A taste of Bangladesh

Ahshanul Shourav came to Australia to study accounting in 2009, and discovered a love for cooking while he was here. With the help of his Mum he learned all the Bangladeshi staples from afar, and honed his skills on his flatmates. A year and a half ago he opened  Bottola restaurant in Lakemba (with his business partner Arifa Ferdous). At Bottola you can eat all the classics from Ahshanul's homeland. 

Ahshanul Shourav is the chef and co-owner of Bottola Restaurant, which specialises in food from from Bangladesh.

Ahshanul Shourav is the chef and co-owner of Bottola Restaurant, which specialises in food from from Bangladesh.

Fuska is a delicious Bengali street food filled with smashed potato and peas and topped with tangy tamarind dressing.

Fuska is a delicious Bengali street food filled with smashed potato and peas and topped with tangy tamarind dressing.

Kacci biryani with marinated goat meat is one of Bottola's specialties.

Kacci biryani with marinated goat meat is one of Bottola's specialties.

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The Happy Baker: Eddie from Belmore Lebanese Bakery

Eddie Zanbaka, owner of Belmore Lebanese Bakery, on the art and science of baking, growing up catholic in Lebanon, adjusting to life Down Under, the investment that changed his career and finding happiness in simplicity.

Belmore Lebanese Bakery specialises in made-to-order flatbreads and fatayars that Eddie has perfected from years of experience--with some help from a master Lebanese baker.

Special thanks to James Mcgowan of jamesmcgowanaudio.com for his help on this episode-- I had significant problems with the recording quality on this and thought it was going to be completely unusable, but he worked his magic and made the episode 1000 times better.

Eddie Zanbaka prepping one of his famous oregano rolls, with a marinated lamb flatbread in the foreground.

Eddie Zanbaka prepping one of his famous oregano rolls, with a marinated lamb flatbread in the foreground.

Freshly baked, flakey and perfectly browned, and stuffed with a blend of halloumi and feta--not pictured is the perfect flat white that I drank with it. I recommend both!

Freshly baked, flakey and perfectly browned, and stuffed with a blend of halloumi and feta--not pictured is the perfect flat white that I drank with it. I recommend both!

Too hungry to worry about pretty pictures.

Too hungry to worry about pretty pictures.

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Lay Lay Naing from The Burman Kitchen

After years of working in retail and focusing on being a Mum, Lay Lay Naing fulfilled a life long dream when she opened The Burman Kitchen last year. She shares her stories and love of Burmese cuisine here. Check the Burman Kitchen out on Facebook here for some tantalizing pictures of their food! The Burman Kitchen is at 44 Railway Parade in Granville, New South Wales (02 8677 0152).

The Burman Kitchen team: Tin Tin Khine, Cassandra Naing and Lay Lay Naing

The Burman Kitchen team: Tin Tin Khine, Cassandra Naing and Lay Lay Naing

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