The Quest for Barbari Bread is Over--sorta

The Quest for Barbari Bread is Over--sorta
by Sargord Pirouz

Well, it turns out Barbari bread is readily available in my neck of the woods. It comes from the Afghan bakery I'd seen on the internet. It's been available to local Persian stores for about three years now. (I'd given up by then after many years of trying.)

So upon hearing the bread would be delivered to the store the next day, I kept my expectations low. Next day, I picked it up, folded it and put it in my bike's luggage compartment (similar to the one in the pic above). At one of my destinations, with tea, I gave it a try.

It doesn't quite have the same appearance. It's definition isn't up to the one available in the old country, and it doesn't have the same color. The crust is softer, the bread chewier and the overall taste a little off. I'd qualify it as a semblance of the real thing. Sort of like how a German citizen feels when he comes to the US, orders a lager beer at the bar and gets a Budweiser--he must feel the same way I felt upon eating this "Barbari" bread.

Still, it did bring back memories and I'll be buying it again. It represents a simple pleasure--good bread, a nice ride, a good coffee or beer--the things that make a simple man like myself happy. But I can't help thinking how much better the Barbari bread is for my cousins back in the old country. A simple pleasure they get, to which we settle for mere semblance.


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Haven't heard it. Sing it in a YouTube video for us, please.



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Have you heard this song:

"Barbari abi hayat, barbari jan beh fadat... Barbari, barbari, barbari, barbari...." 


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Well Simorgh...

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When in the US, you drink beer and light firecrackers on the 4th of July.

When in Iran, you eat Barbari bread and light bonfires on Chaharshanbe Suri.

There might be different takes but it's still the simple things wherever you find yourself. That's my advice.

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Faryarm, thanks for the tip. I might give them a call.

DA, I saw that band play live on stage at the H-D 90th Reunion in Milwaukee. 


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Shame it isn't on sale in the Islamic Republic unless you buy it on the black market. There are other fat fifty year old men in Iran  who also want to enjoy the simple things in life like eating barbari bread and a nice can of Budweiser in the same way you do.....if only alcohol was Iran (unless you are an Armenian). 


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YO, Sargord

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What's up with you and the barbarians going saring and garding on a tushy cow bike?

Are you an IAASHAH?


"Stuff happens and some, one way or another, get stuffed"


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I came across an Armenian Baker called Ararat in NY. Their Barbari is by far the most authentic, I am told due to the NY water , which produces the exact look, feel and taste of Barbari as one exoects.

I once asked John the Baker to next day Fedex some to friends...