep can be found being sold throughout the city from pushcart vendors in the fall and winter. It typically costs about 2 Turkish lira.