Hut: Now in Bangladesh!
Finally, what we've
all been eagerly anticipating has finally come to pass: Pizza Hut has
opened in Bangladesh.
A journey that began
in 1958 with two college students from Wichita, USA, has now become
a leader in the global pizza industry, with over 1200 restaurants in
100 countries. "Good times start with great pizza" is their
motto. Looks like it's our turn to have some good times.
Transcom Foods Limited, a concern of the Transcom Group, is the franchisee
of Pizza Hut in Bangladesh. The outlet, with a seating capacity of 220
persons, is located on South Avenue, Gulshan I. This is the first of
a total of five outlets that they plan to open in the country over the
next three years.
Pizzas are obviously
the main focus of the place. The Pan Pizza and the Italian Pizza, two
of their signature crusts, are definitely worthy of mention. Other than
that, Pizza Hut offers a range of scrumptious soups, beverages, pasta,
salads, and desserts…quite a treat for the taste buds.
Other than the food itself, the place is definitely a great hangout
for all age groups, with its bright lights and cheerful décor,
a separate play area for children, and not to mention the fun and friendly
waiters, who really know how to jazz up a special occasion. All these
at affordable prices!
So give yourself
and your loved ones a treat, and head on to Pizza Hut for an unforgettable
Sabrina F. Ahmad
Dhaka's latest craze
30 July 2000 --
a group of Scrabble addicts got together and played Scrabble well into
the night. As the evening drew to a close they knew that The Scrabble
Club of Dhaka was born. They soon realized they needed a fixed location,
as they couldn't go on playing in each other's homes. After a long search
for premises the fledgling club was given accommodation by Reshad Khan
of Club Amazon, and the Scrabble Club moved there on 5 February 2002,
where they continued till 25 October 2003. Now the club has relocated
to The Gulshan Club and hopes to have a long association with them.
During the initial
period of the club's existence, Ruby Zaman had the highest percentage
of wins. From 15 October 2002 till 14 October 2003, the Scrabble Club
started a leader board with the intention of recognizing the best player
over a one-year period, based on the highest percentage of wins. The
best player of the year was Salma Sobhan who won 81.67 percent of her
games over the one-year period, and was the clear winner.
Another commendable achievement was Nusrat Huq's score of 522, on 8
July of this year, the highest individual total of any game during the
The Scrabble Club
has now been in existence for nearly
two years and is looking to increase its membership, and to be able
to challenge the best clubs in our region. If Thailand could have the
fastest growing Scrabble-playing community in the world, Bangladesh
with its advantage of having a larger pool of English-speakers should
also be able to grow at a similar pace. Schools and colleges could help
in promoting this marvelous word-building game, with the Scrabble Club
of Dhaka, also playing its part.
true taste of Asia by
16 boal or ayr fish slices
Salt to taste
¼ cup of lemon juice
1 cup coriander leaves
4 green chillies
½ cupgrated coconut
3 tspns cumin seeds
6-8 garlic cloves
3-4 banana leaves
Clean, wash and cut fish into bite-sized pieces. Now sprinkle salt and
half of the lemon juice and keep aside for half an hour.
Grind coriander leaves, green chillies, fresh grated coconut, cumin
seeds and garlic to a fine paste.
1 Kg ... ayr fish (2' chunks), deboned and skinned
3 tbs ... Malt vinegar
2 tbs ... Ginger Paste
2 tbs ... Garlic Paste
1/2 tbs ... Red Chillies (fresh), ground to a paste
1 tsp ... Ajwain (carom seeds)
1 tsp ... Haldi (tumeric powder)
2 tbs ... Chilli powder
2 tbs ... Zeera (cumin) powder
1/2 cup ... Eggs, whisked
2 tbs ... Besan (gramflour)
2 tbs ... Maida (flour)
Salt to Taste
Oil for frying
Chaat masala to sprinkle on top
the fish pieces and pat dry. Dissolve a little salt in vinegar and marinate
fish for 20 minutes. Remove fish from vinegar, press gently between
two paper napkins to remove moisture.
In a bowl, mix eggs, ginger, garlic and chilli pastes alongwith ajwain,
haldi, chilli powder, zeera powder, besan, maida, salt and coriander.
Evenly coat fish pieces with this mixture and leave to marinate for
Heat oil in Kadhai, fry fish pieces until crisp and golden brown.
Drain excess oil, sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot, garnished with
600 gms of boal fish
1 cup yogurt
Salt to taste
2 small sized onions
3 green chillies
2 tblspns of ghee
2 bay leaves
3-4 green cardamom
wash and cut fish into medium sized pieces. Whisk yogurt, add salt and
marinate fish in this for twenty minutes.
Peel onions and grate them. Wash green chillies and slit them into two.
Take ghee in a kadai and add bay leaves, cloves and green cardamom.
Cook for fifteen seconds. Add grated onions. Sauté for five to
Add halved green chillies and fish marinated in yogurt. Bring to a boil.
Cover and cook on a low fire for seven to eight minutes.
Chef's Tip : Some people like this recipe cooked in mustard oil. If
you wish to use mustard oil, bring it to a smoking point, cool it and
then use as normal.
750 gms ... boal or ayr fillets
3 tsp ... Red Chillies (fresh)
2 tbs ... Cocunut dessicated
2 tsp ... Ginger, chopped
6 ... Garlic cloves
3 tbs ... Maida (flour)
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Lemon wedges for garnishing
Wash the fish fillets and pat dry.
2. Sprinkle maida over fillets and keep aside.
3. Grind togeather,red chillies, cocunut, ginger, garlic, vinegar and
just enough water to make fine paste.
4. Add salt and evenly coat fillets with this paste.
5. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry fish till crisp. Serve immediately,
accompanied by lemon wedges.
Eid is long gone,
and life is back to the humdrum of daily chores. Except that you're
stuck with the post festival cleaning up. We know how it feels. Read
on for some quick shortcuts to cleaning.
Boil soap water
in the ratio of one teaspoon of detergent to one cup of water, in
your teapot. The tea-stains will vanish.
To remove oil
and grease stains from your costly party wear, dip the affected area
in kerosene and rub vigorously with a little besan. Wash off with
soap, and lightly iron the garment. Please note that it is risky to
use this method and will not work on old stains.
Got chewing gum
stuck to the floor? Remove it with kerosene…and then shoot the person
who stuck it there.
For sparkling windowpanes, rub them with used tea leaves soaked in
Did you get stains
on your bone china? Use nail polish to get rid of them. Be careful
if the china has painted motifs…the nail polish might remove the paint
Planning to clean
your diamond jewellery? Rub chalk powder over them, and then rub gently
with a warm, dry cloth. They will regain their lost sparkle.
Finally, to clean
your system after gorging on all the Eid eats, drink a glass of water
with a piece of jaggery dissolved in it. It will take care of any
acidity problem you may suffer from.
Sabrina F Ahmad
Situated in Kemal
Ataturk Avenue, Banani, Bashori is a restaurant serving up various
kinds of food, starting from Bengali dishes, Chinese cuisine to mouth-watering
Shahi foods like the biriyani and numerous kinds naan and kebab and
even fast food items.
This place is
particularly busy during the midday when students of the surrounding
private universities flock here for a filling lunch. Besides, businessmen
and professionals from many walks of life can't help but stop by Bashori
to savor their mouth-watering dishes during this hour of the day.
Bashori offers a wide variety of eats; you can always rest assured
that at least one of the dishes is standing ready to satiate your
But since Bashori
is a proper restaurant, the interior doesn't hold up a boisterous
setting, which is very good. So if you want to take your friends to
a quiet lunch somewhere then don't wait to choose Bashori. The attendants
are really prompt and helpful. But since so many lunch-lovers stop
at this place for their mouthwatering lunch, it might often be difficult
to grab an empty table especially during a busy working day.
The interior is
dimly lit and furnished tastefully with wooden fixtures. So, the nest
time you wish to take a break from a hectic morning and want to your
friends and colleagues to enjoy some truly palatable chicken
biriyani or bhuna
khichuri during the noontime set your feet in Bashori. You will like