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Mar 9, 2008 05:19 PM

Best pakaged Mouhamarra

So far my favourite is from a company called "Mets HanoBak", it is available at ExoFruits and National (in Westmount). I've tried Akhavan's version, but find it too sweet.
What other brands are available, and where can I get them?

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  1. «"Mets HanoBak", it is available at ExoFruits»

    Thanks for the tip. I tend to avoid the prepackaged Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spreads/dips (hummus, pesto, tapenade, tzatziki, etc.) since so many of them are pale and stale imitations of the real thing. And don't get me started about stuffed vine leaves... The exception is the excellent tzatziki and taramasalata at Supermarché PA. Will check out the HanoBak.

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    1. re: carswell

      I'm with you on the quality of prepackaged dips, though every once in a while I am pleasantly surprised.

      1. re: Moosemeat

        If you are interested in packaged baba ghanoush, Arouch makes a fantastic one. They are not sold in grocery stores though, only at their location in Parc-Ex and Laval.

        1. re: Moosemeat

          Finally tried the HanoBak muhammara (their spelling). Wowsa! Peppery, fruity, sweet and tangy with quite the chile kick (ingredients: hot red pepper, bread crumbs, onion, pomegrante molasses, tomato paste, cumin, oil, spices, salt & no preservatives -- what's not to like?). Good enough to serve to guests. And, while not in the same league, their hummus is pretty good, too. Hmm. Is it lunchtime yet?

        2. re: carswell

          I have found that many prepackaged spreads and dips are not what they should be except for a few .. for instance I have found that the Mediterraneo brand has excellent Basil Pesto, Tabole, Spinach dip and to My great surprise a dip made from Olive & nuts .. they can be found at some supermarkets but not all !!

          3500 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V1, CA

        3. Mets Hanobak are one of the best prepacked food around Montreal , for me they have the best Baba ganoush that is premade and in plastic containers !!

          1. Chez Apo (Beyrouth- Yerevan) on Faillon, in Villeray. Two blocks north and a few short blocks east of JTM.

            420 Faillon 270-1076

            1. Can anyone direct me to a source for Mets HanoBak in Plateau/ Mile End?

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              1. re: emerilcantcook

                You could always give them a call (514 365-2221) or shoot them an e-mail ( and ask.

                Have to say that the last batch of their muhammara I bought wasn't up to the previous ones. Maybe it was too fresh and the flavours hadn't had time to develop. Or maybe the flavour changes according to the ingredients they use (and this being late winter, peppers aren't bursting with flavour).

                Also a recent request for baba ghanoush at Arouch on de Liège in Park Ex was met with total incomprehension, even when I explained what it was in French and English.

                1. re: carswell

                  I had the same experience 2-3 months ago at the Laval location and figured the teenage staff weren't clued in, but now I am seriously concerned. Could it be they stopped selling it?

                  1. re: hungryann

                    There was a largish HanoBak here in NDG, corner Cavendish and Sherbrooke -which is now all papered up. Don't know if they've closed or are renovating, but it's been a while (2-3 weeks) and there are no signs indicatings what's going on.

                    1. re: maisonbistro

                      They went belly up, and not a really surprising. It's pretty hard to sell overpriced fruit and veg with a Provigo right across the street. We went in once to do a scan of their products and prices, and their Asian stuff was considerably more pricey than everyone's favourite Korean grocer down the street. In fact, there was nothing in the store that made me want to shop there.
                      I think they may have done well elsewhere, but it's not exactly a posh corner they chose to locate on.

                      1. re: bomobob

                        Not to mention hard to get to if you're by car.

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          Heck, even when you're on foot, crossing Sherbrooke at Cavendish is pretty unpleasant, and the place never did have appeal, even from across the street.

                2. re: emerilcantcook

                  On the Plateau, you can find them at Valmont's. They are packaged in small translucent square shaped plastic containers. They are in the open fridges near dips, feta cheese, etc. I like their falafel and hummus.

                  1. re: emerilcantcook

                    I found some HanoBak products at the PA on Parc/St Joseph. Unlike other spreads which are placed next to the cheese section, these are in the "health food" section far right end of the store. (assuming that your back is facing the entrance).

                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                      They are on special at PA this week (24 - 30 May 2010) so they should be at both branches, 1420 rue du Fort and avenue du Parc just north of St-Joseph. $2.69 a container, 270 to 315g.