Tehran, the capital of Iran, with its Grand Bazaar is very well known. Visiting Grand Bazaar by all markets and shops make you hungry. Read the munchies guide to The Bazaar.
Now here we are: an old historical market in Tehran, in Bazaar. If visiting this city is in your traveling list, so Bazaar might be the first place to begin with. Bazaar is Iran’s economic hub, containing Banks, mosques, old restaurants and guest houses. Walking through the crowds, window shopping and buying souvenirs could have made you hungry. This is the moment you get hungry and you will ask for food.
The food section in Bazaar starts with markets and shops with dried fruit store and juice bars. You can try sour plums or sweet ones. Nuts, pistachios, barberry and “masghati” a soft confection made with rose water and sugar.
Moslem restaurant is the first choice for Iranian people who come to the Bazaar. Although normally there is a long queue outside the restaurant, you will be inside there in less than 10 minutes and one of the most delicious Iranian food will be served for you.
It is by far the best Tah-chin you can get anywhere in Iran. “What is Tah-chin?”, It’s a dish of layered saffron rice and cooked chicken breasts bound together by seasoned yogurt and egg yolk mixture. “Thah” is a Persian/Farsi word for bottom and “Chin” is the root word for “chidan” which means putting things in order.
Ghormeh-Sabzi is another dish that you can’t miss in Iran. Ghormeh means stew and sabzi refers herbs and vegtabales. If you ask Iranian “what is the most beloved stew”, the answer is 99% Ghormeh-sabzi.
The third dish is the lambs neck, sounds weird but tastes much better that it sounds. Iranian serve this dish with Sabzi Polo (in Farsi called Shivid Polo) and its ingredients are dill, minced garlic and saffron.
Lentils, eggs and tomatoes with some bread. In inner parts of Bazaar you can ask local for these special food.
Do you want some Kebab? So this restaurant is here for you. After you walk through the carpet and rug section of Bazaar, you will find Ghadah restaurant. Mr. Hossein’s Kebab is famous and there is no need for searching this place.
Chicken and lamb Kebab were both mixed in one skewer. If you want to have a full Kebab experience this is the place to go.
Ask around for Dizi-Saray-e mojtabai till find it. It’s a bit hard to find but local people will help you in rugs and carpets section. Dizi is a traditional food and has its own eating traditional too: First bread is made into pieces and put in the bowl and then meat stock is poured on top. Then you have it, just like milk and cereal. The second part all the beans, meat, potatoes and everything else are all mashed up. You can taste it with bread and different kinds of pickles.
Welcome to the smallest teahouse in the world: Haj Ali Darvish Tea House where is owned by Kazem Mahbutyan. He offers customers a wide range of herbal teas and advice about their healing properties.
Kazem has his unique way to stay in touch with tourists. He’s got his own business card in English. Also customers can leave a message in the visitor’s book.