Holly and i went to the public market for lunch today and after much wandering around and much debate (the jambalaya at the cajun/taqueria place was looking REALLY good) we decided to try out the NEW(ish) Persian food counter at Pamir Afghan cuisine. They have three kinds of chelo-kebab, with beef, lamb, or shrimp (?), and they also offer many, many tempting vegetable things, like a potato/tomato thing, an okra stew, and several different chana dals.
We finally decided on the chelo-kebab with lamb. it is seven bucks and it is a formidable heap of tender hot-off-the-grill chunks of lamb, along with a little cup of spicy vinegar dipping sauce, saffron rice, a yogurt-dressed salad, some flatbread, and a large helping of dal. we asked if we could please try the dal with spinach, as we had already tried (and enjoyed) their standard of chana dal in a thin red broth.
The order took about 10 minutes, as the lamb was grilled to order. The lamb was succulent and delicious. it was seared and smoky and tender and juicy, and full of marinated flavor. It came with some grilled onions and a chunk of tomato along with all the accompaniments. The one order was plenty for the two of us. The flavors, and wonderful umami, of the grilled lamb (dipped in the spicy vinegar sauce!) merging with the toothy chana dal and rice was supremely satisfying.
We capped the meal with a vietnamese iced coffee from down the aisle. Just another delicious visit to the Emeryville public market!