The dairy-based version of this dessert was always one of my favorite kinds of sweets. It's warm, creamy and sweet, it fits cold days at home.

Salep was originally made from Orchid tubers, today they are no longer used due to their high price and are replaced with corn starch (not to be confused with corn flour).

This version is free from animal products, gluten and is very easy to make. It is also versatile, it's easy to control the consistency of this dish so you can choose whether you want to have it as a beverage, cream or pudding.

Just remember to check the label if you want it gluten-free, even though corn-gluten is not the same gluten that bothers allergic people, it is many times handled without care and may get contaminated by other products that do contain gluten.

Ingredients (for one cup):

  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • Corn starch - 1.5 tablespoons for cream, 1 tablespoon for a beverage, 3 tablespoons for a pudding.
  • Two teaspoons of sugar (depending on the desired level of sweetness, I enjoy it sugar-free too)
  • A drop or two of vanilla extract


  1. Turn your stove on medium heat.
  2. Mix the soy milk, corn starch and sugar in a small pot on the stove using a whisk. (the heat will help the corn starch dissolve)
  3. Mix well, and don't stop! Because we don't want chunks of starch, you need to keep mixing.
  4. You'll know it's ready when it starts getting thick. the transition between the original liquid to the thicker ready state happens very quickly from the moment it begins, but it takes time, don't be tempted to add more corn starch even if it seems that nothing happens. When it's ready, serve it with cinnamon, grated coconut and a sweet syrup of your choice. (rose syrup is common here, but everything works)

Enjoy :)


DimSum describes themselves as "a neutrois bisexual biromantic from Tel-Aviv. I am a political activist for queer liberation, animal liberation, social justice, and against the occupation. I cook as a hobby and I see it as a way to concentrate on my thoughts without feeling lost. Things I've written were published in "Alternativa" magazine of the Israeli anarchist organization Unity (Achdut) and xGRRRLx, a feminist straight edge fanzine."