I recently had some difficulty finding a reasonably priced supply of wattleseeds in the Hunter, in preparation for my Chow Down to Eurovision 2015.
After searching far and wide, I remembered the lovely ladies of Hunter Hunter had recently reviewed a spice shop smack bang in the middle of the Hunter St mall.
My Souk Drawer can be found at 160 Hunter St, Newcastle and is well worth a visit. The owner Chris Sim has provided an “Aladdins Cave” of spices, chillis and other wonders to tempt the home cook. He has a wonderful knowledge of his product, and happily and generously provides his customers with his wisdom. Chris also makes his own spice mixes and invited me to try the temptingly named “exquisitely sugared”, a mix of sugar, cinnamon, anise, vanilla, nutmeg, orange peel, chocolate powder and cardamon. Delicious and smelt incredible. The challenge is now on to find a suitable recipe for the said mix!
So in true form, I went in to buy wattleseed and came away with Chermoula, Ras-el-Hanout, Laksa Lemak dry spice mix, exquisitely sugared mix and yes some wattleseed!
If you are in the area, please take some time to drop in and chat with Chris. Dont worry about finding him, the smell of spice permeates the mall and will lead you to him. His prices are very reasonable with a minimum purchase of 20g…….Cheap as Chermoula!