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35 (Hummus | フムス)

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?

イスラエルに来る前、良く聞かれたことが二つありました。
イスラエルの天気と食べ物についてです。

現在の天気はとにかくうそみたいに暑い。現地の人たちまでがびっくりするほどの暑さで、どんなささいな会話にも必ず紛れ込みます。昨日はどうやら最高気温が46°Cまであがったそう。ユバルは、この暑さの一番いいことは、去ったときだと言います。その見通しはしばらくの間期待できそうにもないので、今日はちょっとだけ食べ物について触れたいと思います。最初に取り上げる食べ物としてフムスほどふさわしいものはないのでしょうか。

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.

フムスはひよこ豆のディップ(ペースト)。イスラエルの代表的な料理です。と言っても、一般的には「中東系」の料理と知られているし、イスラエルでおいしいフムスを食べたければ大抵行くのが「アラブ系レストラン」と呼ばれる、いわゆるアラブ系ムスリムのイスラエル人が経営するレストラン。ではフムスは一体どこから来たのか?イスラエル料理といってふさわしいのか?「イスラエル料理」自体が一体何なのか、移民だらけの新しい国家だけあって明確ではありません。イスラエル料理といっても、ユダヤ系ではなくアラブ系?でもユバルは旧約聖書の中にフムスが登場すると言います。と言うことはユダヤ教の料理?フムスは考えてみたら複雑なイスラエル国家そのものを象徴してるかのようです。質問はこれくらいにして、私がどれだけフムスが好きなのかをお話しましょう。これに関しては複雑なことは何一つありません。

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.

しばらくフムスを食べないと、フムスのことを考えただけで思わずよだれが出てしまいそうになります。そしてやっとフムスを食べに行くと、お腹をペコペコに空かして行くのでほかに小さなサラダなどをたくさん頼みます。このほかのサラダもとてもおいしいのですが、いつもフムスのお皿が空っぽになるまでは手を出す気になりません。そして、この時点までは大抵私たちのテーブルはいっさい会話がないのです。とてもお腹がすいてるのと、フムスを食べる時は思わず真剣になってしまうからのようです。

先週末、新しい友達の家に遊びに行った時、帰る途中フムスを食べに行くことを伝えたら彼女は「フムスを食べた後運転するの?」と聞いてきました。確かにそうです。おいしいフムスを食べるとお腹が破裂しそうなくらいいっぱいになるし、体も重く感じるし。あまりにものいっぱいさに断食を検討してしまうかもしれません。私は次にフムスを食べに行くまでフムスの断食をしようかな〜。

Much love,
Kaori

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

    よだれが出てしまうって、笑っちゃった♪

    本当にフムス好きにはたまらないかも!

    本場のフムスは違うよねー、イスラエルで食べるとやっぱりもっと美味しい気がする↑↑

    • August 6, 2010 3:00 pm

      本当、フムスってこんなにおいしいものなんだ、ってこっちで実感させられました☆
      何が違うのだろうね??

  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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