Kids trying to decide what snack to buy outside a school in Mirpur, Dhaka. Offerings include boiled eggs, starfruit, "chotpoti" which is made from chickpeas, boiled potatos and a spicy tamarind sauce, and "phuchka", a crispy shell filled with spicy vegetables and tamarind sauce. When I was growing up in Bangladesh, I enojoyed this food immensely. But after living in the West for many years, I find that my resistance to tropical bacteria has weakened and partaking of such delicacies has dire consequences. 1991.