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August 2, 2010

Hummus at our favorite restaurant Nimer

Before coming to Israel, there were two things people asked me the most about the country.
The weather and the food.

The weather here is currently ridiculously hot. So hot that it raises even the locals’ eyebrows and creeps in to every small conversation of the day. It apparently went up to 46°C yesterday. The best part of the heat, Yuval says, is when it’s over. That prospect is looking pretty grim for a while. So today, I would like to do a short entry on the food, and what better dish to begin than hummus?



Hummus from a hummus restaurant inside our kibbutz

For those of you unfamiliar with hummus, it is a dip/paste made with garbanzo beans (chick peas) and one of the most popular Israeli dishes. That being said, today it most commonly seems to be considered a “middle eastern” dish and here in Israel the best hummus is often found in what are called “Arab restaurants” run mostly by Arab Muslim Israelis. So where exactly is hummus from? Is it proper to call it Israeli food? The definition of Israeli food itself is unclear as Israel is a young state full of immigrants from around the world. Is hummus an Arab Israeli food and not Jewish Israeli food? But Yuval says hummus is noted in the Old Testament, so is it Jewish food then? In a way, hummus seems to be symbolic of the complicated state of Israel itself. So let me stop with the questions already and tell you how much I love this dish. There’s nothing confusing about that.


Hummus at a restaurant in Daliyat El Carmel

If I haven’t eaten hummus in a while, the thought of it makes my mouth water. And when we finally do make it to one of our favorite hummus places, we usually also order a bunch of small salads because we arrive very hungry (intentionally). As delicious as the other salads are, I usually barely acknowledge them until the hummus plate is impeccably clean. And until this point, our table is silent. One, because we are both so hungry and two, because we are very serious diners when it comes to hummus.

This weekend we visited a new friend of ours and when we told her we were going to stop by for some hummus on the way home she asked, “How can you drive after eating hummus?” A very good question indeed. A good plate of hummus is likely to make you feel extremely full and significantly heavier that you may even consider fasting for a few days. I think I’ll go on a hummus fast until my next hummus experience.



Much love,

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:49 am

    Coucou ma belle !
    You will have to give me the recipe to make a real good hummus, because I found one in Elle Japan the other day, but I am not sure that it’s the real stuff! And I love it too!
    I used to go to that Lebanon restaurant in Bordeaux and the mama was making such a good hummus…
    Bisous !

    • August 5, 2010 4:15 pm

      salut Jenny!
      once I find a good hummus recipe i will let you know… it seems like one of those dishes that everyone has a different recipe for.
      i am on the quest to find the best 🙂
      bisous xx

      • Yuval permalink
        August 7, 2010 12:18 pm

        Sorry girls. obtaining a GOOD Humus recipe is practically impossible.
        The Humus recipe is guarded as the Humus-Ya most valuable secret! A good Humus master is paid like a well trained chef in a high end restaurant and will never share the recipe with other employees (I have a friend in Tel-Aviv who actually rented an apartment for his Humus chef in addition to a generous salary, just to be able to attract clients).

        But you are more than welcome to visit us here in Israel and we will take you to many good Humus places!

  2. Saminko permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:51 am

    おいしそーー! 私も「もうしばらく見たくない」って言うくらい食べてみたいな(笑)

    • August 5, 2010 4:16 pm

      そうなの、「もういい」と思うくらいが一番の食べ方だと思うよ 🙂

  3. すみ permalink
    August 5, 2010 5:44 pm




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  4. Abby permalink
    August 8, 2010 1:19 am

    OMG!! It looks amazing!! How lucky you are to eat such delicious food 🙂 I love your blog!!! xoxoxo

    • August 8, 2010 2:16 pm

      Thanks Abbs! All kinds of delicious hummus is waiting patiently for your arrival 🙂

  5. Jason permalink
    April 10, 2011 3:26 am

    Hey now, you can get hummus in Hamamatsu, in Shizuoka Japan,
    at Tirnan Og craft pub, KK House, and Slowporch in Hamakita.

    They have many flavors to choose from. The local brand is called Satorujava Traders Hummus.

    • April 10, 2011 10:13 pm

      Cool! I just met a person from Shizuoka actually. She’ll probably get a kick out that.

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