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Qatayef @ Kunafa King in Fresh Choice Marketplace | Garden Grove

Melanie Wong | Jun 13, 201701:28 AM    

My first stop on reaching Orange County from San Francisco was Fresh Choice, the huge halal supermercado in Garden Grove. I had a lead that Kunafa King, the baker in the food court makes qatayef (aka atayaf) during Ramadan. It sells the pancakes alone to fill at home or some filled and baked ones. Arriving here at 3:45pm, there were no filled, ready to eat atayef available. The counter staffer encouraged me to wrap and bake my own. When I explained that I had just arrived from out of town and had no access to a kitchen, she checked with her boss and returned to tell me to come back after 4pm and there might be a small batch ready by then.

A small tray of walnut-filled ones came out at 4:15pm. When the owner heard that I had made a special trip and that this was my first time here, he offered me one on the house to eat immediately while it was still warm. He said he also makes them filled with ishta but not today.

The pancake wrappers are delightfully spongy with a bouncy chew. These are very generously packed with walnuts, about double of the other versions I've had. The honey syrup is only lightly sweet. They're sold by weight, $9.99 per pound, averaging out to about $2.25 apiece. These qatayef are a wonderful seasonal treat.

I had a chance to sample the kunafa too. Made with either sweet ishta or with cream cheese, I preferred the ishta version, finding the cream cheese too dense and heavy.

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