Lakh Lakh: Iranian Street Food Pop-Up at Porsena

by Louisa on September 7, 2014

DSCN0334I’m thrilled to announce that I’m starting a weekly Monday night pop-up dinner featuring Iranian street food and home cooking. The dinners are based on the food I tasted during my month of traveling in Iran. The guy above is selling crisp and juicy green almonds in the shell at Tabriz Bazaar, you eat them with a pinch of salt – khoshmazas! Delicious!

Here are all the details:

Lakh Lakh: Persian Street Food Pop-up

Mondays 5:30-10 pm, through fall 2014, beginning September 15

Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E 7th St (btw 2ndand 3rd Aves), NY 10003

For reservations, call Porsena at (212) 228-4923

My pop-up dinner series, Lakh Lakh, is named after a famous rice dish from the Persian Gulf region, made with tamarind, fish, and hot chiles. It’s delicious, and unlike any of the Iranian food I’ve tasted in the US. The idea behind the pop-up is to give people a taste of Iranian regional cooking, like lakh lakh and other dishes, most of which can’t be found here.

The menu will feature small plates between $5-$7, and will update continuously throughout the fall. Below is the menu for September 15, the first Monday of the pop-up. I look forward to seeing you there!

Menu (all items $5-$7)

  • Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with vegetables and lentils, with spicy relish, nigella seeds
  • Aloo mosama, chicken cooked with apricots and salty plums
  • Gondy, aka “Persian matzo balls,” made from ground chicken and chickpea flour, in chicken broth with dried limes
  • Kufteh Tabrizi, Tabriz-style lamb meatballs stuffed with caramelized onions, prunes, walnuts
  • Lakh Lakh Polo, tamarind rice with fish, chiles, coriander
  • Kebab-e Torsh, lamb kebabs in sour pomegranate walnut marinade
  • Mast-o khiar cucumber yogurt, and sabzi khordan herb and cheese plate
Image 1 Fresh rose petals for sale at the Qazvin bazaar

 

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Sabzi khordan, herb platter with bread, cheese. Photo: Lauren Volo for Edible Brooklyn

A few weeks back, Edible Brooklyn editor (the inimitable) Rachel Wharton, and photographer Lauren Volo came to visit me in Williamsburg. I prepared a feast for them – nine different dishes! – of food that I tasted in Iran. Although we eventually sat down and ate, it wasn’t until Lauren had gorgeously photographed all of it. Her photos will accompany my essay about visiting Iran, which will appear in next month’s Travel Issue. Now, Edible Brooklyn is asking people to vote for their favorite cover photo for the Travel Issue, and Lauren’s photo of the classic Persian herb platter, sabzi khordan, is in the running.

Please take a moment to go over and vote for this luscious photo! Wouldn’t it be cool to see Persian food on the cover of Edible Brooklyn? Thanks!

Photo: Sabzi khordan, herb platter with bread, cheese. Lauren Volo for Edible Brooklyn

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