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Farfel Noodles - Where to buy?

jensterx Jul 28, 2009 02:01 PM

I'm visiting NYC for another week and my Bubbe has me on the hunt for farfel noodles. Not matzo farfel (which she claims is just broken piece of matzo), but the kind she says that come in bags like regular pasta. They're round on one side and "not" on the other. (This is her best description. :-))

If this sounds familiar to anyone and you can point me to a market or deli etc in Manhattan that sells these noodles, I'd greatly appreciate the assistance!


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    avitrek RE: jensterx Jul 28, 2009 03:07 PM

    I don't think I've ever seen these, but Supersol would be your best bet.

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      momrn RE: jensterx Jul 28, 2009 03:25 PM

      Where are you in Manhattan?

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        jensterx RE: momrn Jul 28, 2009 05:55 PM

        We're staying in Midtown/Hell's Kitchen area - but I've got some free time and can visit other parts of the city if needed.

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          weinstein5 RE: jensterx Jul 28, 2009 07:00 PM

          I have always understood bow tie pasta as to be farfel noodles - at least that is what my mother and grandmother use - bow tie should be available in any grocery store with a decent dried pasta section -

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            shoelace RE: weinstein5 Jul 28, 2009 08:11 PM

            i think she just means the farfel thats served kinda like couscous, check jew stores near the couscous thats sold in bags, if yorue heading out of the city both supersol and wassermans in kgh sell it

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              weinstein5 RE: shoelace Jul 28, 2009 08:27 PM

              to think I have been mislead by my mother - http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-farfe...

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                shoelace RE: weinstein5 Jul 28, 2009 08:58 PM

                lol, oh to count the ways

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        jaknny RE: jensterx Jul 28, 2009 09:40 PM

        I think your bubbe means one of two things when she says farfel noodles. Either tiny square noodled that we use in soup, which by the way we call farfel. They can be found on the UWS, Streit's I believe makes them and others. Or she might be talking about barley/toasted barley made by Mother's and I think Streit's. It's a noodle product not a vegetable but still call barley shaped noodles. They're both delicious. Try the Kosher Marketplace on Broadway.

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          cappucino RE: jaknny Jul 29, 2009 08:25 AM

          I agree. To me, farfel one of those two options. We use the rougher option found in the bag made by osem or mother's (next to the couscous). Bubby probably wants the flatter ones because they are more like old times. Either way, fry up some diced onion, add farfel, salt/pepper water/chicken soup and cook.

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            sig RE: cappucino Jul 29, 2009 09:53 AM

            I always buy Greenfields Toasted Farfel (EGG BARLEY), round and bumpy shaped.

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              p.j. RE: sig Jul 29, 2009 02:05 PM

              Aha! I have always wondered how "egg barley," which is served as a side dish, was made. I never understood what product one would buy to make it.
              Thanks, p.j.

          2. re: jaknny
            jensterx RE: jaknny Jul 30, 2009 06:45 PM

            Yes, yes... the tiny squares that are either in soup or boiled in water/broth and just served with a little butter. :-)

            I called her about the "Manishewitz toasted egg noodle - barley shape" that I found at the Food Emporium on 8th Ave and those apparently aren't the right ones. My next stop is the UWS.

            Thanks so much everyone for the help! I have a feeling I'll be bringing home a few different brands and then sending friends to buy more once I figure out which one "floats her boat"! :-)

            Yipee. Now I'm kind of excited to go hunting for farfel!

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              shoelace RE: jensterx Jul 30, 2009 07:17 PM

              im telling u she wants the ones i the bags, just ask the markets where the bagged couscous is and itll be with that

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                zsero RE: jensterx Jul 31, 2009 12:13 AM

                If you can make it down to Brooklyn, go to one of the Jewish supermarkets (Pomegranate, Landau's, Goldberg's, Friedman's, Glatt Mart, the Kollel store, etc.) and ask for it. They've got varieties including pre-spiced mixes that just need cooking.

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