Egyptian Avenue Meals Spot the Unique Hawowshi Is a Uncommon Treasure


Discovering the Unique Hawowshi, an Egyptian dwelling kitchen that popped up through the pandemic, felt like a little bit of a treasure hunt. Finally, I wound my approach behind a Citibank car parking zone and encountered Amir Edward’s dwelling on a Reseda aspect avenue. The Cairo-born chef was cooking in his open storage, which homes a Blackstone flat-top grill and an Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven to arrange two not often seen avenue meals that folks can pre-order by means of Instagram: hawawshi and feteer.

Egyptian delicacies attracts on historical culinary traditions, however hawawshi is a reasonably current phenomenon. Butcher Ahmed al-Hawawsh created this stuffed flatbread at Cairo market Souk Al Tawfik in 1971. His signature dish has already change into ubiquitous in Egypt, although it’s a rarity in Southern California, particularly variations that includes house-baked, whole-wheat baladi (pita’s cousin).

Edward stuffs his selfmade baladi with seasoned floor Harris Ranch beef and griddles every disc till crispy. He additionally affords a spicy model with chopped Serrano chiles for purchasers preferring extra warmth. Every order (one for $6 or two for $10) comes with nutty tahini folded with “soothing” yogurt; tart pickled Persian cucumbers and turnips made utilizing his grandmother’s recipe; and lamoon ma’asfar, punchy preserved lemons seasoned with black onion seed and pink safflower strands. All three selfmade condiments assist mood the dish’s richness. He suggests dipping hawawshi in tahini and chasing bites with pickles. Sure, Edward spells hawawshi with an O, saying, “We put the WOW in Hawowshi.”

Cheese feteer on the Unique Hawowshi

Edward is a culinary college grad who labored for the Cheesecake Manufacturing unit for 2 years, however was let go as a result of COVID-19. He refocused on his heritage, pursuing his “lifelong dream of introducing Egyptian avenue meals to the American palate.” He began with hawawshi and added feteer ($15) after taking a visit again dwelling to Egypt. This flat pie with a flaky coat comes with a alternative of savory or candy fillings and has been a celebratory dish since pharaohs dominated the land.

The Unique Hawowshi’s mix-cheese feteer encompasses a shattering crust cradling a agency layer of mozzarella, Egyptian Rumi cheese, cheddar, and cream cheese that’s pocked with savory black Egyptian olives, juicy tomatoes, and inexperienced peppers. As he says, “The cheeses act as a glue that binds all of the elements collectively to kind the inside of the pie.”

Different feteers characteristic fillings like basturma (air-cured beef), tuna, or cream & honey. Edward additionally gained a following for a very indulgent feteer topped with Lotus Biscoff cookie butter, condensed milk, and biscoff crumbles.

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Amir Edward exterior his Reseda storage

The Unique Hawowshi additionally affords a sogok sandwich ($6), mainly an Egyptian tackle sausage and peppers. He options chunks of sogok (spiced beef sausage) sautéed with inexperienced bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños, all nestled in a gentle, crackly baguette he sources from a neighborhood Latin market.

Since Egyptian meals isn’t properly established in Southern California, some elements are exhausting to supply, so he makes use of Armenian sujuk as an alternative of Egyptian sogok, which has extra paprika. He appreciates the choice’s “smoky style.”

Edward plans to dig deeper into his Egyptian repertoire by including fava bean falafel, which is called ta’ameya again dwelling. As curiosity and consciousness will increase, so could the Unique Hawowshi’s menu.

The Unique Hawowshi; Reseda.

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