Where to buy quark cheese (túró)
I lived in Hungary for a bit, and am in love with túró, which I've since learned is generally called quark in English. Anybody know if (and where) I can buy it in Toronto?
I have found it in one of the cheese shops in St Lawrence. Olympic. I think. I've seen it in Brandts in Mississauga as well.
túró is also sold as "pressed cottage cheese", available at Loblaws (health/organic food section). I have also bought some at IGA. Various health food stores carry it, as well. It is usually located near the yogurt selections. Watch for various fat contents - 0.5% to 4%, the latter is most reminiscent of what you had in Hungary. Another problem is salt - for some reason canadian manufacturers add salt to it. It is possible, but not easy, to find one without salt. Lastly, these are not packaged in tubs like quark, but in lumpy white plastic "sacks". Good luck.
The answer is not that simple.
First of all the Hungarian word "túró" is generic to a group, like "salami", "cheese or "bread".
The two main groups are "tehén túró" - made from cow's milk and "juh túró" made from sheep's milk.
From those two basics they make many different variants. Depending on what you want to make, you use different products, co'product for sweet things, sheep products for savory things.
Availability in the Toronto region is reasonable.
For basic cow's milk product, there is a Blue Bell brand available from Highland Farms (and likely other sources). They also have a low fat version, that one does not work for the traditional Hungarian dishes.
The other source for the same style product is Daiter's on Bathurst St. just South of the 401. They call their version "cheese in a bag" and that is exactly what you get, the 'túró' in a wet canvas bag. More expensive but an excellent product.
For sheep's milk variety, "Liptói túró" is regularly available at Global Cheese on Kensington Market. Goes under the names 'liptoi' or 'liptauer'. It is the only thing that is suitable to make a decent "körözött".
I hope that helps.
from what I have tasted/tried, there is no quark in Toronto like the quark in Germany. A German dairy farmer explained that the cows diet (grass, vegetation), very cold winter temperature, affect the milk and thus the quark here doesn't have the taste like across the pond.
Vienna Fine Foods on Birchmount Rd (Scarborough), Food Depot International on Jutland Rd (Etobicoke), and Brandt on Mattawa Av (Mississauga) all carry it, but I'd call before going to check it is in. I'm sure Starsky's on Dundas also carries it.
Never tried quark in baking, but it makes an excellent veggie dip.
2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA