Mission Ranch Market is the anchor of Mission Viejo’s large Persian community, baking fresh, wonderful sangak and other breads, keeping a deli where everything from sholeh zard to mast-o-musir and all the other great Persian dips get whipped up daily, piping Farsi-language music to keep people entertained as they decide on which Sadaf spice to purchase. The long stroll through the store will make you hungry, so at the end is a buffet that matches the one at Wholesome Choice polo for polo, kabob for kabob, and even bests them in some instances. Take their tahchin, which looks like cornbread but is in reality saffron rice whipped with egg yolks and yoghurt, shaped into a cake, with a chicken middle and burnt rice on top, topped with tart barberries, as fluffy as a quiche and as filling as a pilaf.
God bless the entrepreneurial wile of immigrants, those hardy souls who repurposed cookie-cutter strip malls, shopping plazas and office parks into vibrant centers of commerce, transforming us from a staid, Stepford wasteland into a wonderful... More »
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