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Fazal
June 20, 2017, 10:52 AM
Hi Folks,

I am going to Bangladesh briefly. Looking for recommendation for you guys on the followings:

1. Books: Historical books on Bangladesh, liberation, culture, food, auto biography on past leaders , political. Not interested in novel please.

2. Restaurant: Looking for more deshi authentic food rather than italian/french/korean/western food.

3. Place to visit: close to dhaka. Not interested in high profile modern resorts.

4. Anything unique that you can recommend?

Thanks

Fazal
June 20, 2017, 11:05 AM
Should I try "Boro baper Polai khai"? or its too risky to try?

adamnsu
June 20, 2017, 03:01 PM
Should I try "Boro baper Polai khai"? or its too risky to try?

IMO it's over hyped. Kachi Biryani is a must though and available at many outlets . Also the khasir leg at any large Star restora was good.

I also enjoyed the khatta mix at BBQ tonight in Dhanmondi Rd 27 was amazing if you like spicy curry

Fazal
June 20, 2017, 03:50 PM
Kachi Biryani is a must though and available at many outlets .

Any specific restaurant(s)?

adamnsu
June 20, 2017, 04:18 PM
Any specific restaurant(s)?

Star in dhanmondi 2.

Go to YouTube and search India carnivore Dhaka. An Indian guy did 4 nice videos for food delights in Dhaka.

There is one on kachi biryani and the lamb leg at star

bujhee kom
June 20, 2017, 06:06 PM
Mama, you going to visit Dhaka?
Then you must go to Comilla Khadi Bitaan in Science Laboratory/Elephant Road and bring me a nice Comilla's Khaddar Panjabi...the kind that when you wear it in summer during Kurbani, you sweat like a butcher. You can get me a large and in Ghia color.
Shundor naksha jatey thakey, okay?

Also mama, Narikel-er Borfi khaitey iccha hoi..please tell Nanu-amma to send me a tiffin-carrier bhorti narikel-er Borfi with you. I will pick you up from JFK, Virginia porjonto tantey hobey naa...

Ohh also if there is any Kurbanir meat left...please bring me some kala goru shukna bhuna wrapped in Ittefaq newspaper. Also a Jamdani sari from Dhaka Jamdaani House on Baily road...for your bhagni! O khub Jaamdaani saari pochondo korey.

Ooh also, Jodi Khaati mithai + chhana pawa jai, or Chhanna Mookhi, Or you stopping by Comilla or Brahmanbaira?...maybe not, just a small box of Premium's sweet...mixed variety hoiley bhalo hoi.

Also some Tetul and a fried Bowal maach...put it in your suitcase.

ReZ_1
June 20, 2017, 11:05 PM
Mama, you going to visit Dhaka?
Then you must go to Comilla Khadi Bitaan in Science Laboratory/Elephant Road and bring me a nice Comilla's Khaddar Panjabi...the kind that when you wear it in summer during Kurbani, you sweat like a butcher. You can get me a large and in Ghia color.
Shundor naksha jatey thakey, okay?

Also mama, Narikel-er Borfi khaitey iccha hoi..please tell Nanu-amma to send me a tiffin-carrier bhorti narikel-er Borfi with you. I will pick you up from JFK, Virginia porjonto tantey hobey naa...

Ohh also if there is any Kurbanir meat left...please bring me some kala goru shukna bhuna wrapped in Ittefaq newspaper. Also a Jamdani sari from Dhaka Jamdaani House on Baily road...for your bhagni! O khub Jaamdaani saari pochondo korey.

Ooh also, Jodi Khaati mithai + chhana pawa jai, or Chhanna Mookhi, Or you stopping by Comilla or Brahmanbaira?...maybe not, just a small box of Premium's sweet...mixed variety hoiley bhalo hoi.

Also some Tetul and a fried Bowal maach...put it in your suitcase.


you are highly recommended to vist Desh atleast for a short trip.. :flag:

ReZ_1
June 20, 2017, 11:07 PM
Should I try "Boro baper Polai khai"? or its too risky to try?

Your ain`t a foreigner, are you? If you have atleast spent your childhood in BD your stomach is already used to it. Don`t worry just explore.
I am eagerly waiting for my turn..:waiting:

Roey Haque
June 21, 2017, 02:35 AM
Fazal, won't you have a bottle with me? JD.

Nocturnal
June 21, 2017, 03:52 AM
Book:

1. Quran-shorif Sorol Banganubad
By Former Chief Justice - Muhammad Habibur Rahman

2. Biography: Mashrafe
By Author-journalist Debabrata Mukherjee

3. Oshomapto Attojiboni
By Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

4. Kracher Colonel (bio of Col. Taher)
By Shahaduzzaman (a Medical Anthropologist, becoming quite famous in recent times)

adamnsu
June 21, 2017, 06:11 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFWWRxOREQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY5qaAw3Gmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfcIidqCDU

An Indian guy put these nice videos up. Quite disappointed by his compatriots respones though in the comments section

Bonglababu
June 21, 2017, 06:50 AM
I say, don't come to Dhaka at this time. You'll get Chikunghania. If you still haven't heard about it do some Google. And yes, indulging yourself into desi style oily foods will give you bad stomach. Keep a strip of pepto bishmol alongside.

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:25 AM
Star in dhanmondi 2.

Go to YouTube and search India carnivore Dhaka. An Indian guy did 4 nice videos for food delights in Dhaka.

There is one on kachi biryani and the lamb leg at star

Yes ... I will visit Star (banani) more than once.... that is the plan. Also I will try Mogoj.

I will watch "carnivore Dhaka" tonight.

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:28 AM
Mama, you going to visit Dhaka?
Then you must go to Comilla Khadi Bitaan in Science Laboratory/Elephant Road and bring me a nice Comilla's Khaddar Panjabi...the kind that when you wear it in summer during Kurbani, you sweat like a butcher. You can get me a large and in Ghia color.
Shundor naksha jatey thakey, okay?

Also mama, Narikel-er Borfi khaitey iccha hoi..please tell Nanu-amma to send me a tiffin-carrier bhorti narikel-er Borfi with you. I will pick you up from JFK, Virginia porjonto tantey hobey naa...

Ohh also if there is any Kurbanir meat left...please bring me some kala goru shukna bhuna wrapped in Ittefaq newspaper. Also a Jamdani sari from Dhaka Jamdaani House on Baily road...for your bhagni! O khub Jaamdaani saari pochondo korey.

Ooh also, Jodi Khaati mithai + chhana pawa jai, or Chhanna Mookhi, Or you stopping by Comilla or Brahmanbaira?...maybe not, just a small box of Premium's sweet...mixed variety hoiley bhalo hoi.

Also some Tetul and a fried Bowal maach...put it in your suitcase.

Ok BK bhai...I will try narikel-er Borfi, goru shukna bhuna, Chhanna Mookhi and tell yoiu how good/bad it was. And I will bring a Gamsha for you and tater shari for Bhabi. Now my suitcase will be oversized, can you arrange some kooley to carry the luggage, I will pay the tips.

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:30 AM
Your ain`t a foreigner, are you? If you have atleast spent your childhood in BD your stomach is already used to it. Don`t worry just explore.
I am eagerly waiting for my turn..:waiting:

No I am not. But left Dhaka long time ago...most likely I have semi-bedeshi peet.

yes that's the spirit I like....i.e. explore new thing atleast for one time.

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:32 AM
Book:

1. Quran-shorif Sorol Banganubad
By Former Chief Justice - Muhammad Habibur Rahman

2. Biography: Mashrafe
By Author-journalist Debabrata Mukherjee

3. Oshomapto Attojiboni
By Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

4. Kracher Colonel (bio of Col. Taher)
By Shahaduzzaman (a Medical Anthropologist, becoming quite famous in recent times)

Good recommendation Nocturnal. Where is the best place to get these? new market?

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:33 AM
Fazal, won't you have a bottle with me? JD.

What kind of bottle are you talking about?

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:34 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFWWRxOREQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY5qaAw3Gmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfcIidqCDU

An Indian guy put these nice videos up. Quite disappointed by his compatriots respones though in the comments section

Thanks, I will watch these tonight.

Fazal
June 21, 2017, 11:36 AM
I say, don't come to Dhaka at this time. You'll get Chikunghania. If you still haven't heard about it do some Google. And yes, indulging yourself into desi style oily foods will give you bad stomach. Keep a strip of pepto bishmol alongside.

Too late my friend. But thanks for the advice. yes definite I will take some preventive medicine with me for stomach, fever, etc.

Nocturnal
June 21, 2017, 06:21 PM
Good recommendation Nocturnal. Where is the best place to get these? new market?

I say New Market
2nd option would be Shahbagh Book Market

bujhee kom
June 22, 2017, 05:04 AM
Good recommendation Nocturnal. Where is the best place to get these? new market?

I say New Market
2nd option would be Shahbagh Book Market

Fazal mama and Noc,

Also try a very good bookstore - Omni Books in Dhanmoni....I am not sure the street name...please look it up online...excellent bookstore, on Bnagladesh history, architecture, art, archeology and all manily in English. There used to be a branch shop at the Hazrat Shahjalal - but unfortunately it is closed...Flying Bangalis wouldn't buy books no more - Perfume, yes. Books, no!...

bujhee kom
June 22, 2017, 05:07 AM
you are highly recommended to vist Desh atleast for a short trip.. :flag:

Insh Allah, I will come to your parents' house for a Dawath bhoje, Rezwan bhaiya!

bujhee kom
June 22, 2017, 05:08 AM
Ok BK bhai...I will try narikel-er Borfi, goru shukna bhuna, Chhanna Mookhi and tell yoiu how good/bad it was. And I will bring a Gamsha for you and tater shari for Bhabi. Now my suitcase will be oversized, can you arrange some kooley to carry the luggage, I will pay the tips.

ooohhhooo...Mama, you are my dearest mamu, you love me very much!
But honestly mamu - You are a very Kipta mama!

bujhee kom
June 24, 2017, 05:26 AM
Omni Books

122, Gulshan Avenue (Close to Rd. 113 and Rd. 37)
Gulshan-2
Dhaka 1212
Telephone : 02-9887346 , 02-8825918
Mobile : 02-9896052
Fax : 02-9890888
Website : None

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Words N Pages
125 Gulshan Avenue, SWB 7, Road 7
Gulshan-2
Dhaka
Phone No: (88-02) 882-0417, 02-9890832

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One World Education Resource Center

Palladium Building 3rd Floor, CENC1 , Road #95
Gulshan Circle-2
Dhaka
Phone No: 02-8852872-73

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Pathak Shamabesh

Gulshan 204/B [Second Floor]
Tejgaon Link Road
Gulshan
Dhaka
Phone No: (88-02) 986-1003

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Etcetera Bangladesh Limited

Plot #SeF1, Road #140
Gulshan Avenue
Dhaka
Phone No: 02-9886390

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DinRaat.
June 24, 2017, 06:24 AM
If you want to eat out try, Shakibs get the allrounder expierience

Roy_1
June 24, 2017, 07:35 AM
What is a kachhi biriyani? Is it similar to Hyderabadi dum Biryani? there are dozens of Biryani varieties available in India and I tasted them all, but never had this kachi biryani, not sure if available here.

Bonglababu
June 24, 2017, 08:17 AM
What is a kachhi biriyani? Is it similar to Hyderabadi dum Biryani? there are dozens of Biryani varieties available in India and I tasted them all, but never had this kachi biryani, not sure if available here.

It's a typical mutton biriyani of this place cooked with potatoes, boiled egg etc. perhaps it is the most generic form of biriyani in Dhaka

bujhee kom
June 24, 2017, 06:45 PM
What is a kachhi biriyani? Is it similar to Hyderabadi dum Biryani? there are dozens of Biryani varieties available in India and I tasted them all, but never had this kachi biryani, not sure if available here.

It's a typical mutton biriyani of this place cooked with potatoes, boiled egg etc. perhaps it is the most generic form of biriyani in Dhaka

Yeah Roy, just like Sandy mama (Bonglababu) explained...this Kacchi biriyani is very good around old Dhaka neighbourhoods, like Lalbagh, Koshaituli, Narinda, Motijheel.

The fact of the matter is the khashi - the goat meat (mutton) has to be kacha (raw) and it is cooked under the heat of the already cooked biriyani rice and spice...thus called 'kacchi' (kacha) ...it is a very unique process and there is flipping (involved) of the material inside the pot- meaning, during the process of the biriyani is being cooked, after a certain amount of time, you flip and let the mix meat mix ith the rice.

Anyway I am having a hard time explaining the process...because I myself can not cook it, and have not seen it being done very closely, or observed it carefully...

Also a lot of the restaurants in London and New York City that I ate at, would sell you biriyani dish as 'kacchi'. but believe you me, those are NOT kacchi...they do not even know how to cook that thing.

NoName
June 24, 2017, 07:25 PM
When I was young I thought kaachi biryani was made with kaachi fish :facepalm: