Kuluck Persian Restaurant Is a Sensory Tour of the Arab World
Just like the stews, rice is a big component of Persian cuisine, and Kuluck offers multiple varieties.
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Tah-dig is one of the more popular versions. Referred to as crispy rice, it's basically a tall cake of rice encased by the crunchy golden layer that forms around sides when cooking. For an additional dollar, you can add your choice of stew or, for another three bucks, fesenjoon, a sweet and sour stew made of chicken, walnuts, and pomegranate syrup.
Go early, if you want to try it.
"It's so popular, we can hardly keep up," Shirdel says of the rice.
Sabzi polo is another favorite rice dish. Served with either salmon or fried tilapia, it mixes cilantro, baby dill, leeks, green onion, and garlic with Basmati rice for a combination that's fresh and nutrient-dense. It's usually consumed with friends and family for Nowruz (Iranian New Year) on the spring equinox.
It's a holiday Kuluck celebrates every year -- this year, 450 people showed up for the event. Although Shirdel now focuses on the restaurant, he frequently hosts parties and is even working on putting together a Persian festival in Boca Raton next year. (He was heavily involved in another Persian fest in West Palm Beach a few years back.)
Though his background is in the entertainment industry, for Shirdel, cooking and the restaurant industry was a natural fit.
"Like entertaining, a restaurant is kind of entertainment too," he says. "When people taste good food, you see their reaction. It's nice to satisfy someone like that."
Dishes include: Yellow split pea stew $12.99; Beef & green herb stew $13.99; Crispy rice $6.99; and Fish & fresh herb rice $17.99.
Kuluck Persian Restaurant, 7821 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-236-9955, or visit kuluck.com.
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