One of my favourite parts of travelling is wandering aimlessly in foreign streets, falling into unexpected adventures, and uncovering hidden gems you would not find in a travel guide. While in Osaka, Kevin and I stumbled upon a quaint shisha bar called Cafe Absinthe. With the non-stop walking we were doing, we decided to relax a bit and order some nibbles, drinks… and shisha of course. What amazed me about this little cafe was how AMAZINGLY YUMMY the hummus was. Something so simple, so easy, and so basic, was turned into something so unique! Trust me I could eat an entire tub of this stuff! The hummus was so creamy, the pita so pillowy, and the addition of what seemed to be something similar to a thickened version of cream of mushroom soup was just so perfect. Kevin made sure that I took notes on the flavour profile so I could make him the same hummus when we got back home.
With not much to do yesterday, other than scour the web for Boxing Day deals, Kevin pleaded with me to make some hummus and pita that he could munch on. Luckily I already had most of the ingredients, except for parsley. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone , but I totally used finely chopped cilantro to mimic parsley.
For the pita, I just used Serious Eats’ Perfect Pita recipe, because why create my own when one already exists? Surprisingly, pita is extremely easy to make, so easy that you’ll never want to buy pita from the store again!
Hummus is just the same, basically everything goes into a food processor. These are my favourite kinds of recipes! The texture is really up to you, because Kevin doesn’t like smooth hummus, I toned the liquids down. If you prefer a more whipped and creamy texture, feel free to add a bit more oil and/or water. Everything is really “to taste”, I have measurements as guide, but you can adjust to your own flavour preferences to make it your own. Since I was on a truffle kick, I added truffle oil to each part of the recipe, but feel free to use regular extra virgin olive oil if you don’t have truffle oil. Truffle oil can be a bit pricey, but if you have it, you should definitely use it because it adds a nice earthy and mushroomy kick to the hummus.
Hummus (makes 2 cups)
- ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup lemon juice fresh squeezed (1 whole lemon)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 19oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons water
- ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper add more if you like heat
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon truffle salt
Mushroom cream sauce (makes 1 cup)
- 1 tablespoon truffle oil
- ⅔ cup 65 g white onions, half moons
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups 150 g, brown shimeji mushrooms
- ½ tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- ⅓ C + 1 T chicken broth ⅓ C + 1 T water + ½ t chicken paste
- ¼ t ground cumin
- Small pinch of nutmeg
- ¾ t truffle salt to taste
- ¼ t black pepper fresh cracked
- Truffle oil drizzle
- Black pepper fresh ground
- Parsley fresh chopped
In a small frying pan, heat oil to medium-high and add garlic cloves. Sauté until soft and brown. Reserve for use in hummus.
In a food processor, add in sautéed garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and oil. Blend briefly until combined. Add chickpeas, water, cayenne, cumin, and truffle salt. Blend until smooth. Reserve for later use.
In a medium pot on medium-high heat, add truffle oil, onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Sauté for about 10 mins until the onions are soft. Add butter and stir in the flour. Add cream, broth, cumin, nutmeg, truffle salt, and pepper. Cook until the mushroom sauce thickens.
Place hummus in a bowl and add mushroom cream sauce in the centre. Drizzle over truffle oil and add garnishes. Serve with warmed pita.