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Amba in SEA?

equinoise Aug 8, 2013 10:22 AM

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.


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    mrnelso RE: equinoise Aug 9, 2013 01:31 AM

    Ask Sabra, at Turkish Delight for ideas for sources

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      broksonic RE: equinoise Aug 9, 2013 08:46 AM

      I've seen it at the Souk before.

      Here's a Seattle food bloggers recipe, btw, to make your own: http://herbivoracious.com/2012/09/qui...

      If you email him, he might know where you can procure..

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        equinoise RE: broksonic Aug 10, 2013 11:39 PM

        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.

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        mrnelso RE: equinoise Aug 14, 2013 02:03 AM

        Georgia's is Greek, but deals in imported condiments, as does
        Turkish Delight (Persia/Iran).
        St Demetrious Greek Festival involves lots of mom and pop importers of just such goods and is worth a visit in any event.

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          equinoise RE: mrnelso Aug 22, 2013 10:33 AM

          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
          (206) 439-9488

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