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FUN MAGAZINE, September, 2005.
1, Lane 61, HeJiang St
move to: 6, NanJing E. Rd, Sec. 5, 2F
Hours: 11:30 am-2 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
--By Josie Wu, translated by Cara Steenstra
With years of trading business experience
in Taiwan, Mohsen Amini finally decided to cross over
into the restaurant business. Besides being homesick
for Persian food, Mohsen also enjoyed dining with his
family, friends and clients, but couldn't find any Persian
restaurants in Taipei despite a good selection of other
exotic cuisine. So, recruiting his two sons and a group
of Middle Eastern chefs to help out, Mohsen has opened
Taiwan's first and only Persian restaurant, Persian
Heaven Halal. His eldest son, Ali, a young man in his
twenties, is often seen going in and out of the new
establishment and speaks Chinese as well. The set meals
here are priced around NT$250. The "Chelo Kebab
Kobydeh" Barbecued Minced Lamb Meat (available
in original & spicy flavors for NT$220) is a traditional
dish, not to mention the owner's personal favorite.
The Ghormeh Sabzi Haricot with Iranian Assorted Vegetable
Rice (NT$200) is another well-known traditional dish
very popular in Europe and America. Imported haricot
is first soaked for six to 12 hours, then five kinds
of finely chopped vegetables and dried lemon are added
and lamb--marinated in special sauces--is slow cooked
at a low heat for four to five hours until well-done.
Ali also has a soft spot for the Filly Loghmei Kabab
BBQ Tenderloin Chicken Breast with Rice (NT$220) and
the after-dinner Baked Pudding (NT$75). If you're looking
for authentic Persian cuisine, this is the only place
in Taiwan to get a taste.