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Giant couscous in London.

Robin Joy Jan 1, 2009 08:44 PM

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


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  1. zuriga1 RE: Robin Joy Jan 1, 2009 10:14 PM

    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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      loobcom RE: zuriga1 Jan 4, 2009 12:08 AM

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

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

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        zuriga1 RE: loobcom Jan 4, 2009 01:28 PM

        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?

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          greedygirl RE: loobcom Jan 5, 2009 12:09 AM

          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!

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        Ibrahim.Salha RE: Robin Joy Jan 2, 2009 12:21 AM

        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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          greedygirl RE: Ibrahim.Salha Jan 4, 2009 12:57 AM

          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.

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            Ibrahim.Salha RE: greedygirl Jan 4, 2009 02:45 AM

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

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              greedygirl RE: Ibrahim.Salha Jan 4, 2009 06:55 AM

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

        2. Robin Joy RE: Robin Joy Jan 2, 2009 08:23 PM

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

          1. abby d RE: Robin Joy Jan 2, 2009 11:56 PM

            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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              Robin Joy RE: abby d Jan 3, 2009 07:52 AM

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

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                zuriga1 RE: abby d Jan 3, 2009 01:18 PM

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

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                  DJP RE: abby d Jul 13, 2009 02:12 PM

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

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                    zuriga1 RE: abby d Jul 15, 2009 07:52 AM

                    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. limster RE: Robin Joy Jan 4, 2009 03:15 PM

                    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.

                    1. babybat RE: Robin Joy Nov 7, 2009 12:15 PM

                      Apologies for the bump, but in case any UK CH'ers are still looking for it, I found toasted giant (Israeli) couscous in Holland and Barretts today, £1.49 for 250g.

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                        stanleyk RE: babybat Nov 7, 2009 01:11 PM

                        I just had some for dinner purchased from Waitrose, Merchant Gourmet range I think

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                          Harters RE: stanleyk Nov 8, 2009 02:35 AM

                          Merchant Gourmet certainly stock a "giant" couscous (and very nice it is too).

                          Dunno whether it's the same thing as Americans call "Israeli" couscous, although I'd have thought it unlikely that companies would tend to think this a good marketing description for something here.

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                            zuriga1 RE: Harters Nov 8, 2009 03:12 AM

                            I'm not sure if it's the same thing either, John. From Merchant Gourmet's website, I can't get a good enough idea about the size of the grains. I'm still working on a supply of Israeli couscous that I got at Panzer's in London quite awhile ago.

                            I see that MG also stocks orzo, which isn't the easiest thing to find down my way.

                            Why wouldn't companies tend to think calling it Israeli couscous is a good idea for something here? (Not aiming to get political.)

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                              Harters RE: zuriga1 Nov 8, 2009 07:03 AM


                              Sorry - can't expand further without being political.

                              But, on a related matter, where I can speak from food fact rather than political opinion, there is a current issue at Government level about how British supermarkets label "country of origin" on produce that originates from Israeli occupied Palestine. I know this as fact as it is an issue I've raised with my MP and which he has taken up with the relevent Minister. Without wishing to get too far off topic, the response was that the Minister is working with the industry and European counterparts to try to come to an agreed form of words that makes it clear who has farmed it.

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                                zuriga1 RE: Harters Nov 8, 2009 07:26 AM

                                Point taken.

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