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Jun 13, 2007 08:06 AM

Hunting for Harissa

Just found a delicious fish-pie sounding tagine recipe from the NY Times -- but, alas, have no harissa to go with. Anyone know where I might be able to find some harissa, ideally in West Hollywood/Hollywood area -- but could go Studio City direction as well...

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  1. Surfas has it but since you have specified your geographical range, have you tried Gelson's?

    1. I'd try Jon's market. The one I go to at Vermont/Hollywood seems to have everything from the Middle East, former Soviet Republics, and Latin America.

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      1. re: dtochs

        I am pretty sure they have Harrisa, there is also a Jons at Fountain & LaBrea.

        1. re: dtochs

          For sure they have it at the BBC Cafe in Beverly Hills under side orders for $4.00 with "all items can be packaged to go":

          Also, you could give Light My Fire a call which has hot spicy sauces, which is all they carry, from all over the world:

          Light My Fire
          3rd & Fairfax - Inside the Farmers Market - West Hollywood (ish).
          (323) 930-2484

          Backup, maybe?, also in the F.M.

          Mr. Marcel Gourmet Market

          1. re: JBC

            Updating my post - I also tried a version at Whole Foods but found it untasty and do NOT recommened it; Instead I really like the brand they sell at the Jordan Market (it comes canned in 2 sizes = $2 to $5 ?):

            Jordan Market (Persian/Middle Eastern).
            1449 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
            (310) 478-1706 or (310) 914-3361

            1. re: JBC

              Update on My Update ~ I've stopped by the Jordon Market 3 times in the last 2-3 mnths and they haven't had any. They say it's on order but to take this long, it must crossing the Atlantic by canoe

              1. re: JBC

                I had a terrible time trying to find it last weekend. Not at Jons, not at Whole Foods (Glendale), not at Cost Plus World Market, not at Gelson's.

                Is there some kind of harissa shortage going on or something? I didn't think it was *that* exotic of an ingredient.

                I ended up making my own and, I have to say, it was delicious -- and easier the schlepping to four stores to find it. I essentially followed Clifford Wright's recipe, but added some tomato paste and a lot more olive oil because I couldn't get the darn chiles to blend down.

                1. re: JBC

                  Update #3 ~ Stopped by The Jordon Market and they said they could no longer get the old Harissa any longer (it came in a yellow can, made in France) and was very smooth & creamy & spreadable (1 step thinner than your normal tomato paste).

                  Their replacement Harissa is:

                  Jericho - Tunisian Harrisa (Spicy)
                  Manufactured by Jericho Foods of North Hollywood, CA.

                  It looks very similar to the hot sauce you'll find in a small jar at a Vietnamese restaurant (grainy, chili seeds, ect.) and IMHO, it is so unlike the French version that I can NOT recommend it to anyone. You might as well get the Vietnamese (?) Chili sauce at your local market.

            2. re: dtochs

              FWIW, I couldn't find harissa at the Hollywood Jons today. I was told they don't carry it, which seems surprising.

            3. Larchmont Wine & Cheese has it.

              1. I would likewise check Latin markets, as I was in Farm Fresh on Sunset and thought I saw it also.

                1. Le Pain Quotidien sells a good version.