A few months back when I visited Yue Kee Central, I came back as a disappointed customer but after their re-opening they managed to bounce back quite well! To start off, their interior is all baby blue and floral making it quite an Instagram-worthy spot! They also have an outdoor balcony seating arrangement overlooking Abahani field and honestly, the view of Dhaka city from there is breathtaking!
Assorted Dimsum Platter
(Prawn Hargow, Chicken and Lemongrass, Sesame Beef)
Amongst the 3 I think the prawn one really stole the show with how juicy the stuffing was. The beef comes second with its meaty yet mild flavor. The chicken ones wrapper was extremely thick and the stuffing bland.
Prawn and Cream Cheese Wonthon
This one could have been fried slightly longer but the stuffing was delicious! The combination of juicy prawn and thick cheese mixture is an amazing one!
Yue Spicy Fried Rice
This fried rice was filled with chicken, beef, prawn, and calamari! A must have from their menu if you love spice in your rice.
Seafood Rice Bowl
This one is a meal in itself. The prawn tempuras were fried perfectly and the Asian Pan fried Fish had a sweet and sour taste with a brilliant crispy batter.
Sweet & Crispy Sweet Chicken
I liked this dish of their better before. Unlike my last time, this one had an uber thick, non-crispy coating and an overly thickened sweet sauce.
Yue Fried Chicken
While the chicken was cooked really nicely with a crispy skin on. The sad bit was that the sauce didn't seep through the chicken as nicely. But if you cut off bits of chicken and dip it in the sauce, it tastes quite nice.
Garlic Mushroom with Red Oil
A MUST HAVE FOR SURE! The thick red oil (as they call it but it doesn't taste anything like red oil), is sweet and peppery and goes really well with the meaty mushrooms. While they are canned ones, they managed to clean it really well as neither the smell, nor the taste bugged me.
Beef and Mushroom in Mahlak Sauce
Lean cuts of meat were dipped in a thick brown sauce which has a curry like taste. Personally I wasn't a big fan of it because of how deshi the taste was but the beef was really tender.
Red Velvet Cupcake
The red velvet looked really cute and perfect! The frosting managed to stay in place but slightly lacked the vinegary acidity but overall is one of the best red velvets I have had in town. They serve the same ones at The SweetSin café as well.
Honey Noodles with Almondflakes
This dish is addictive no matter where I have it. The sweetness here wasn't as overwhelming but the noodles could use a little bit more frying and toasted nuts.
By Ifreet Taheea
Two documentary films of independent documentary filmmaker, film editor and educator Fauzia Khan were screened at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh on Sunday.
The screening of these two documentary films, “I Had Something to Say” and “Story Without an END” was jointly organized by Goethe-Institut, the German cultural centre, and International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), as part of their monthly film screening and discussion series “Through Her Eyes - A space to watch and discuss films with women filmmakers of Bangladesh”.
“I Had Something to Say” deals with the life of adolescent girls in Bangladesh. It was made with the participation of rural and urban teenage girls from different parts of the country and different social status and background. Their experience of being sexually discriminated against is reflected in this documentary where they share how the patriarchal social system took away their adolescence.
The other film, “Story Without an END” is based on the sexuality of women in Bangladesh. Depicting the untold stories of women from different social backgrounds and positions, the film also narrates how their experiences as women became almost similar in nature. In the male dominated society, women had been portrayed as mere objects of sex or inferior sex when it comes to sexuality, without any regard to their personality, positions or dignity- and that was told in this documentary.
A music video, made on the song “Sob Kota Janala Khule Dao Na“ in memory of 1971 Liberation War martyrs, was also screened at the event. Joined by film enthusiasts, makers, students and journalists- the screening of these two films and the music video was followed by an interactive question-answer session.
Both the films represent different timelines, with “I Had Something to Say” being made in 2005-2006 and “Story Without an END” in 2012-2014. Concept, Research and Script was made by the Director Fauzia Khan and the films are produced by AV Center, Steps Towards Development.
Renowned Bangladeshi musicologist, classical musician and writer Mobarak Hossain Khan (81) breathed his last on Sunday at his residence in West Rampura in the capital.
Reenat Fauzia, educationist and daughter of the Swadhinota Padak- winning classical artist, told UNB that her father passed away in his sleep at around dawn. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the last few days.
His body was taken to BIRDEM mortuary and will be buried after his elder son Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan’s arrival from the United States on Tuesday, she further informed UNB.
Cultural personalities including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Bangla Academy director Habibullah Siraji paid their condolences over the legend’s death.
In his eventful life, he served as the director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (the National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Bangladesh) from 1992 to 1996 and former Chairman of Nazrul Institute. He also served Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh and former Radio Pakistan) for 30 years.
He was also a visiting lecturer of College of Music in Dhaka and associated with the Department of Drama and Music of Dhaka University and Rajshahi University, and wrote over 50 books including Sangeetsadhak Abhidhan (Dictionary of Musicians), Amar Sangeet Swajan (My Music Kindred), Bangladesh Muslim Sangeetsadhak (Muslim Music Devotees of Bangladesh) and three English books- Music and Its Study, Islamic Contribution to South Asia's Classical Music and Ustad Alauddin Khan: The Legend in Music, published from New Delhi’s Sterling Publishers.
He also contributed to the 'Banglapedia' (the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh) published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
Mobarak Hossain Khan was born on 27 February, 1938 to a family with a rich musical heritage in the Nabinagar Upazila of Brahmanbaria District in Chittagong, in what was then British India- as the third son of eminent classical music artist Ustad Ayet Ali Khan. He earned his M. A. in History from Dhaka University.
He played the Surbahar, a stringed instrument meant for classical music.
Mobarak was married to singer Fauzia Yasmin, sister of renowned Bangladeshi singers Farida Yasmin, Nilufar Yasmin, and Sabina Yasmin. He, alongside his eldest brother Ustad Abed Hossain Khan and younger brother, National Award-winning Bangladeshi music director and composer Sheikh Sadi Khan have all been awarded the Ekushey Padak.
He left behind his elder daughter educationist and sitar player Reenat Fauzia, elder son Architect Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan and youngest son Tanim Hayat Khan.
For his excellence in Bangladesh’s cultural sector, he was awarded the Swadhinota Padak (1991), Ekushey Padak (1986), Bangla Academy Literary Award (2002), Nazrul Gold Medal Moulana Akram Khan Gold Medal and Atish Dipankar Gold Medal.
Planning minister MA Mannan said during an event at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Saturday that "The daughters of Bangabandhu became utterly helpless abroad when the great leader was killed, as the aftermath of 15 August was scary- and Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury, country’s renowned and respected diplomat, was the first one to protect them with care. He sheltered and saved Bangabandhu’s daughters, and Bangladesh is incredibly grateful to the late speaker of the parliament.”
The minister, also the chief guest of the evening, spoke highly about the late Speaker of the Parliament at the event, which was a solo musical tribute by renowned folk singer Himangshu Goswami to the great diplomat and one of the most eminent personalities of Sylhet, Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury.
The event, jointly organized by ‘Speaker Humayun Rasheed Smriti Parishad’, was also attended by Cultural Affairs minister KM Khalid and Secretary Dr Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal NDC as special guests.
KM Khalid paid his respect to the late Speaker of the Parliament, saying “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina often expresses her deepest gratitude to Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury. He was the one who protected Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, the daughters of Bangabandhu after the brutal 15th August- and PM never forgot that favour. He was a dear one not only to Sylhet, but to the whole country who also glorified Bangladesh to the rest of the world.”
Hosted by Speaker Humayun Rasheed Smriti Parishad’s Chairman and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md Nojibur Rahman, the event also featured a solo discussion speech by Public Service Commission (PSC)’s Chairman Dr Muhammed Sadique who said “we are here to celebrate our own culture, our own heritage which got recognition from UNESCO - and this type of cultural activities became possible thanks to the smart and iconic personalities such as the great diplomat and late Speaker of the Parliament, Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury.”
Singer Himangshu Goswami, who has a musical legacy spanning over 40 years of involvement with Bengali Folk and Devotional music, expressed his emotion regarding the special event saying “I came here from London to perform in this tribute musical night to Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury, who was a cultural mind with living colours. I still remember playing the tabla at a musical programme arranged by him in the Pakistan era when Tagore songs were banned- which prove how brave he was for his culture, music and country.”
“Sylhet is a land of musical beauty with tremendous cultural heritage, where Humayun was born- and I am really proud and happy to tribute the eminent diplomat through my tones and tunes of Sylhet,” singer Himangshu Goswami continued.
Later the singer performed folk and tribute songs in the solo musical night, with renowned musicians of the country.
Even though a lot of restaurants in town claim to serve authentic Mexican cuisine, only 2 or 3 actually do. Even El Toro, which has been around for decades, has adapted their dishes to our taste buds. La Cantina in Banani is a new Mexican place which not only sources their produce straight from Mexico but also brought in an international chef to help prepare their menu.
I absolutely fell in love with the creamy and refreshing Guacamole which comes with slightly salty and light chips. If you're looking for the perfect guac in town, this is the place to go. The Nachos' 1:3 portion had me stoked. Stacked with black beans, fresh salsa, pickled chilis, cheese (both white and melted yellow cheese) and lime cream, this is a dish to kick off catch-ups with friends. I would have liked to dip some of the chips with some sour cream though.
Next came the Baja Fish Tacos. I'll be honest, the soft shells tasted more like 'ruti' despite of the corn flour being sourced from Mexico. The fish was fried yet light. The chipotle cream and pickled onions added some flavor but not the punch that I had expected. I'd recommend you to ask for their spicy sauce which definitely adds a kick to every bite.
As for the Horchata, it tasted like spiced water with Cinnamon to me. Since it's made with rice milk, I appreciate that those with lactose intolerance can opt for this drink but for myself, I wouldn’t order it again.
For desserts, we ordered these crispy sugary treats stuffed with Dulce De Leche (caramel) called Churros which are served with an ancho chili chocolate sauce.
Previously, I would order Churros at Cilantro but over time, they have become quite oily. But the ones here are just perfect! They're crisp yet doughy and the caramel stuffing is just the cherry on top. The slight hint of spice from the ancho chili of the chocolate sauce balances out the sweetness from the caramel and cinnamon sugar.
The Tres Leches Shortcake are 3 small milk cakes which are topped with mango mint salsa. I was impressed by how light yet flavorful the cake was. The texture of the cake is between plain cake and pudding. It's spongy and as soon as you have a bite of it, you get a mango milk taste. Overall, simply put, it's cake and mango milk. Wish the taste of the mint was more prominent and the portion was slightly bigger.