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The Fisherman’s Restaurant at Old Jaffa Port. I’ll keep this short and sweet 🙂
Malabi, a creamy, popular Middle Eastern milk-based pudding. However, an Arab dessert, it has become a staple in Israel. Usually sweetened with rosewater, Malabi can be served with varied toppings such as nuts, pomegranate seeds or pistachios . Mine was served with strawberry sauce, coconut shaving and nuts. Also known as Muhallabieh, you can find this sweet treat as a street food item or upscale establishment.
Fun fact I’ve learned is that the recipe originally comes form Turkey and is an offering to Turkish Jewish weddings, symbolizing a ‘sweet’ journey ahead. How sweet!
The restaurant itself was simple – nice. It sits along the water offering indoor and outdoor dinning options with some eye catching and eye sore views. We were a large party who easily took up 3 – 4 tables. Service was pleasant, food was decent or good for those who have a huge appreciation for bread and hummus (basically Mediterranean food, but I’m not those people) yet clearly the dessert was something special. Not completely sure, but for those who care it may be the only kosher restaurant in Jaffa Port.
Getting back to the dessert, unfortunately, the coconut shavings interfered with my over enjoyment of this dessert, I’m not a fan of coconut, but my respect for the dish still remains. Our host covered the meal so I am unable to offer cost, but when you go, go with a huge appetite!
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