The hunt for Za’atar in Hong Kong
Za’atar is a popular middle eastern spice blend, and like all foreign spices, is known by more than one spelling… or in Za’atar’s case, 10: zaatar, za’tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar.
I still recall the case of one of our customers back in October asking if we stocked Za’atar, she missed it from back home. We hunted profusely and found none, so we thought – why not import? And so, the tale of Regency Zaatar began. We now hold regular stocks and sell it on a same day basis too!
Za’atar comes in many types. Lebanese Za’atar, Israeli zaatar, Saudi Arabian satar, Iranian zatar… each country has their own way of mixing the spice. To make matters more confusing, Za’atar is also the name of a species of wild thyme, used in the recipe for the Lebanese Za’atar along with Sumac, sesame seeds, salt and other regional herbs. The Israeli recipe for zaatar on the other hand, is based on sage, and tastes remarkably different but still delicious.
We selected and curated our own quality blend based of our own experiences living in Dubai and what the traditional market has preferred. Our customers here love the blend too! We now happily send free samples to anyone who wants to try, because it’s just too yummy.
For our restaurant customers looking to buy 1 kg or more of zaatar, please refer to our website for wholesale rates, or call us at 2517 6577 for today’s rate. Our prices vary by season and according to the market price so that we can maintain the same quality of zaatar for a long, long time to come.