Even though I rarely forget about desserts, in Israel it’s impossible to do so because just when you are so full you are wondering if you’ll manage to get out of your chair, the waiter comes to ask if you’d care for something sweet…
Out of all the desserts I’ve tried, excluding the ones I was previously familiar with, I developed special cravings for two of them:
- Malabi - A cold cornstarch pudding (similar to panna-cotta), sprinkled with rosewater and syrup. It is very simple, but so good you keep wanting more and it goes perfectly with Turkish coffee!
- Knafeh – A very unique tasting dessert, which can take some getting used to. It has a salty soft cheese center wrapped in orange-colored shredded pastry topped with very sweet syrup. I didn’t like it at first, but I have tasted several different kinds in the meantime and grew to like its unusual taste and texture.
The dishes in these three posts are just the tip of the culinary iceberg that is just waiting to be discovered in Israel. Friday mornings in Tel Aviv are especially interesting for all the foodies out there – it’s food market day in Dizengoff Center where you can sample and enjoy most of the dishes I mentioned and many more.
Would you believe it really is a big challenge to keep my weight in check?
Featured photo of Knafeh: anglosaxy.blogspot.com
Photo of food market: Zrinka Opašić, Tel Aviv/Israel
Zrinka’s blog: www.newchapter-tlv.com