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Jan 1, 2009 08:44 PM

Giant couscous in London.

Does anyone know where I can buy this please (a shop, not a restaurant)? SW location preferred.


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  1. I asked about this a few years ago. I can't remember what replies I got... nothing too helpful. I think that giant couscous is called Israeli couscous, and I had found a great recipe (still untried) for it. I look for it wherever I go but think a Middle Eastern shop is probably the best bet. I'll be interested to see what people suggest.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      You can buy Israeli couscous at Panzer in St Johns Wood.

      'Israeli Cous Cous' is, in fact, a type of pasta.

      1. re: loobcom

        Thanks, loobcom. Does this mean giant cous cous is something different then, than the Israeli? It sounds like the Israeli is in the same family as orzo but maybe larger?

        1. re: loobcom

          You may want to call ahead if you make a special trip to Panzer to buy Israeli couscous, as they had run out the last time I went. I did score some fregola though!

      2. Lebanese people call it "mougrabieh" - you should be able to find it in Damas Gate, Uxbridge Road (Shepherd's Bush). Not too familiar with SW London stores that could sell it, unfortunately, though any good Arabic supermarket should.

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        1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

          Damas Gate doesn't stock it, but the giant Tesco on the Cromwell Road definitely does, in the Kosher section. I think you can also get it on line.

          1. re: greedygirl

            Ah, fair enough greedygirl. Not been there in a while so was taking a guess.

            1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

              I was surprised not to find it there, tbh, and they don't have it in the excellent Persepolis in Peckham either.

        2. Thank you both....I'll report back.

          1. green valley on upper berkeley street, w1h 5qe stocks it. i know a couple of places in lewisham as well but doubt that's local for you.

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            1. re: abby d

              I'm on two wheels, so a minor diversion is pretty easy, and I'll try to get there soon.

              1. re: abby d

                Thanks from me, too. I'll try to get there next time I'm in the neighbourhood.

                1. re: abby d

                  Abby D . Can you please let me know where in Lewisham i can buy Israeli couscous. Many thanks DJP

                  1. re: abby d

                    I was there today.... not any large (Israeli) couscous in sight. They tried to get me to buy Moroccan couscous in a medium size, but I knew that wasn't right.

                  2. BTW, Sardinian cous cous aka fregola is also big, a good Italian shop might also be an option if this is what you're looking for. There are a few general posts on sardinian cous cous, hope you'll find them helpful:


                    And a search will pull up more.