Locals get taste of Persian delicacies

Lyna Mohamad

The Embassy of Iran in Brunei Darussalam organised a cooking demonstration at the Shared Kitchen of the Youth Centre, for members of the Brunei Darussalam National Anti-Drug Association (BASMIDA) and the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam (CWBD) yesterday.

The demonstration was conducted by chef Ahmad, who prepared two Persian specialties: Kookoo Sabzi, a herb-baked omelette, and the traditional sweet dessert called Halva.

Chef Ahmad is a culinarian at the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With more than 30 years of experience, he has already showcased his skills in several countries, including Australia and Armenia.

Embassy of Iran official Javad Imani, who acted as an interpreter for chef Ahmad, said he is in Brunei for the upcoming celebrations to mark Iran’s National Day.

BASMIDA President Datin Hajah Masni binti Haji Mohd Ali said that apart from strengthening ties between Brunei Darussalam and Iran, the project aimed to introduce cooking enthusiasts to new recipes, while also supporting the use of the Youth Centre for entrepreneurial activities.

Previously known as the Youth Centre Kitchen, the Shared Kitchen recently underwent renovation to offer local F&B businesses an affordable commercial space to prepare their products. It is a joint collaboration between the Youth and Sports Department and DARe (Darussalam Enterprise), to bring the kitchen up to commercial and safety standards.

Local company Agribiz Group was appointed to operate the facility for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), where the fees cover the use of two stoves or ovens, free storage, use of utensils, lockers and consultations on applying for the Halal certificate.

The kitchen’s central cooking area is equipped with eight stoves – four which utilise high-pressure burners – and eight ovens, as well as an accompanying store and changing rooms.

Chef Ahmad and participants in a group photo during the demonstration. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
Chef Ahmad demonstrates how to prepare Persian dishes