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28 August 2012 (Msabaha)

August 28, 2012


Eating Msabaha at Abu Hassan in Jaffa | Jaffa(ヤッフォ)のアブ・ハサーンで食べたムサバハ

I know these photos don’t do Abu Hassan’s famous msabaha any justice but they were the only ones we were able to get before we hungrily dove in to our dishes. (Msabaha, for those of you unfamiliar with the dish, is a type of hummus.)

When people talk about hummus in Israel, I won’t be surprised if at least 80% of them immediately think of Abu Hassan.

When talking about hummus in Tel Aviv area, that number can easily go up to 90%.

And when it’s hummus in Jaffa, I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say 100% of people think of this place before any other.

Beyond famous, it seems more like basic knowledge among Israelis.

But then again hummus is a hot topic of discussion in this already very opinionated state of Israel so I welcome any comments suggesting otherwise!

Whether it is the most famous hummus in Israel or not, if you meet an Israeli for the first time and need an ice breaker, “Abu Hassan” may very well do the trick!

P.S. I have a bit of an obsession with hummus, and when I searched for “hummus” on this blog I was surprised to come up with only 10 entries so far!

ヤッフォの超有名なお店アブ・ハサーンのムサバハ
この写真はおいしさを納めるのに成功したとはとても言えないけど、これしか撮れなかったのです。
その後は二人ともひたすら食べるのに夢中でした。
ムサバハとはフムスの一種です。)

イスラエルでフムスの話題が上がる時、
約8割の人の頭の中にアブ・ハサーンが浮かんでもおかしくないと思います。

それがテルアビブ付近で食べに行くフムスとなると、約9割。

そしてヤッフォで食べに行くフムスとなると、
100%の人がこのお店をまず最初に頭に浮かべると言っても大げさではないと思います。

イスラエル人内ではアブ・ハサーンは有名を通り越して基礎知識みたいです。

しかしフムスはもともと口論が好きなイスラエル人にとってかなり熱い意見が飛び交う話題。
反対の意見のコメント、歓迎します!

でもイスラエル人に出会う機会があり何か話題がほしい場合は
「アブ・ハサーン」と言えば雰囲気が一気にほぐれるの間違いなし!

追伸:私のフムスへの愛はこのブログで何度も書いたつもりでしたが
今回試しに「hummus」を検索してみたらたったの10エントリーと以外と少なかったです。
でもフムス好きな方は是非過去のエントリーも読んでみてください!

Much love,
Kaori

5 Comments leave one →
  1. praisethelorne permalink
    August 30, 2012 5:09 am

    I made Hummus for the first time yesterday in culinary school. I added too much lemon juice, so we tried to balance it out by adding more water we cooked the chick peas in. Looking forward to trying this place the next time I’m in Tel Aviv.

    • August 30, 2012 4:49 pm

      Hummus is one dish I am too scared to try making on my own! How did yours come out? I once heard the key to a good hummus is all about cooking or soaking the chick peas just right.
      If you try Abu Hassan, please let me know what you think🙂

      • praisethelorne permalink
        August 31, 2012 3:20 pm

        Soak the chick peas over night with a tablespoon of Baking Soda mixed into the water. That was the cooking school tip. I plan on checking out Abu Hassan when I move to Tel Aviv in December.

  2. September 17, 2012 10:15 pm

    I live in Tel Aviv and although I don’t like hummus too much, I do like Abu Hassan’s hummus – best that I’ve tasted so far!

    • September 18, 2012 8:31 am

      I kind of like the whole experience of Abu Hassan… the waiting (and people watching), the guys that work there and their amazing speed with everything, and then finally the hummus🙂

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