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If you Google the term “hot sauce,” you will get roughly 680,000 responses. But if you Google “Egyptian hot sauce,” the number drops to about 35.

The reason? There really isn’t any such thing as Egyptian hot sauce — but Aladin Habib, the man behind the Mr. Falafel restaurant on Seventh Avenue is trying to change that.

Habib, who opened Mr. Falafel in 1982, only this year started bottling his homemade pepper sauce, bowing finally to relentless requests from customers.

Habib’s elixir is not a Middle Eastern version of Dave’s Insanity nor does it come in a bottle shaped like a mushroom cloud (as some do). The secret to Mr. Falafel’s sauce is a mild burn that’s perfect on grilled chicken or a schwarma, and doesn’t tear a hole through your pita (or your palatine glands).

“We’re going for taste, not explosion,” he said.

Habib’s most-loyal fan is Ed Sheehan, who lives near the restaurant and has been downing the sauce since 1982, when he was 7.

Sheehan’s a PR guy, so he encouraged Habib to sell the unique sauce for $4.49 a bottle.

“It’s a fresh, locally made, delicious product,” he said. “And Habib is a great Brooklyn guy.”

Mr. Falafel [226 Seventh Ave. between Third and Fourth streets in Park Slope, (718) 768-4961] or by ordering at www.mrfalafels.com.

Updated 5:05 pm, December 9, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

Breezy from Cornelia Heights says:
The sauce isn't the only hot, flavourful egyptian thing in this article - the guys are total foxes! Woof!
Dec. 8, 2009, 7:14 am
Rick Z from Red Hook says:
Ed is one of the best guys you'll ever meet. I wish Ed and Murad the best of luck with the venture. When will I be able to buy this at Fairway?
Dec. 8, 2009, 12:48 pm
Hot Mama from Park Slope says:
Finally! I love Mr. Falafel's hot sauce!
Dec. 8, 2009, 1:12 pm
Dave D from Red Hook & Ronkonkoma says:
Ed is a good friend of mine known him for years all ways there when you need him. Glad to see all the hard
work is paying off. Congratulations Ed and Murad.
Mr. Falafel Sauce, Fugetaboutit!
Dec. 8, 2009, 2:27 pm
Nathan Leroe from Prospect Heights says:
This hot sauce is the real deal. Fire with a mid east blend.
Dec. 8, 2009, 2:33 pm
Amy from park slope says:
Glad to see the good guys make it. Been coming here for years and always leaving with a hot smile :] CONGRATS and good luck fellas
Dec. 8, 2009, 3:45 pm
alen from brooklyn says:
Ive always said they had the best hot sauce in town. Now its time for the rest of world to witness it.
Dec. 8, 2009, 3:56 pm
Breezy from Cornelia Heights says:
What saucy coomments!
I just love international hot sauce, and egypt is a hot country, they must know something about heat. And eating their cardboardy fallafls would be unbearable without their hot gravy spread all over them.
Dec. 9, 2009, 7:30 am
Breezy from Cornelia Heights says:
Hey Aladin Habib, thanks for the hot sauce! It helped the genie come out, and I didn't even have to rub the lamp!
The sauce gives 1001 flavours to my arabian nights.

Tell me when you are ready to "cross the destert" again and lick the empty hot sauce bottle.

//Breezy
Dec. 11, 2009, 3:48 am

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