Food in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a fisherman’s paradise. Historically, the majority of the country has plentiful freshwater river fish, particularly the Hilsa, which has been designated as the “national fish.” Hilsa has a wonderful flavor, but some people find the numerous fine bones difficult to handle; if you can eat this fish, you’ll be on level with the natives in terms of fish and bone experience. There are many Hilsa cuisine dishes that are appropriate for all seasons and locations of the nation. Lamb is also popular in most Muslim nations because to its thin or firm texture. Rice is nearly usually served as a side dish. Pork is prohibited in Bangladesh due to Muslim beliefs, and it is neither eaten nor marketed.
Potatoes, eggplant, pumpkins, and tomatoes are common components in mixed vegetable curries. Pumpkins, tubers, and certain root crops are widely available. Vegetable varieties are more varied in urban regions (Dhaka, Chittagong, etc.) than in rural ones.
The salad concept differs depending on the worldwide norm. In Bangladesh, lettuce is undeveloped, and ‘raw’ veggies (excluding cucumbers) are usually not regarded edible or appealing, particularly in rural or suburban regions and in families. Most salad vegetables (carrots, celery, lettuce, peppers, and so on) were not even produced in most farm homes in the past, thus their usage was very uncommon. As a result, circular slices of onions and cucumbers seasoned with salt, paprika, and other spices are often served as a dish of lettuce in Mughal customs.
In general, Dal is a side dish or a plate of food for all families, even the poorest and most devoted to the land (who often can not afford any other daily food). The majority of Bangladesh differs from its West Bengal equivalents, and even more so from its Indian counterparts, owing to its watery nature and lack of strong or spicy flavors. To use a basic comparison, most Dal Indians resemble strong peas, while most Bangladeshis resemble soup or mild broth. In Bangladesh, Hindus have a larger variety of dal recipes as well as vegetarian meals. Muslims like dal that is thicker and more spicy. Dal recipes vary by location in Bangladesh, so don’t generalize based on a single encounter.
Fresh fruits such as bananas (Tk 5-7 / piece), apples (Chinese, Tk 100-150 / kilogram), oranges, grapes, Pomegranates, and papayas are plentiful, and hard-boiled eggs (dhim) are a favorite snack (Tk 10-15). Mangoes (Tk 25-90 / kg in summer) are a delicious and versatile fruit that is widely consumed in Bangladesh.
Burgers, skewers, spring rolls, veggie burgers, and virtually anything else that can be tossed into a fryer may be found in most cities’ fast food restaurants and bakeries. The majority of the products range in price from 30 to 120 TK per person. Pizza Hut, KFC, A&W, and Nando’s are among the worldwide fast food brands in Bangladesh.
Chomchom is one of the many sweets available in Bangladesh.
You must visit ancient Dhaka to experience Dhaka’s flavors. Hadji Brieyani and Nana Buriani are required. The Shahi cuisine of Al Razzak Restaurant is likewise well-known. Kori Guest on the Dhanmondi Satmosjid Road, the Kasturi Restaurant in the Gulshan & Purana Paltan neighborhood, and the Kasturi Restaurant in the Gulshan & Purana Paltan area are all good places to try local cuisine. Nobody should leave Bangladesh without seeing Dhaka and Chittagong. In Bangladesh, there are also numerous Chinese and Thai restaurants serving regionalized Chinese and Thai cuisine. Bally Way in Dhaka, followed by Satmoshid Road, is the country’s unofficial food strip. Japanese, Korean, and Indian eateries may be found mostly in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka. Visit Moven pick, Club gelato in Gulshan for world-class ice cream. Babecue tonight in Dhanmondi is the finest place to taste Kebab, followed by Kolasa in Gulshan.
As in neighboring nations, the majority of Bangladeshis eat with their right hand. Never put food in your mouth with your left hand, but you may use it to put a drink in your mouth or serve food from a simple plate with a spoon. Every restaurant will have a hand-washing station (usually just a water jug and a bowl if there is no running water), which you should use before and after your meal. Pour a tiny quantity of rice and a little amount of curry onto the open area of the plate (typically on the side of the slab closest to you, far enough inside the edge but not in the center of the dish) and mix the rice and curry with your fingers. Then make a tiny ball or mound (it should be compact and modest, but not perfectly formed or anything-function takes precedence over form!) Take a handful of the mixture with all of your fingers and place it in your mouth. Your top fingers and hands should not be filthy, and your fingers should not enter your mouth. These restrictions are only applied to young children and foreigners/tourists. It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish it all; just be aware that the whole restaurant will be watching and waiting to see whether you do. A big grin will result from attempting to eat with your hands and failing miserably. Cutlery (save for tablespoons) is seldom used in rural and poorer homes, while utensils (such as spoons and forks) are sometimes seen in metropolitan restaurants and more western urban households. The usage of hands, on the other hand, is a more humble and culturally acceptable gesture, particularly among tourists.
With the exception of finer metropolitan eateries, table swap is normal and even expected in most places. Many establishments have separate curtains for ladies and families, providing a welcome respite from prying eyes.
Drinks in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, there is practically little nightlife. Alcohol is frowned upon in Bangladesh since it is a Muslim country, and it can only be found at foreign clubs and the most expensive restaurants in Dhaka, as well as certain restaurants in tourist areas like Coke Bazaar. An occasional beer imported from Myanmar may be found in Teknap and St. Martin. Some of the city’s most opulent hotels offer full-service bars with exorbitant rates. However, the lack of commercial availability of alcohol does not necessarily have to be associated with the mainstream society’s culturally negative attitude to alcohol. Bengali Christians and many urbanized senior Muslims, in particular, are likely to have a more liberal, Western attitude about social drinking. However, most five-star hotels, such as the Radisson and Sheraton. DJ / dance events are held often at Shonargoan, Regency, and other clubs in Gulshan. If they’re fortunate, foreigners may be able to attend one of these gatherings. The typical entrance price for such events is approximately 2000 Tk. The assembled crowd is mostly made up of young individuals from the top and higher social classes. In any case, western-dressed hired buddies are available in certain locations. Foreigners seeking for a clean break should keep a safe distance from them. Alcoholic drinks are very uncommon.
In this city, coffee is an aperitif for the middle class “Adda” (gossip). “Coffeeworld,” a prominent franchise with many locations in Dhaka, is a popular choice. Coffee in a can is commonly accessible.
Tea may be found almost everywhere. If you don’t want milk, ask for red tea.
Even if they are concerned about wet or cold beverages and filthy mixers, fruit juices are plentiful, diverse, and tasty. During the hot season, raw cane juice is readily accessible and typically safe, as are coconuts, which are also frequently available.
It is illegal to smoke in public areas. If you smoke in public, you may be fined 50tk.