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Jul 9, 2011 01:18 PM

[DTW] Israeli Groceries?

Any hints for finding Israeli groceries in the Detroit area? I'm looking for a condiment known as schoog/schug/zhug (god knows how many other variations of spelling) (and god knows how many varieties of it there is, from a red hot sauce to a hot pesto-like thing).

I plan on making my own, but would like to try a commercial variety too.

I was thinking about the Russian Jewish groceries in the Oak Park area, but it has been a long time since I've been out there and I have no idea what still exists.

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  1. One Stop Kosher Groceries at 25155 Greenfield Rd in Southfield (248-569-5000) should be able to hook you up. Closed today, though :-).

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    1. re: VTB

      Thanks. Tuesday it is! I'm excited. :)

      ETA: Is this the place that used to be a Hiller's? I completely forgot about it.

      1. re: missmind

        If it used to be a Hiller's, that must have been years ago. One Stop is "well worn" so it surely has some kind of history. Regardless, it is well stocked. (Hiller's of course is another good option.)

        1. re: VTB

          I think it might the the location of the original Hiller's, and may have had another incarnation between that and One Stop. It really has been a long time since I spent time around there...and now I'm wanting Jerusalem Pizza.

          Jerusalem Pizza
          26025 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

          1. re: VTB

            Yes, it was a HIllers when we first moved to the area about 13 years ago.

            Agree that Hillers with the exception of the Berkley store (too small and world's most bizarre layout!) would be worth a try along with One Stop.

            You could also check Fruitasia, either 9/Coolidge or 13/Southfield, as they have some ME selections.

          2. re: missmind

            According to Wikipedia, schug (Skhug) is originally from Yemen, and popular in a number of middle eastern cuisines, so you might increase your local search to middle eastern markets in general.

            I also found it available online at the following website:



        2. The middle eastern markets along Dequindre in Sterling Heights may carry it for less than some of the specialty markets. Try International Food at Dequindre & 17 Mile or Arabic Town Market at Dequindre & 15 Mile. If you stop at Arabic Town, grab a few treats from Mid-East Pastry Delight, the middle astern bakery in the same plaza. Yum.

          1. Hiller's Markets has the Sabra brand zhug in the refrigerator case with the hummos.
            Babylon Market on Orchard Lake had a wonderful selection of Israeli products (i have not been there in some time),
            but why not make fresh zhug (pronounced something like schrug),it's so easy & it takes a few seconds in a blender or food processor.
            I make the green all the time:
            in a blender i put
            1-5 chopped hot green peppers (depending on how hot, i use whatever is around, jalapeno or serano),3 cloves garlic, 1 big bunch of cilantro, some ground cumin, ground cardamon & ground caraway (maybe 1/2 tsp each) pinch of salt, some ground black pepper & maybe a few tablespoons of olive oil.

            there's also a red version with a base of red hot peppers but I prefer the green. the fresh one you'll make will be so much better than the commercial.

            1. I saw some at farm fresh market, on 10 mile in oak park, when i was visiting dtw last week

              1. Thanks to everyone for the leads! I got some from One Stop in Southfield, and it was, IMO, worth the chase: red pepper paste + cumin = yummy. Now I have to figure out how to eat it other than from a spoon.