Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published April 15th 2014
The Boogie-Woogie Bagel Boys from Providore K
Kosher has a specific meaning - conforming to Jewish dietary law - but also a more general meaning, which is to say 'all right', as in 'Is everything kosher?'
Which makes sense since the very word comes from the Hebrew word kashér, meaning "fit".
The Kosher Providore in Mt Lawley (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
And at The Kosher Providore in Mt Lawley, things are very kosher in every sense of the word. The shop is very small, but very busy in terms of action and customers. In this one petite store is a bakery, a butchery and a grocery offering a very wide range of goodies for those needing and those choosing kosher food.
The bakery portion of The Kosher Providore is the only one making traditional bagels in Western Australia.
One of the Boogie-Woogie Bagel Boys (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
The story goes that the bagel was created in the shape of a stirrup to commemorate the victory of Poland's King Jan III Sobieski over the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, but alas, this is just a story.
The 'roll with a hole' is many hundreds of years old and the name was first used in 1610CE for a bread that, uniquely, is boiled before baking.
Bagels from the Kosher Providore (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
It has become the iconic Jewish food for non-Jews for various reasons, but mostly because they are just so delicious, not to mention versatile.
The Kosher Providore bakes them plain ($1.20) or with sesame or poppy seeds, with onion, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes or, unbelievably, chocolate chips, as well as using wholemeal or multi-grain flour ($1.30) or the 'health' bagel with nine grains at $1.50.
The range of Bagels from The Kosher Providore (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
[ADVERT]Generally, don't treat bagels any different to any other bread, but if I may make a suggestion - just try it with a spread of cream cheese and a helping of smoked salmon (known as lox and a schmear). It is just superb. Otherwise, lightly toasted with any spread.
But bagels are not the only things baked at The Kosher Providore. They produce a wide range from the plaited challah loaf traditionally eaten on the Shabbat to French loaves, buns and rolls as well as cakes and sweet treats of all kinds.
The butchery is also covers a wide range in a small space and includes D Jay's range of jerkys and biltongs.
The remaining space is given over to cans, bottles, packets and chilled or frozen goodies, often suitable for those who are gluten intolerant, vegetarian and vegan. Many products are kosher as a by-product of their manufacture and not specifically intended to comply with kashrut.
The Kosher Providore offers groceries (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
If you are Jewish, you probably shop at The Kosher Providore, if not, then you owe it to yourself to browse there at least once and you cannot call yourself well-rounded as a foodie if you have never had a bagel.
So do yourself a favour and try the boogie-woogie bagel boys at Providore K.