Q: I just got back from Cairo, where I tried several versions of a sour green soup called miloukia. Ever run across this in Los Angeles?
—D. Berkowitz, Hollywood
A: Miloukia, the name of a Middle Eastern herb as well as the soup made out of the herb, is the Egyptian equivalent of garlicky okra gumbo: thick, dense and viscous, with a distinctly mucusoid texture that is either off-putting or heaven itself, depending on your proclivities. Certain adepts are supposedly able to prepare the soup in a way that minimizes this slipperiness, but I can’t say that I have ever dined with any. Anyway, big bowls of miloukia are available as a Saturday special at Wahib’s Middle East Restaurant. The stuff has got to be healthy, just got to be . . . Wahib’s, 910 E. Main St., Alhambra, (626) 281-1006.
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