Bastani-e nooni is a feast for the senses. The gorgeous yellow hue of saffron ice cream. The aroma of rosewater. The smooth texture of the cool, creamy treat countering the crispy wafers and crunchy sprinkling of pistachios.
Iran has made many lasting contributions to the world of frozen desserts, from the universally beloved sherbet (sharbat) to the noodle-accented treat known as faloodeh to ancient ice-storing towers. But the Persian ice cream sandwich is a particularly alluring blend of aroma, beauty, and flavor. Available year round, it becomes especially popular during the Persian New Year each spring when many Nowruz feasts conclude with the festive dessert.
Need to Know
If you can't make it to Iran, Los Angeles, California, has many Iranian ice cream shops, particularly in the neighborhood known as "Little Tehran."
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Where to Try It
Mansour Ice CreamMolla Sadra St., Vanak, Tehran, Iran
This humble shop is a favorite in Tehran.
Popilee PatisserieNew York, New York, United States
This pastry catering company (popilee.com) makes the sandwiches to order. They need one week's notice.