I love a friend that takes me to a place I’ve never heard of – these guys are the keepers ;) G brought us to Le Souk, an Algerian store in the heart of the Adelaide Central Markets. Seated on a bar stool the friendly owner came offering some dates and popping up to give us advice on how to eat the food – talk about good service.
Merguez Couscous – Le Souk spicy Merguez sausages, chickpeas, peas, carrot, onion, garlic in Ras el Hanout and Sumac sauce ($14.50)
Chakchouka came in a large and small size but the large was about the size of my head. Small size please. Flavoursome spice filled broth was absorbed into minced beef with a poached egg hidden within. Served with crunchy fresh bread and a side of firey red Le Souk special spice blend that had a tasty chilli hit. What a steal at only $9.90 :)
Chakchouka (small $9.90)
Merguez spicy sausage – Merguez sausage, eggs, spinach and musrooms ($14.90)
We also ordered a pot of mint tea that was made from real ingredients – no tea bags or tea leaves for this pot. A vibrant green flash of fresh mint leaves popped in that resulted in such a refreshing tea with some added sweetness from the roasted pine nuts.
Mint Tea ($8 for two but we asked if it could be for 3 – around $11)
[Update 22/2/15] I went back for a visit and decided to try the couscous after seeing how good it looked the first time. Couscous was done perfectly as these were pillowy but soft – I’m guessing they cooked it in some stock to make such a flavourful taste. Served with tender slow cooked lamb and soft steamed-like chickpeas, peas and carrot but what really tied all this together were the spices used.
Lamb Couscous ($14.50)
An affordable meal that satisfies the cravings and an excuse to try something different :)
Stall 10 in the Adelaide Central Markets
44-60 Gouger St
Adelaide SA 5000
0455 290 325 or 0477 023 955