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Monday, June 17, 2013

Zalatimo's an Old City secret

Zalatimo's Bakery has been in existence since 1860 when Mohammed Zalatimo created the unique sweet called "Mutabbaq" - or envelope in Arabic. The tradition is continued by brothers Ahmad and Talal who take pride in making this unique pastry filled with nuts or cheese freshly prepared right in front of you.


Mutabbaq
(Thanks to Emily Livingstone-Parker for her pictures)
 

Forming the pastry - Sami in action

The little hole-in-the-wall bakery can be found just off Khan E-Zeit Street which runs from Damascus Gate - the old Roman Cardo - to the Jewish Quarter. Make the turning as if you are going up the steps to the Ethiopian roof top of the Holy Sepulcher Church. In fact, for an extra 5 shekels they will show you the original entrance steps to the 4th century church.

I had heard about this delicious creation for many years but only tried one in March of this year. Mutabbaq takes about 15 minutes to prepare and bake and costs 20 shekels. A real treat if you are looking for something different and tasty. Tea and coffee can also be ordered on the spot.  I highly suggest that you check the price for everything before you purchase. I have heard of some people being overcharged for drinks.

By the way, I think the one with nuts is the tastiest.