Amba in SEA?
Anyone have an insight on where to buy amba, a savory mango pickle condiment that is popular in Israel, Iraq and the Middle East. See, e.g.: http://bit.ly/19ebTtt . Indian-tyle mango pickle is not a substitute. Have called The Souk and DeLaurenti to no avail.
Both The Souk and PFI sell the Sadaf brand Persian-style anbeh torshi. See http://www.sadaf.com/sadaf-pickled-ma...
What is the substantive difference? It seems that in the Israeli falafel scene amba is often a syrupy/liquid sauce rather than chunky pickle (but with similar spices and likely similar flavor). However, I have also seen various recipes online for "amba" which result in a chunky product. According to Wikipedia, in a manner distinct from the Indian mango pickle called achar, amba omits oil. The Sadaf product above has some amount of cottonseed oil.
I just found Tazah brand "genuine amba" at Tawakal, a Somali grocery/eatery in Tukwila.
I was reminded what a great resource this place is. They usually have freshly made chappati Somali, sambusa and other breads and savory pastries, as well as unusual meats (including camel) and a host of other hard to find middle eastern and African products. The counter inside serves cheap take-out eats similar to what is served at Marwa restaurant next door.
15045 Tukwila International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188