Tea Stall in Dhaka
Wherever you go in Bandladesh (BD) you will find roadside tea stalls or Cha Ghor to offer tea and other light snacks such as biscuits, processed sweetbuns, bananas, gum, cigarettes, etc. The person running the tea stall is commonly called Mama Uncle or Khala Aunt.
Tea stalls are not just tea stalls in BD. It’s a part of culture, social ritual, and much more. Locals hang out and socialize here, deals are sealed, and friendships get started. Total strangers may offer you a cup of tea. In Bangladesh, foreigners are accepted with a welcoming attitude and warm hospitality.
Tea is served in small glass mugs, either with condensed milk or cow milk that has been boiled for long to concentrate, and always with lots of sugar. Multiple aluminum kettles are used to boil tea and milk at various stages over propane flames.
The taste comes from boiling strong black tea. Also thick milk and lots of sugars, sometimes with ginger and some spices contribute to the uniqueness of the taste.
The tea stall I tried was a very basic one in Uttara, Dhaka and had very limited snacks. There were benches to sit and enjoy a cup of street tea, but many people often enjoy tea just standing.
The tea stall video is one of the many travel videos I made in my Bangladesh visit. Click on the link provided below or on top to watch. I have not finished posting all my travel videos from my Asia trip yet. I am expecting to finish posting these in the next 4-5 months as I have lots of videos and you can track my trip day-by-day.