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Searching for pişmaniye (or other stringy halva) in the Bay Area

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Searching for pişmaniye (or other stringy halva) in the Bay Area

thousandfold | Jan 5, 2009 03:51 PM

I've been searching for a specific type of halva - not the kind that's sold in blocks (which is the only kind I have been able to find), but the kind that comes in strands like cotton candy, and melts almost immediately in your mouth.

I've been to Haig's delicacies as well as some smaller halal shops around San Francisco, but haven't been able to find this (and the staff have no idea what I'm talking about when I try to describe it).

Some internet research tells me that it might be pişmaniye, a Turkish floss halva, but I could have sworn the version I had was made with tahini.

Any advice on where I might be able to find this elusive confection in the Bay Area (preferably San Francisco)? Thanks for your help!

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