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. No reservations.

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

For more info, 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
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Fresh rose petals for sale at the Qazvin bazaar


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

ahu @ ahueats September 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

This is wonderful Louisa! I am doing my best to make it! Will it be ongoing or is there an end date?


Louisa September 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Please come on down – you and Azita can come together! The dinners will run all the way through fall, give or take a few Mondays here and there.


Sara September 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Oh how I wish I was in New York! This is such a great project, Louisa. And your photos from Iran are just what I needed to see on a Sunday afternoon.


Louisa September 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Hey Sara, thanks for stopping by, I wish you could come too! I’ll be sharing a lot more photos from Iran soon. I hope you’re having a beautiful autumn in Minneapolis.


Naz September 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Beautiful! Wish I could you join for Lakh Lakh!


N. Nash October 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I’m a comin’ next time visit daughter in N.Y.C.!!!


Ginee January 8, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Looking forward to jan 16 th. Finally Persian delicate food is in nyc….such a new treat for us. Thank you for your efforts to bring forward this cuisine… Please think about opening a chic restaurant for the Persian food excursion. That would be so worthwhile. Can I see your cookbook at the restaurant? Merci…ginee


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