The malabi masters of Tel Aviv
Many Tel Aviv restaurants serve the creamy Middle Eastern dessert, but only a handful of them have perfected it. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
As with many Middle Eastern foods, Israelis have taken the dessert "muhalllabia" and made it their own, even changing the name to "malabi." Probably hailing from Turkey, malabi is a milky pudding thickened with rice – or more commonly in Israel, cornstarch – flavored with vanilla and rosewater and topped with sugary syrup – often containing more rosewater.
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