I enjoyed a terrific Lebanese dish called moghrabieh at a friend's place in D.C. last week and vowed to recreate his mastery this past weekend. It is essentially a broiled chicken on a bed of seasoned moghrabieh, which is a grain very much like cous cous in taste, but much larger (about the size of green peas).
My friend had mentioned that the moghrabieh would be very difficult to find anywhere but a well-stocked middle eastern grocery store. I live in Jersey City, NJ, which has a large middle eastern community, so didn't expect to encounter much difficulty.
I was in for a shock: After trying three middle east grocers near downtown JC, I met only shaking heads and shrugged shoulders. An old post in Chowhound recommended some grocers in Clifton and Paterson, NJ (one large specialty store called Corrado's in particular). Alas, after being foiled at a couple more stores up in Paterson, I found but one very small bag, their last one, in one unmarked shed-like shop.
I would like to get more moghrabieh without driving across the state. Does anyone know of this ingredient and where I might find it in Manhattan, online, or closer to Jersey City?