31 December 2014

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Hummus

| Sophia Carlini
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To my surprise … and apart from the guy who likened hummus to floor tile glue, the search for Canberra’s best hummus created much discussion.

The three most talked about places were Turkish Pide House, Fig & Olive in Chisholm and an unknown business who it sounds like sells Turkish sweets and dips at both the Farmers Market at Epic on Saturday’s, and the Old Bus Depot Market in Kingston on Sunday’s. Both markets are currently closed over the Christmas period so I can’t confirm who this mysterious stallholder is however; I have a feeling that it might be Charisma Foods. I’ll definitely be checking them out when the markets re-open.

So I ventured out to Turkish Pide House in Woden and Fig & Olive in Chisholm and picked up take-away hummus from both, each at the cost of $5.50. I took both hummuses home and sat down with a big packet of Sakata’s.

The Fig & Olive hummus was ok, I mean it’s hummus right?! … I have to admit, I never really thought about there being a major difference between hummus brands until this moment. As soon as I switched to the Turkish Pide hummus it was clear Turkish Pide was the winner. The hummus was deliciously salty, smooth and creamy in comparison to a very garlicky, gritty, dense and almost paste like hummus from Fig & Olive.

I know where I’ll be buying my hummus from now on.

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Well thank you for that. I regret I don’t get into Woden all that often, but will call into Turkish Pide for a fix when next in the joint.
Fig n Olive is much closer so will be giving that a whirl.

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