“The kebabs were delicious but I also really liked just the simple white cheese with fresh bread, everything was so fresh.”
“My favorite Persian food here in Los Angeles since we have the largest Iranian population in Westwood, known as “Tehrangeles”, is Beef Koobideh and Ghormeh Sabzi. It was of course even better tasting it in Iran. I had it almost every day. And also took a cooking class in Rasht to learn how to make Ghormeh Sabzi. And the sheep Koobideh from Mashad is absolutely tender and so flavorful. I miss it!”
“I like the roasted tomato with the chicken acres that they sell almost everywhere; it’s so good; it is chicken, yellow rice and roasted tomato; I miss that most on my trip.”
“We loved Mirza Ghasemi! This dish consists of mashed, smoked eggplant and tomatoes. Eating it with some freshly baked bread was a dream.”
“This is a hard one to answer and both of me and Craig were vegan and because we were on a tour, the majority of people ate meat, so we were taken to some of the best kebab houses where that our friends really enjoyed. Unfortunately we couldn’t eat a lot in those restaurant and ended up with bread and rice usually.”
“Well, I actually have many favorites and that is in spite of me being a vegetarian. There is certainly way more to Iranian food than its kebabs and meat. Hot Barbari bread from the oven served with fresh Labneh cheese has to be my all-time favorite. It is like comfort food. I also like Mirza Ghassemi, Khorak e-Badamjun (eggplant), Kuku Sabzi, Mast-o-Khiar and many others.”
“I’m a vegetarian so eating in Iran was a bit of a struggle for me but at least there were some eggplant-based dishes that I absolutely loved and ordered them everywhere. My favorite ones were kashk-e bademjan and mirza ghassemi, both dishes were very delicious. I also had to have an ice-cream at least once a day – it was a bit different from what I’m used to but super tasty. I especially liked saffron or rosewater ice-cream since we don’t really have those here.”
“Ash! A local family treated me to it in Tabriz, on one of my first days in the country. The swirling noodles and greenery mixed with yogurt looked strange to me at first, but the moment I tasted it, I was sold. It still brings up warm memories: the comforting heat of the soup, the awe at being treated to such hospitality by a family I’d just met, the relaxed atmosphere sitting outside by the street at night in Tabriz… I remember like it was yesterday.”
“Ghormeh Zabzeh, hands down! I also had a delicious saffron soft-serve ice cream in Shiraz. To be honest, I hardly had any Persian food that wasn’t outstanding!”
“Food wise my favorite is the Joojeh Torsh. Closely followed by the Fesenjan. And a shout out to saffron tea and the alcohol free drinks. Those sharbats are so delicious, it should be all over the world.”
“I have to confess we did not know much (nothing would be more accurate!) about Persian food before our trip. Kebabs were a familiar sight, and the meaty skewers available everywhere.
One of my favorite food was Kashke Bademjan, a simple yet delicious Persian eggplant dip. Each city, each restaurant has its own version of it, but always yummy! Grab a piece of bread, and dip, dip, dip! Kashke Bademjam was my go-to meal, one I knew I would ever enjoy.
A treat for me was Khoresh-e Fesenjān, a Persian-Style Pomegranate-Walnut chicken stew. The combination of the walnut and pomegranate makes for a rich and flavorful taste, finger-licking for sure! A treat because it’s not available everywhere. Make sure you grab a plate when you find one!
Now, for something unusual, Abgoosht, or Dizi as it is sometimes called, is an Iranian stew where different bits and pieces like lamb, chickpeas, bread, and broth, are served separately before being put together and smashed right before eating. A different eating experience, Iranian-style!
So not one Persian food, but different traditional meals one should try when visiting Iran.”
“If only I was as good at remembering Persian food’s name as I was eating it… I honestly like all of it. Eggplant stew, kebabs, more eggplants, Persian rice… My belly was always pretty happy (and full) during the time I spent in Iran.”
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