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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!









Much love,

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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