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Shop Stories: Exploring Kosher Kingdom in Elsternwick Village

Shop stories: Explore Kosher Kingdom in Elsternwick Village

Set in the heart of the Jewish community in Elsternwick Village, Kosher Kingdom is a much-loved marketplace for kosher groceries, wine and fresh produce.

Yogev Aharon and wife Miriam have owned and operated the family business for the past seven years, supplying the local community with quality kosher goods.

“We pride ourselves on having the greatest kosher range in Australia,” Mr Aharon said.

With everything from nuts to sushi, the grocery store has become a one-stop shop for local and imported kosher food and wine.

Discovering new kosher products

The store owner said he enjoyed the challenge of sourcing quality kosher products that couldn’t be found elsewhere.

“There are a lot of things that we do that are quite rare for a store like this,” he said.

“We supply handcrafted cheeses that are made specifically for us by an artisan cheesemaker on the peninsula.”

Mr Aharon said they had a great selection of dry foods like nuts, seeds and grains, as well as a food market bar, where they offered fresh items such sushi and cold press juices.

The store also serves other parts of the community, with a wide health food selection including organic, vegan and gluten-free options.

Supporting the community

“We mainly service the kosher community in Elsternwick and surrounding parts of Melbourne, with people coming to us from Bentleigh, Brighton and other areas,” Mr Aharon said.

He said there was a real sense of community surrounding Kosher Kingdom thanks to its loyal base of regular shoppers.

“We’re really happy where we are; being in Elsternwick has been really pleasant,” he said.

Mr Aharon said discovering new kosher products for their customers was one of the highlights of the job.

What is kosher?

Kosher is becoming better understood in the broader community, however it’s still unclear to many.

Kosher is a term used to describe food that complies with the strict dietary requirements of traditional Jewish law.

These rules determine which foods can be consumed and how they must be produced, processed and prepared.

For example, kosher guidelines ban combining certain meats with dairy products, which means even the kitchen utensils used for meat and dairy must be kept separate.

Mr Aharon said all kosher products required some sort of certification from a kosher organisation to ensure the products and ingredients were handled correctly.

“When people buy something from our store, they can buy with confidence that it’s kosher,” he said.


Six reasons to visit Elsternwick

There is an old Jewish saying that goes something like: “A man comes from dust and in dust he will end. But in the meantime it is good to drink a little vodka.” At Kosher Kingdom, a licensed supermarket, you’ll find Van Gogh kosher vodka alongside fortified kosher wine made in the state of New Jersey in the style of the fortified wines of Malaga, Spain, next to pomegranate dessert wine from the Galilee Mountains in Israel. Kosher Kingdom also stocks horseradish , pickled cucumbers, matza and frozen gefilte fish, plus ingredients to make classic Jewish dishes such as noodles for chicken soup, kneidel mix, which contains crushed matza, and seasonings to which schmaltz or chicken fat is traditionally added.

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482B Glen Huntly Road, Melbourne
VIC, Australia • 3185

03 95236019 |

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