Sunday, December 18, 2016

Eating the Globe: Bangladesh

Bangladeshi/Bengali was a tough one to find. But there's a place in Fremont called Bongo's. When we got there at 12:15 for lunch, it was empty. But by the time we left, it was packed.

I went with my godson and his father. My godson just finished his first quarter as a freshman at the University of Washington. It's wonderful to see a kid experiencing new things, with the whole world ahead of him.

We started with a chicken egg roll. The wrap was very reminiscent of a Chinese crepe-- chewy and savory. There's a scrambled egg inside along with little chunks of chicken. The sauce tasted like Thousand Island dressing. It was not spicy.

In fact, none of the dishes were very hot. I thought I would be sweating and sniffling. But the spiciest item was my yogurt drink (mishti doi). It tasted of cucumber and some sort of chili pepper.

This was the egg and chicken mughlai paratha. It also tasted Chinese. Inside this fried bread were eggs and chicken. Very savory.

The rice was so-so. It was clumpy.

Roasted chicken on the left. Potatoes and peas (alu posto) on the right.

On the left is the sorshe ilish, a herring-type fish in a mustard sauce. Chicken jhol is on the right.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

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