Kolkata: Sweets from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick

Eh, that place looks nice eh?” Azri remarked a few days ago as we drove past a dessert shop, on the way home. “Since 1885 somemore,” he continued. I agreed with him that the place looked grand and made a mental note of visiting it soon.

“Soon” arrived this afternoon and I realized that my brain capacity to remember names has deteriorated – I totally forgot the name of the shop! But fortunately, keying the right keywords in Google allowed me to find the location: Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick. YAY for Google, oh what would I do without it!

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“Mishty Magic Since 1885” Source: Kaushik Basu

The sweet shop was a 10 minutes walk from home. By the time we reached, we were drenched in sweat. Pandai kan, jalan pukul satu petang bile panas terik? Heh. Absolutely thankful for the air-condition in the shop.

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A variety of desserts were displayed but only a couple were labelled with names. To make matters less convenient, the staff couldn’t speak English and when they named the desserts, the Hindi words meant nothing to us. Thus we did what humans do best: Judged superficially and pointed at the prettier ones.

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These six cost us 90 rupees and mild toothaches. Haha, they were so sugary, boleh potong kaki kind! Azri enjoyed the rounded orange one. It’s the chewiest of them all. And my favourite is the top left. I can’t pinpoint the exact flavors but it’s milky sweet with a crisp of freshness. Also, it reminded me a lot of the Indian sweet that Dad used to buy me from Tekka when I was young.

Obviously we still haven’t figured out their names. Azri plans to ask people at work about it, but if you already know them, please share your knowledge 🙂