Mövenpick is the most expensive ice cream once can imagine. And here it is. Not just a stall, but a whole shop in the middle of Dhaka.
There is a North Korean restaurant in Dhaka called Pyongyang. Yes, North Korean!
The food was pretty average. Amongst many dishes one could choose Instant Noodle or Beef Leg Salad.We had some traditional (as we were told) North Korean beef, that you need to put in a piece of lettuce, add 3 different things (one of which was a whole piece of garlic) and eat!
After we had our dinner the entertainment part started and this is what everybody is coming here for. First it was some singing
Then it was some dancing
And of course karaoke! You could choose from the thousands of songs
In the end you could also buy some souvenirs
Come and visit me in Dhaka and I will take you to North Korea!
My first restaurant visit was to the place called Attin, which serves “authentic Arab food”.
It was totally not bad, but by the local standards extremely expensive.
We shared a plate of appetisers for 1500 taka
I also decided to try shrimp, because the seafood here is supposed to be super great. And these tiger shrimps looked very pretty
… but unfortunately didn’t taste as good as they looked. They weren’t bad, but just not something I would go back for. And yeah, the dish cost 1200 taka.
But the appetiser plate is definitely worth a return visit!
Doing my homework on the country, I learned that Bangladeshi sweets should be absolutely great.
So I decided to try.
There was a nice man in a local sweets shop
And plenty of sweets to choose from (this is a half, I would say)
So I got a small box and just picked up random stuff
And…it wasn’t very good. How Jade would say: “There is a reason why this local stuff is not popular worldwide”.
The three of us could only manage a bit and nobody was excited to finish the box
Some of it was too sweet and some of it had no flavour, some tasted like very sweet cream and some was just like bread soaked in syrup.
My local friend told me though that there are more sweets and that they are great, so there will be more sweet news.
Those who know me, know that I love fruit. And that I eat a lot of fruit. Therefore I was so much looking forward to discovering all the local fruits that one can find here!
But! Once here I was told to express cautious and buy fruits and vegetables only at the “big” stores and not at the markets or street stalls, because of formalin, which is a strong solution of formaldehyde.
For example, I bought some funny berries (in a “big” store) that everybody is referring to as “local gooseberries”. They are called star gooseberries or leboir in Bengali. When I brought them home though, our cook (yes, we have a cook) told me that I should first put them in a bowl of water, add bit of vinegar and let them soak for about an hour before eating.
When I asked him why, he said that all the fruits and vegetables, even before cooking, should be soaked in water and vinegar to clean them off the chemicals.
That is a sad story.
Here is a sour story, because these star gooseberries are very sour and look like this
At work we get lunch and two snacks a day — at 11am and 4pm (those from Google, be jealous ;P).
Here is today’s 11am snack, which comes from a local Danish bakery called O-Danish. There are a lot of onions inside and something else, but I still don’t know what it is. And I suspect cinnamon in it too.
Update. Apparently, there is chicken in it as well. Surprise!