The Grand Bazaar: Munchies Guide To Tehran (Part 1/3)

[Music] [Music] hi I'm Jelena I'm in Tehran and this is the munchies guide to Tehran we'll take you to Tehran's main bazaar where we'll taste the famous hygiene this is the best part it's the crispy rice and I'm really excited to be digging into this right now to the traditional tea houses when men would come together to recite old folktales and listen to music while appreciating how one should drink tea and of course we will take you tonight it's been perfecting its kebab for over a hundred and thirty years it's great I'm gonna be a kebab Toru by the end of this show off to all my friends if you can make a good kebab in Iran within your set and caviar the jewel of the Caspian Sea known in this country as the black gold [Music] I've been raised all over from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to London Toronto and of course Tehran me all my memories about food and Tehran they're quite a number considering I was nicknamed Chicago which means someone who pierced um ik mmm I'm getting quite hungry Tehran is in the north-central area of Iran surrounded by the Alborz mountains the capital holds about 8 million people 13 million if you include the outer Tehran [Applause] [Music] I mean the bazaar is constantly bustling as a center of Commerce all the goods that are brought in to Tehran first go through the bazaar [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] so we here at the food section and the bazaar it's actually my favorite section [Applause] energy in oscoda the allah i'm actually myself let's go to Moscow Russian Center for us dear Santa for this year yeah a bullshitter let me get noticed funny [Music] [Applause] Oh chiku valorum how they get inhabited only committee amateur how much you can be given by betting before doing before you know what facility pester the song I'm told that's my lab sala de tocqueville of Chima son and I made them this is called mascot II with roses and it's a gift of your chance of each other apparently this is very special I asked if like is there anything that you have that is very unique to this store compared to all the other stores and you offered them a spotty with dried roses it's very sweet it's very sweet I've had this in Turkey but it's like uh I think it's just like melted sugar right now we're in front of Muslim restaurant which is one of the most popular restaurants in the bazaar in Tehran and as you can see there's like a huge line up behind me it's almost and you gotta wait like 30 minutes so get your food it's got some of the most traditional food like for anasazi or you know the loins with a broad bean rice then also Tai Chi which is actually my favorite [Music] so crazy [Music] Wow no yeah I mean this is like the heart of it all this is like all the greatest boots all in one place I mean here you've got all the kebabs about to be that you've got bagged we've got the chicken is basically put it on the skewer you see here and then got all the other ones easily inside in along Hoover Dam no I'm so jealous no knockers [Music] cha-ching [Music] [Music] pretty quick you can't you can't yeah it's fast food but fast good food so about four to five thousand people come through this restaurant daily I mean this is why the production lines I we movable boring you do not want to leave a customer unsatisfied so now I have the final tagine served to me this is the best part it's the crispy rice it's nice and crunchy and this is the part that's made with the yogurt and the eggs then this one they separates the chicken with the rice because some people like Brad some people like thigh oh really good I hopefully recommend it come to the bazaar and have some Tai Chi [Music] there's other bazaars in Tehran other than the Grand Bazaar but they're much smaller in size for example the one at the edge reach and the products that they sell vary from coppers to jewelry the spices the carpets the clothes to handicraft I mean just names [Music] and also the architecture is really nice they've kind of kept a whole old with signs and you know the feel of what opens ours used to look like is she that s cool job yeah yeah my mother my smile oh yeah this is from my mother's hometown Wow so this is a syrup from the grapes Wow so run really sweet as soon a lavish a comedy without rec is that ish Suresh is Barbary which you can take its juice and have it as an antioxidant or you can use it within these sour savories called lava shack very sour dough in my luck thank you your jaw is like rock the stands that you see in Taj reach they offer a variation of dried fruits which are marinated in different ways I guess you can compare this to sort of the big candy stores and the states where you walk in and there's like 50 different variations so it's kind of the same thing but centered around dried fruits so you like this stuff there that's in the flat plastic like it's flattened it's kind of the same thing that we just got it rolled out because most of these are just dried fruit and they lay it out in the Sun and it dries up and then they roll it and then they are head saw it I just love how everything here is from here and organic as they say [Music] right now we're outside the famous naieve restaurant I've tried to make to be there so many times but it keeps falling off yeah this doer this is just to start you off you know just to tease you a little for the main dish in case you weren't full after the salads and the teas and the fruits you

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The Grand Bazaar: Munchies Guide To Tehran (Part 1/3)

When it comes to Tehran, it's impossible to avoid politics and easy to overlook the Iranian city's thriving culinary scene. In our first installment of The MUNCHIES Guide to Tehran, our host Gelareh Kiazand introduces us to the bustling street food offerings in the city.

We begin our journey at the capital city's Grand Bazaar, since that's where commodities first arrive. Gelareh beelines for the market's food stands, where she samples dried fruits and nuts while waiting out the line at Moslem Restaurant, frequented by up to 5,000 kebab connoisseurs daily—well worth it for her favorite tah chin. At the more modest and bygone Tajrish Bazaar, she's the proverbial kid in a candy store, wading through copper and carpet vendors in search of sweet snacks, such as grape molasses and lavasak (fruit leather).

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