Happy Nowrūz! Today is Nowrūz (Iranian/Persian New Years). Ash-Reshteh is a type of thick winter soup and it is tradition to have some before new adventures or on special occasions, like Nowrūz. Reshteh refers to Persian noodles which symbolize good fortune and this is Hamid’s recipe for Ash-Reshteh.
Hamid is born in Iran and he is very close to his Persian roots as to why the menu is Persian influenced. This won’t necessarily introduce you to the authentic dishes of Iran, but it stays true to the flavours of it and all the courses are traditional. The menu was a celebration of Nowruz (Persian New Years) – Part 2/3.
It is best to use this post as a rough guideline and part introduction to Persian cuisine. It is simply my experience getting to know it better. At the same time I don’t want to take away from how good Zeitoon is and much of the Persian community calls it “a good standard for traditional Persian food”.
It focuses on Middle Eastern street food that’s relatively quite healthy and noticeably fresh. Vancouver doesn’t have many options for Middle Eastern cuisine to start off with and while we have several donair and kebab shops, there are few that are bringing the quality and bright flavours of Mangal Kiss.
Sometimes I find food that’s so beautiful it looks amazing from every angle. His food is competition style which pushes the boundaries of most Vancouver palates. Here is a sneak peek at Chef Hamid’s Diva Snacks for the fall menu.