Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Sushi Tei is not your average fusion sushi restaurant. So, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Upon entering, we were greeted in Japanese loudly by every member of the staff which is very unique in Bangladesh. The atmosphere was brightly lit, and it seemed like they could house over 100 customers at a time. The staff who was assigned to our table was knowledgeable about the menu and ensured that the food came promptly without any compromise to its presentation.
First came the appetiser: the Hanasaki Ika Tempura (squid) and Chuka Wakame (seaweed). This fried squid was different not only in terms of its shape but also the flavour. The smelt roe adds a burst of sweetness despite being so tiny. The seaweed also had a subtle sweetness to it and if I had to describe the texture in a word, it would be rubbery.
Next arrived the sushi and sashimi! The Mentai and California Maki looked neat and the portions were great compared to the price point. I cannot begin to rave about how delicious the mentai sauce is. The Dai Dai roll and Spicy Aburi Maguro & Salmon Roll were nothing too special. I didn’t like the idea of mango in a savory sushi on the other hand, the Spicy Maguro’s fish tasted meaty, smooth, and buttery for a fish but the other ingredients just did not do justice to such a fine protein. The Gyuniku Roll is what I saw pictures of the most on social media. The thin slices of beef had more of a teriyaki flavour to it which I loved! However, beef and mushroom, maybe too much meatiness?
One of my favourite dishes was the Salmon Mentaiyaki (Grilled Salmon with Cod Roe & Mayonnaise sauce). Again, the Mayo sauce won the show complimenting a side of grilled salmon which had a crispy exterior and a beautiful, soft, and pink salmon meat.
For the Chicken Katsu/cutlet, slices of chicken breast were served with velvety and satisfying gravy and a side of rice. The gravy was thick with an umami flavour to it and the cutlet itself was really juicy though it looked dry. I would highly recommend this dish to anyone who wants a safe option at a Japanese restaurant. We ordered a side of Spicy Fried Rice, too. I could definitely taste the spiciness at my first spoonful, but it was the good flavoursome spiciness that would keep you craving for more. There were enough crabmeat and chunks of squid, so you will definitely get your bang for the buck.
While Sushi Tei abroad is a place from grabbing a quick bite, in Bangladesh it is considered to be quite a pricy experience. Their prices range from BDT 250 all the way upto BDT 2400. What I appreciate from the franchise is that they have started offering Bento boxes and student meals, which are always hits amongst Bangladeshi consumers.
By- Ifreet Taheea
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) - Travelling is fun, just like a breath in fresh air. My each journey is made of countless stories, meaningful memories and new discoveries. Exploring new things is the best part of my every journey. There are lots to learn while visiting new places. I am always open to new experiences, get to know the people and the culture of each new place I visit and all memories end with some kind of change. And the feeling is different, oh-so-refreshing!
Last year, I went to an incredible country `INDIA’ and explored four cities in Rajasthan and Agra for one week. But here I will share my unforgettable experience of my first camel safari in the Golden city ‘Jaisalmer’.
Jaisalmer, the ancient fort city is famously known as `Golden City’ of India because the yellow sandstones used throughout the every architecture of the city that shines like gold. The main attraction of Jaisalmer is to ride a camel through the rolling sand dunes of the Thar Desert.
When I first came across some wonderful shots of Thar Desert in my Instagram explore, they straightaway got stuck so deep in my mind.
My dream came true when I first stepped into the sand dunes. I was totally overwhelmed to see this dusty golden beauty.
Before getting into there we needed to book our camel safari. There are loads of companies in every alley of the city offering safaris. But I was lucky enough to get the booking done by our hotel owner. It was a great deal, only 600 rupees for two persons whereas others were offering 1,000 rupees per person. Isn’t it great???
Then I met my super cute camel ‘Bablu’ and climbed aboard for our sunset ride out into the desert. When the camel stood up, I was up high...YAY!!!
At first, the ride was a bit less comfortable but when my camel started plodding along I got to enjoy the scenery. During the ride, my little camel handler stopped us in the mid of the desert for taking insta-worthy desert and camel pictures. Click Click!
After one hour of riding, we reached our designated sunset point and sat on the sand to admire the sunset. OH! This was so beautiful, surreal and so romantic. I can never forget this magical view over the barren sand dunes.
Post sunset we headed towards the hotel. Though we missed the desert, safari camp under the sky was full of stars. I think, I will come back just to experience this desert campfire. All I can say, it was truly an incredible experience to witness this dramatic desert life of India. I just love every bit of it.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) - Since childhood, I was fascinated by few usual and unusual food items. For example, I was crazy about Fuji Noodles (only the 80’s kids might remember this), Milk Tea aka Dudh Chaa and Tang. Unlike most of the kids, I was never much into chocolate. There used to be many lying in the refrigerator but I never eyed those. As I grew older, I somehow developed my liking for it, especially dark chocolate. Of course I like the usual ones but I am quite particular about those. My only constant craving since childhood is Milk Tea. I have been trying to get rid of this obsession but badly failed to do so.
The first time I heard of the drink ‘Chocolate Chaa’ was back in the year 2016 in Peyala Café. Being both a chocolate and chaa lover by then, I was quite fascinated to order it. It was simply a Chaa with a hint of the chocolate flavour. It was alright and I wouldn’t mind ordering it once a while.
Chocolate Chaa from Peyala Café
Recently, during my vacation in Kolkata, I came across this very pretty tea stall named TRIPTI Café outside the Rabindra Sarobar metro station. They serve more than 20 types of tea starting from Milk Tea to Chili Tea. What caught my attention was the Chocolate Lassi.
I liked the presentation. The best part was that it was neither too sweet nor too chocolaty which is a plus point for the ones who don’t like much sweet in their drinks/desserts. But I wish it was served a bit cold.
Being a tea addict, I had to drink the Chocolate Chai. Adding chocolate chips to the Chocolate Chai made it taste different than the one in Peyala Café. I would definitely visit TRIPTI Café again to drink this tea.
When in Kolkata, I would recommend all the chocolate and chaa lovers like me to try out this Café. Good value for money.
London, March 5 (Xinhua/UNB) -Exposure to social media marketing of unhealthy food could lead to an immediate increase in children's intake of unhealthy food with more calories, a new study published in Pediatrics Monday suggested.
With an aim to examine the impact of social media marketing of snack foods on children's snack intake, researchers of the University of Liverpool in Britain designed a control experiment which consisted of 176 participants aged nine to 11.
The participants were randomly split into three equal groups with each assigned to one of three influencer-marketing conditions: healthy food marketing, unhealthy food marketing, and non-food marketing, and shown artificially created social media pages of popular vloggers consuming different kinds of food.
The result showed that children in the group that viewed unhealthy snack images consumed 31.5 percent more calories from unhealthy snacks specifically, and 25.5 percent more calories in total compared with children who saw non-food images (the control group).
According to the study, even though acute experimental exposure to influencers promoting unhealthy food on social media revealed direct influence on children's food intake, healthy food endorsements on social media had little or no effect on them regarding healthy food intake.
"Tighter restrictions are needed around the digital marketing of unhealthy foods that children are exposed to, and vloggers should not be permitted to promote unhealthy foods to vulnerable young people on social media," Anna Coates, a member of the research team, said in a report published on the university's website.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB)- ‘Piyaju’, also known as lentil fritters, has become a popular snack in Bangladesh over the years. It is generally made with different types of lentils a.k.a. daal, onion and coriander leaves but nowadays, many people also use vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. Piyaju is also a popular iftar item that pairs well with Chhola and Beguni. Over the last few years, I have seen this snack being served during late mornings as well as early evenings with tea. But it is best to have with a spicy dip a.k.a. chutney and a steamy cup of tea.
There’s one place I have always found this snack irrespective of the seasons since childhood. That place is Chittagong’s Patenga and Naval Sea Beach. There are always a few mini stalls on the beach road that serve plates of hot, mini crispy Piyajus for BDT 30. The price is quite reasonable and the food is hygienic. A plate of hot and crispy Piyaju makes the scenic beach view more enjoyable.
Piyajus have become so common that you will come across food carts serving them in all commercial areas. But if you are highly concerned about health, then you should not eat them from roadside carts as they are more deep fried than they should be. The cooking oil used to fry is mostly either stale or used before to fry other snacks.
Before consuming the difficult to resist tasty and crisp snack, it is important to know its caloric value. Every piece of Piyaju contains 75–100 calories leading to a total caloric value of 350–400 per plate.
As for me, I love Piyajus during monsoon and winter with a hot cup of tea!