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Dec 14, 2011 10:25 AM

kosher street food- Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (esp. Tel Aviv)

Am visiting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in next couple of weeks. There are lots of internet sources on kosher restaurants, but nothing on kosher stands, street food etc.

Does anyone know anything about (or even WHERE TO FIND information about) kosher street food in those cities?

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  1. I can't speak at all about Tel Aviv, but as for Jerusalem, I really can't recall much street food.

    1. The closest I think you can get in both places is to just walk around Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv and Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem. Lately Machane Yehuda has started to have more of an upscale and cleaned up feel to it. Had lots of fun in both when I was there after Passover.

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      1. re: Pluckyduk8

        Most of the falafel/shawarma places open onto the street in major pedestrian areas.

      2. Shemesh on Jabotinsky in Ramat Gan has the BEST shawarma.

        1. If you get to Machane Yehuda, don't miss the Melech haHalva and the Mashke haMelech. (No relation.) (Yes, that was a joke.)

          Seriously, although the shuk has gotten upscale and a bit overpriced, it's the best place to try all sorts of dried fruits and nuts, odd beverages like "Mashke haMelech" (see the post where I discovered what's really in it) and Sachlav.

          "Melech ha Halva" is a stall that sells the largest selection of halvah you have ever seen in your life and they have a guy who stands outside wearing a crown and handing out samples.

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          1. re: SoCal Mother

            I tasted a sample last time I was in Machane Yehuda, and have been dreaming about going back there to buy some....but I've now heard there are serious question marks about the hechsher:( does anyone have any solid info on the current kashrut status?

            1. re: Subtletea

              Uzi-Eli?? Oh no!!!

              As far as the shuk is concerned, each store is a separate entity and will have its own hashgacha or not as they prefer.

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                Thanks....I'll have to investigate further...

                1. re: Subtletea

                  The halva store is Mamlechet haHalva and the weird beverage that I liked at Uzi-Eli is called Mashke HaMelachim.

                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                    To clarify: it was the halva I was querying - I know nothing about angelic drinks!

                    1. re: Subtletea

                      I thought it had badatz. I really hope I'm right!

                        1. re: Subtletea

                          The last time that I was there, they had no Kosher Certificate.

                          1. re: jkessler48

                            I always check the certificate. The famous cheese store in the Shuk, Bashar was nailed in January of this year for having fake certificates for some of its cheeses from France.

                            That being said, I was there 2 weeks ago, and noticed more restaurants in the shuk.
                            Fish and Chips that is supposed to be good.

                            I went for my personal favorite - Meurav Yerushalmi. You need to be adventurous, as it is a mix of chicken pieces, liver, testicles, heart, and onions. Varies slightly from vendor to vendor, but its delicious,and around $8 for a pita.

                            1. re: jkessler48

                              I was just there a couple of hours ago & they did indeed have a teudah. It's deep inside the store, so it's not visible outside.

              2. re: SoCal Mother

                For those who keep kosher - you really do need to be aware of the food you get in the shuk. Not all of it is kosher. Not all restaurants in the shuk have certification.

                Street food that I'm aware in West Jerusalem (there is quite a lot in East Jerusalem - but none of it is kosher) would be limited to the various nut vendors on Ben Yehuda Street later at night. Also during the weekends, there are some hot dog vendors that show up. Again - can not comment on their kashrut certification or not.

              3. Egged station in Jerusalem has a great food court. All of the shopping malls do also. "Street food" is difficult if you need to find a place to wash and bentsch, but a food court is the next best thing.