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To every loving mother, there is no better arm candy than her baby dressed in those oh-so-adorable little outfits. Located in Banani is a store specifically dedicated to cater to the needs of these mothers. 'Happy Octopus' has been in business for nearly two years now. They keep a large collection of goods such as toys, clothing, shoes and other accessories for both girls and boys from the age group of six months to 10 years. Their product line is extensive to say the least.
The staff here are superb too. They always greet you with a smile and ask if you need help looking for something. They don't mind the children playing with the displayed products and never press you to buy things.
As per the saying that good things come in small packages, this store is relatively small in size but has excellent stock. They carry unique merchandise for newborns, toddlers, and older children but unfortunately they come in limited quantities and the choice of sizes available is limited. Even then, this is a place people would definitely visit when in need of birthday gifts for kids. Because the shelves are organised, you can check out the wares in accordance to what you need and save time otherwise wasted in rummaging.
Also, polo shirts, jeans and skirts for both girls and boys are available here but they are quite expensive as even the simplest of shirts cost you Tk.900.
Ac`pot for the kids! This store has by far the most widespread collection of accessories. They have cartoon digital watches with interchangeable covers. Tiaras and wands to make anyone feel like a princess. They have Swarovski birthstone earrings and normal bracelets, and hats and shoes. Everything can be bought in a matching set with the clothes. Depending on what exactly you are buying, nothing is really very overly expensive. And you'll want to buy those delectable socks and sunglasses.
This is a one-stop shop for cool on-trend stuff for kids but only if you are willing to pay a bit more.
Happy Octopus is located at B & B Empire, 3rd Floor, Holding #116, Road #11, Block-E, Banani.
By Noshin Nawal
A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA
By Tommy Miah
Green chilli fish kebabs
Heat the fennel seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns in a frying pan over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Grind in a spice mill or with a pestle and mortar. Stir the spice into the mixture and season with sea salt.
Mould golf ball size pieces of the mixture onto 12 soaked skewers. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
Cook the kebabs either on a barbecue plate or on a heated grill pan until golden on both sides.
Make the yoghurt sauce by combining the yoghurt, cucumber and mint. Season to taste with a little salt. Serve accompanied with steamed rice.
Honey chilli soy chicken kebabs
Preheat barbecue for high heat.
Lightly oil the cooking grate. Cook kebabs for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.
For the masala --
Heat a pan and dry-roast the chopped onion to light brown. Add the coconut and fry till evenly brown, stirring well. Transfer this to the mixer/grinder.
Then, dry roast all the other 'masala' spices on medium heat, mixing well, till a nice aroma is given out. You can add a few drops of oil if needed.
Add this to the grinder and grind well, with some water to a smooth paste.
For the gravy --
Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a thick-bottom non-stick vessel and fry onion till brown. Add the masala, 2 tablespoon at a time and fry well each time. Add the tomato paste and fry well for 2 minutes. Add the potato cubes and some of the stew liquid. Cook covered, till potatoes are done.
Add the meat and remaining stew, along with some nutmeg, salt to taste and 2 tablespoon vinegar or tamarind pulp. Add water if you need more fluid.
Simmer for a few minutes and serve hot with boiled rice.
Smoked spicy chicken
Bring spicy sauce to the boil until 4 cups of water is left. Strain. Add light soy sauce and sugar. Bring to the boil again. Put chicken in spicy sauce. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Cover wok with aluminium foil. Put in tea leaf, soft brown sugar and rice. Heat wok. Place an iron rack on wok. Put chicken on rack. Cover with lid. Remove from heat when smoke emits from wok. Bake for 5 minutes. Take out chicken. Brush seame oil on it and allow to cool. Chop up and serve.
Lanka red chicken
Remove the pieces of chicken onto a plate. Bring the stock rapidly to a boil, and continue boiling until it has reduced to about 150ml (¼ of a pint) and set aside.
Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Grate the ginger. In a medium-sized pan, heat the oil. Add the onions and the curry leaves, and fry until the onions are golden brown. Add the chicken pieces and continue to fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the chilli, paprika, the sugar and the stock and bring slowly to a boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chicken from sticking to the pan.
NEW IN TOWN
The hot dog stand
For much of the past decade, while pizza, sandwiches and burgers have taken the country's fast food scene by storm, hot dogs have remained in almost obscurity. The popularity of the Frankfurters was already cemented thanks to its stature of being a pop culture reference but it wasn't as widely consumed as others. It was really only about time before Bangladeshis also gave hot dog its due honour. That time has now come.
4sHotdogs, a novel concept by four friends, brings hot dogs right to the streets of Dhaka. As a street food, hot dogs unbeatable taste and value for money are legendary and we have seen all our favourite movie stars have a bite of the delicious thing at least once. Hence, no one can claim to be unfamiliar with hot dogs.
Knowing this Hasib, Shumon, Maksud and Shiblee, school friends from their days in Junior Laboratory launched 4sHotdogs nearly 2 months ago.
“Hot dogs have not been popular as a street food and therefore we came up with this concept, which is quite fresh,” Hasib, one of the owners, says. After its launch, the hot dog craze has begun growing and more than just the taste, it is also the delivery that keeps the customers coming back for more.
The hot dog cart is a fusion of the hot dog carts of the Western worlds and the fuchka carts of Bangladesh. The material used throughout the making of the cart ensures that it remains dust free and hygienic. The hot dogs themselves come in three sizes; 9 inches, 7.5 inches and 6 inches priced Tk.100, Tk.80, Tk.60 respectively. The hot dogs come with different dressings using chilli sauce, mustard, tomato sauce and garlic sauce. In the coming months, a few more dressings will be offered including the ever-popular onion relish.
The quality of the franks cannot be doubted; with Hot Breads being the bread partner and White Hen providing the sausages for the two larger sizes called 'Alto' and 'Presto'. For the smallest sized hot dog, “Uno”, sausages from the Canadian company Zabiha Halal is used. The value for money also cannot be debated; 4sHotDogs are filling and they are quite good indeed.
The hot dog cart is located, right off Banani Masjid, opposite White Hen and plans of setting up two new carts are underway. Next time you are hungry and in a hurry, give 4sHotDogs a try.
By Osama Rahman
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