I just finished reading The Kite Runner, I want Afghani food!
The book was great, by the way. cried a lot. But I also go really hungry! The way the author off-handedly described the fabulous food made me jealously drooly.
How is Azeen's? Is Kabul on Sherman Way even close?
Azeen's is wonderful! :) Highly recommended.
My favorites at Azeen's include:
* BADENJAN CHALLAW (Chunks of lamb cooked with eggplant, onions and tomatoes.) It was super tender, flavorful and a distinct taste that stood out from Persian, Pakistani or Indian cuisine.
* MANTU (Beef dumplings, chopped onions, spices with a yogurt sauce) was also really tasty and distinctive.
* KABOB-E-GOUSFAND (Tender cubes of lamb, roasted shish-kabob style) was also well prepared. A little more firm than the stew (duh), but still tender and a nice lamb flavor that again was different from the usual lamb kabobs I've had before.
i went to kabul (the restaurant) with some friends on the evening of the 9-11 attacks. we were the only patrons there. the restaurant owners were extremely nice and the food was great. i believe we ate sitting on afghani rugs.
and yes, it was a great book. also check out a thousand splendid suns. kr, the movie, is coming out next week, i believe. i went to a talk with the producer and they are hoping to generate a lot of sales in the big cities so that it can generate more showings in non-coastal cities.
I agree--Azeen's is great! I loved the challaw badenjan and bulanee. The firnee was pretty good too.