Everybody knows Queens has great Indian food, but what you may not know is that we also have awesome Bangladeshi and Burmese food. These countries all border the Bay of Bengal, thus the inspiration for this month’s Queens Dinner Club feast—Destination: The Bay of Bengal. No need for a boat though, just join us at the swanky Bamboo Lounge at Kaufman Astoria Studios on Wednesday Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind feast are $45 and may be purchased here.
Chef Myo Lin Thway the man behind Burmese Bites, a popular stand at the Queens International Night Market will be on hand preparing chicken keema palata, gossamer thin flatbread filled with spicy ground poultry. He’ll also be dishing out one of my favorites, ohno kaukswe a coconut chicken noodle soup tinged with fiery red curry.
I haven’t had katakat—a fryup of goat offal singing with the flavor of onions, garlic and ginger—so named for the sound of spatulas chopping it on the griddle since I took Andrew Zimmern to Kababish five years ago. So I’m especially happy Kababish will be preparing the Indian delicacy along with chicken kofta in curry sauce, chicken kababs and plenty of plain and garlic naan. Other Indian delights at the feast include vegetable samosas and poori from Merit Kabab Palace, which recently reopened after a fire.
We’re so lucky to have family owned and operated Bangladeshi eatery Boishakhi in Astoria and even luckier to have them preparing authentic Bangladeshi cuisine for QDC. Chef Tozammel says: “We started our restaurant business about two years back to appreciate my mother’s hard work. My mother always loved cooking. She worked so hard in other Bangladeshi restaurants to support the family. Now that we are grown up and have a successful life, we have decided we needed to give my mother her own restaurant.”
As always, Peter Zaharatos of Sugarcube will be creating bespoke desserts and the Astor Room will shake up a South Asian inspired cocktail.
Looking forward to seeing you at this celebration of the tastes of India, Bangladesh and Burma.