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THE MELTING POT
In today's column, we look at some authentic Malaysian recipes, which I got from my Malaysian friend, Chef Rozaiman, who is also the Head Chef of one of Dhaka's most renowned restaurants -- The 8, in Gulshan 1.
Malay dishes comprise of the cuisine of Malay people from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand. Different regions have their unique dishes. Due to the spice trade through Malaysia, the Malays took in various spices and cooking techniques from the Arabs, Indians and the Chinese and incorporated them into the Malay cuisine.
Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce
For peanut sauce:
Add ingredients B. Add ½ cup of water. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until the gravy is thick. Add sugar, salt, peanut and remove from heat. The sauce is ready to be served with the satay.
Ayam Masak Merah
Heat ghee oil, sauté spices and blend item till fragrant, add tomato paste and tomato ketchup. After a few minutes, mix in deep fried chicken and braise it till gravy becomes thick. Adjust seasoning. Garnish with green pea and fried shallot and serve with plain rice.
NEW IN TOWN
At times like this, when I have been sitting in front of the laptop for quite a while with my spine curved outwards and my neck extended forwards, I often wish for some magical touch to take away all that stiffness. I stretch and bend and get back to work, but it never seems enough. I bet I just painted an all too common scenario for many of you out there but today I come not only with complaints but also with a solution. Enter -- Ashram.
Ashram is a professional, holistic therapeutic chamber which aids in curing health issues of numerous types and intensities and promotes relaxation for anyone in need of it. This new establishment commenced its journey from 12 September, at 17/1, Shukrabad, West Panthapath. Offering 11 different types of therapies in her service list, Alisha Rahman, the sole resident therapist, opened this establishment to fill in a huge gaping hole in the health services sector of the city.
“In Bangladesh, the idea of massage as a therapy does not exist at all whereas it is a great substitute for medication and surgery in combating diseases such as heart problems, arthritis and many, many more,” states Alisha. “Here we have been taught to see massage as strictly a means of pleasure by the many beauty spas which are currently offering them, but very few of us actually know the clinical power of massage in aiding to cure diseases.” And hence to properly integrate massage and therapy she started Ashram, where she will work strictly on an appointment basis.
With Ashram, Alisha stands apart from the other similar establishments because of her greater knowledge in this field. A graduate in Clinical Massage Therapy from Clary Sage College, USA, Alisha worked at numerous massage clinics across USA and hence can truly differentiate between rubbing oil on your back and rubbing tension out of your muscular system.
“We had to learn about the whole human muscle structure as part of our major, that's why I know what to look for in my clients' bodies and where to focus.” Alisha explains, “I do understand that most people will not know what kind of therapy they need and because of that Ashram will be providing them with the required consultancy after checking up on their medical reports or based on their verbal complaints.”
Alisha's service list includes massages ranging in price from Tk 1200 to Tk 5000 for sessions of 30 minutes (for specific body parts), 1 hour (full body) and 1½ hours (full body with special focus on specific parts). There is the Swedish Massage, which is for basic relaxation and stress relief and is the starting point for your journey with Ashram if you are more into prevention than cure. From there you can move on to Deep Tissue Massage or massages more specific to your needs such as Sports Massage for sports injuries, Trigger Point massage for arthritis, Trauma Massage, Hot Stones therapy etc.
Ashram is more than just a business for Alisha. Her aim is to integrate the use of massage therapy in our culture and Ashram is one means of doing that. To extend our knowledge on this subject, Alisha maintains a website and a Facebook fan page, both of which provide you with information and articles about clinical massage therapy.
“As I see it, most people who are suffering from heart disease, strokes, chronic back pains, sports injuries, circulation problems etc., resort to medication and surgery without knowing what other form of alternative therapy is available for them. I have a wish to be able to help people with dealing with health issues through the holistic art of therapeutic massage, which can increase the body's natural healing process and cure or control diseases 75 to 85 percent.”
Everyone from new born babies, to pregnant mothers to stressed executives to hyperactive teenagers to aged individuals; everyone can reap the benefits of the knowledge and experience that Alisha has brought to our city in the form of Ashram. Ashram is what the name depicts; a spiritual hermitage, where you can hide away from the world and all its stresses and finally look after the greatest gift God has given you. Your health.
By Raisaa Tashnova
Ena la Mode
Eid maybe out of season for the next two months but Ena la Mode is not yet ready to give up the festive garb. Check out discount offers at all their outlets. Gulshan branch: Pink City Shopping Complex (2nd Floor), Shop #9, 15 Gulshan Avenue, Road #103, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212. Uttara branch: House #4, Road #12, Sector #6, Uttara, Dhaka 1230. #028954954. www.enalamode.com
Bangladeshi cosmetologist sets new trend
Bipu Akhtar Samina, originally from Bangladesh, now runs a successful business on her own as a cosmetologist in the USA. On her recent visit to Dhaka, after more than a decade, she talked about her feelings and about her profession and its prospect in the country.
Explaining cosmetology, Samina said that it actually covers all aspects of cleanliness and beautification of the exterior of the body. While learning about cosmetology, one is trained in the skill of hair care, its maintenance, beautification, colouring, trimming etc., along with skin care, manicure, pedicure and more.
Completing her graduation from Bangladesh, she started studying cosmetology in the US, where she has now opened her own business about a year ago. Talking about the reason for choosing the subject, she said she always dreamt of becoming a cosmetologist because they are the ones who set new trends in the fashion industry and she felt a natural urge for the profession.
Having qualified as a cosmetologist, Samina started working as an assistant with different hair stylists in New York for a couple of years before opening her own salon in Florida in 2010.
Spread over an area of about 2000 sq feet, she has opened her salon at Pinellas Park, close to the heart of the city. Services offered from her beauty care centre mainly concentrate on hair styling and skin care, she said.
Bridal hair setting, hair cuts, hair colouring, hairdos, permanent straightening, hair perm, hair extensions, hair braiding and protein hair treatments are some of the facilities available at her outlet.
For skin care, they offer manicures, pedicures, cosmetic skin treatment including waxing, threading, eye lash and eye brow tinting, permanent make up, bridal make up, facials etc.
Samina generally makes use of herbal products as well as medicated products for different kinds of hair problems besides she also suggests that clients take Vitamin E capsules whenever required.
To get acquainted with the latest trends in the business she participates in the hair show held every year in Orlando. Hair stylists, aestheticians, manicurists; everyone involved with the fashion industry participates in the programme which showcases the new technological advancements, trends and products in the fashion world.
Participating in such shows is very important to keep track of where the business is heading, she said adding that these also help people innovate their own style and present it before the market.
The business of hair and beauty care is very sensitive in the US she said, adding that special attention always needs to be given on health and hygiene of the clients as well as the work stations of the salon. Officials visit salons to find out the health and hygiene status of the shop, with irregularities resulting in fines or even license cancellation.
Asked whether she intends to open one such facility in Bangladesh, Samina said it's too early to think about it.
By Z A M Khairuzzaman
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