I was in a university trip to Qazvin, one of the historical provinces of Iran. After five hours walking, and taking photos from the city’s historical buildings, it was the time to eat something for lunch. Our professor invited us to a famous restaurant and introduce us a very old food of Iranian people that actually originated from Qazvin. He said that it has been one of the luxury foods for kings and queens in the past. Then he tried to persuade us to order this stew as the lunch, in the restaurant. I was too hungry but more than that, I was very curious about the food. Then the servants started to bring us a plate of rice without any stew, which is the main Persian food composition. We all waited for few minutes for the stew but there were nothing. I asked my professor that is this really the thing that the kings used to call luxury food. He said why you ask this. I continued in shock: “A plate of rice without a bit stew?” Actually, he was kidding us and told: “let us start dig up the rice with our spoon” and we all did it. Then we all realized that the rice covered the stew and it was beneath the rice! Indeed, it was a costume on eating this special food that they hide the stew under the rice to surprise people!
This food has small pieces of pistachios and almonds in it that usually are harder than rice and meat after cooking. Thus, when you start chewing that, they gradually come under your teeth and mix with the pieces of meats in your mouth. It is because you eat it more slowly than other foods. Well, the combination of some different ingredient with different toughness in a food, signals you that you have a lot of taste to feel! In addition, the aggregation of the four main tastes in one food, enhance this sense and experience. So in a way, it was a food that talked with me on its eating method. It was a rainbow of tastes and colors; a perfect food that linked me with perfectionism of the past kings.