Exactly About A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Gorgeous, Gorgeous In Iraq

Exactly About A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Gorgeous, Gorgeous In Iraq

Upon arrival within the southern Kurdistan town of Sulamainiyah, Anil and I also immediately discovered ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants when you look at the vicinity of our resort. Most likely, up to the period, really the only food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, perhaps not due to an irregular love for such food, but for the reason that it ended up being all we’re able to get in the rest of this area.

In order quickly as evening approached and our hunger grew, we eagerly wandered up to the bigger regarding the two Chinese restaurants we’d seen and prepared ourselves for the essential feast of yummy Asian food.

Needless to say, had we taken a few momemts to correctly think this plan through, we would have paused before carefully deciding to enter this 2nd flooring restaurant. Truthfully, the indication out front side prohibiting us from going into the establishment with any weapons or knives needs to have acted as being an indication that is clear it was maybe perhaps not your typical “lo mein-fortune cookie-free green tea” sort of Chinese eatery.

And I’m perhaps perhaps not certain regarding your friendly neighbor hood Chinese restaurants, nevertheless the people we frequented once I had been more youthful and residing in the usa, failed to need me become completely frisked by a big, fabric man that is jacket-clad walking through the doorway. Fortunately, Anil and I also had both determined at the last second to keep our AK-47s and machetes inside our college accommodation and thus we both passed the protection check, and after that we wandered up to a dining dining table nearby the windows.

And even as we sat down, the very first thing we noticed, as though this wouldn’t have taken place to us before, had been that the truly amazing Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant had been one seedy establishment. Not merely had been we really the only clients, nonetheless it had been eerily dark inside, with just flashing fairy lights in the walls, which created an environment that more closely resembled a brothel when you look at the backstreets p orn hub of Mumbai (from just exactly what I’ve observed in movies needless to say).

Aside from our findings, we had been happy to place this sketchiness apart and pay attention to satisfying some Chinese food to our hunger.

However when the waitress, a young woman that is chinese approached our table, we had been quite astonished to locate ourselves in the middle of a discussion that went something such as this:

Waitress: She states one thing in Kurdish Us: We stare blankly at her

Waitress: “Kurdish? ” Us: “English? ”

Waitress: “You reside right here? ” Us: “No. We travel here. ”

Waitress: “What would you like? ” Us: “Food. Can a menu is seen by us? ”

Waitress: “Food? ” ( with a look that is incredulous her face) Us: “Yes, food. ”

Waitress: “Chinese meals? ” Us: “Um…yes, Chinese food. ”

Waitress: “Kurdish food? ” Us: “Chinese meals? ”

Waitress: “Chinese meals? ” Us: “Yes, Chinese food. ”

She then stepped away and came back with a menu, although provided her response above plus the dusty state for the menu, it absolutely was quite clear that this Chinese restaurant had not been exactly used to serving Chinese meals. In reality, we possibly may perfectly have already been the very first individuals to ever request a menu.

As soon as we did go through the menu, the costly rates detailed next to each product finally forced us to alter our minds about sampling the area cuisine that is chinese.

But, only at that point, we had been quite interested in our surroundings and desired to find out more about the thing that was happening in this joint and thus we handed the menu back again to the waitress and ordered drinks instead. We figured one beverage could be reasonable before using down once more searching for some food.

Minimal did we understand that the alcohol Anil ordered will be regarding the “abnormally big can” variety nor that whenever I asked for the “whiskey”, I became purchasing a bottle that is actualalbeit a tiny one) of this material and not one cup. Because of this, one drink that is quick as a 2.5 hour session even as we sat here when you look at the Great Shang Hai viewing the spot fill up along with other guys whom also ordered absolutely absolutely absolutely nothing but beverages. As well as the whole time, Anil and I also debated forward and backward once we attempted to add up of that which was actually taking place in this strange spot.

It may have quite well simply been a club, but after viewing a few of the patrons slip wads of Iraqi Dinars to the fingers of just one associated with the waitresses then check out beg the bartender to permit the waitress to stay at their dining table I began to think otherwise with them(such requests were always refused.

Here’s a quick movie to offer you a significantly better concept of the fascinating restaurant this is the Great Shang Hai:

Notably reluctantly, after completing our beverages (yes, we completed the container of whiskey and Anil finished down two beers that are large, we made a decision to keep because of the fact that individuals had been now beyond hungry at this stage.

So when our bill arrived, it had been remarkably inexpensive, maybe a sign that it wasn’t a brothel or underworld hangout in the end. Often at such places (again, therefore I’ve heard), you can’t take in the quantity we did for a simple 10,000 Iraqi Dinars ($8.50 USD).


10 minutes after leaving the fantastic Shang Hai, we stumbled as a restaurant called “Pizza Plus”, which we were maybe not amazed to uncover really specialized in sandwiches. Although, my eyes did almost bulge from their sockets and drool did start to drip from my lips upon observing an assortment of fresh salads also.

But obviously, because this ended up being Iraq, not really an easy dinner of sandwiches and salad might take destination without one thing interesting occurring. This time around it absolutely was the person behind the countertop whom served us the meals, a new kurdish other whom informed us which he now lives in Norway. And upon hearing that this young chap life in Norway, we then asked him why he had been back Kurdistan.

Their response ended up being fast and also to the point, although notably confusing: “I get back to Kurdistan for cash and sexy, sexy! ”

Adequate stated. We sat down at our dining dining table and shoveled our meals into our mouths in silence.


With bellies complete, plus the evening nevertheless young, Anil and I chose to go to see exactly what seemed to be the most famous night time hangout in most of Sulaimainiyah – the Shawany Maliek Cafeteria.

We stumbled inside this crowded, two-level shisha cafe and grabbed two big, comfortable seats within the part. And eventually, there we sat, using turns blowing smoke high into the atmosphere even as we shook our minds in disbelief during the day’s events. (a single day started with our encounter with all the United States aquatic who had been surprised by our presence in the area. )

Into the final end, we sat in this cafe for more than three hours, way too content to maneuver.

I were in agreement that this day ranked quite high in terms of memorable travel days we’d each experienced when we finally walked back to the hotel just before midnight, both Anil and. As well as perhaps that is hard to think, it sounds like an unexciting or even dumb story when read here as I don’t know, maybe.

So then i guess next time you’ll just have to join me and experience it for yourself, which you’ll actually have an opportunity to do once I announce, within the next few weeks, the new project I’m working on ?? if that’s the case,