Salloum Brothers zaatar $3.50 for 500g
I'm such a sucker for a bargain. Warehouse and discount outlet shopping has long been a weekend pastime of mine, and new discoveries are always relished with hand-clapping glee.
We recently discovered Harkola Food World Wide courtesy of D, a foodie friend-of-a-friend. It's completely off-the-beaten track of the main Auburn shopping strip, a short drive away into semi-industrial territory.
An open gate leads the way into the backdock carpark and we walk through garage doors into an unembellished warehouse stacked floor to ceiling with groceries and dried goods.
We're in Sydney's Turkish heartland and the food on offer reflects this. I immediately grab a giant 500g bag of za'atar for only $3.50--why pay a fortune to have it packaged into pretty little jars of glass or plastic?
Shelves of olive oil and olives
Legumes and pulses
On one occasion we headed here for burghul to make tabbouleh. Our utter confusion at being presented with six different shades and grades of cracked wheat (who knew?) was quickly eased by the helpful assistant behind the nut counter.
Nuts, dried fruit and chocolate coated treats
The service area for loose nuts, dried fruit and chocolate treats is perfect for any home baker. Last year we made Christmas fruit cakes and buying ingredients from here was much cheaper than heading to your local supermarket. They also have loose herbs and spices behind the counter and the family staff here are always friendly and happy to answer questions.
Nuts and seeds
Plenty of goodies keep us skipping from aisle for aisle. There are towers of pizza boxes for commercial use, sacks of rice, tubs of halva and intriguing biscuits and teas.
Cortas pomegranate molasses $3.28
I picked up a bottle of pomegranate molasses last time --it's meant to be great on roasted meats, salads or used in cakes. And being the excitable foodie kids at heart that we are, any giant always caught our attention.
Delphic tarama paste (from Greece) $20.00 for 3kg
Alkahater tahina (tahini) paste 5kg
Harkola Food World Wide
3-7 Highgate Street, Auburn, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9737 8883
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