Shkedei marak

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Shkedei marak
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Alternative names Soup mandel
Place of origin Israel
Main ingredients Flour, palm oil
Cookbook:Shkedei marak  Shkedei marak

Shkedei marak (Hebrew: שקדי מרק‎, literally soup almonds), known as mandlach in Yiddish, or as "soup mandels" in the United States,[1] is an Israeli food product consisting of crisp mini croutons used as a soup accompaniment. Shkedei marak are small yellow squares made from flour and palm oil. As a parve product, they can be used in either meat or cream soups. Despite the name, they contain no almonds.

Etymology[edit]

The word mandlach is the plural diminutive of mandel, which means "almond" in German and Yiddish.

History[edit]

Although today shkedei marak are manufactured, they are based on the homemade crispy-fried squares of dough known as mandlach traditionally served with chicken soup by Ashkenazi Jews.

Marketing[edit]

For many years Osem was the exclusive manufacturer of shkedei marak in Israel, but today the product is also marketed by other Israeli food companies, such as Vita and Knorr.[2] Davidovich Bakery & Sons located near Haifa also produces and packages soup almonds under a variety of brand names.[3] Over the years, food companies have experimented with different shapes for shkedei marak, including stars, rings, and little fish.[4] Today only the original squares survive. In addition to their use in soups, shkedei marak are eaten plain as a snack food.

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