Monday, May 10, 2010

Hummus Hut vs. Kosher King

Have you seen the 2005 musical comedy West Bank Story? It was set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands or restaurants - the Hummus Hut owned by a Palestinian and the Kosher King owned by an Israeli  in the West Bank... 

Take notes:
  • Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans) are the edible seeds of chickpea plant, an Asiatic herb cultivated for its short pods.
White and green chickpeas [Wikipedia Photo]

  • Falafel is a small croquette of mashed chickpeas or fava beans seasoned with sesame seeds
    Falafel balls [Wikipedia Photo]
    • Hummus isa thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
      Hummus topped with whole chickpeas and olive oil [Wikipedia Photo]
      • Kosher refers to the food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law

        West Bank Story (2005)
        An Israeli soldier, David falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chickpea in the Middle East? Watch this video and find out!