Matzah Ball stood three feet high and required an
army of hens working around the clock to provide 1,000 eggs,
combined with 80 pounds of margarine, with 200 pounds of matzo
meal and 20 pounds of chicken base.
The massive round mound of matzo was trucked
with police escort from a specially designed 100-gallon kettle
in New Jersey where it slow boiled for two days by a team
of a dozen chefs before being lifted by a custom designed
"soup sling" by two dozen helpers into a large protective
crate before being transported in a 24-foot freightliner through
the streets of New York to its ultimate unveiling and measurement
for the world record.
Noam Sokolow, owner of Noah's
Ark, who directed the planning and "deli development"
of the Largest
Matzah Ball, said, "This culinary caper really was
all about making the impossible possible. Yes, Noah's
Ark has been voted the best corned beef sandwich in
the United States, but now we've created something that helps
more than an appetite ... it helps draw attention to at-risk
It was all to celebrate an upcoming basketball
game, which will be played on October 18 at Madison Square
Garden between the New York Knicks and Maccabi Electra Tel
Aviv benefiting Migdal Ohr, the world's largest orphanage
in Northern Israel and home to nearly 7,000 orphaned, impoverished,
underprivileged and new immigrant children.
"What's better than this in New York City?"
asked Noam Sokolow, owner of Noah's
Ark Deli and an organizer of the event. "Big Apple,
big matzo ball, big basketball game."