The last time we went to a local ice cream shop in Afghanistan was last summer, when we visited the capital Kabul.
It was not the ice cream we were looking for, but rather, the Biscoff Ice Cream and Ice Pop in the middle of Kabul’s Shah-i-Mizor district.
We bought a bag of ice cream for about $2, and were quickly seated in front of a line of customers waiting for their order.
“The Biscof Ice Cream was the best,” I said to my companion as we walked through the line of people.
“It is so smooth,” he replied, adding that we should try another shop in the area.
“But the ice is so old, I don’t think it can be used to make ice cream anymore.”
The ice cream I ordered was a delicious and thick concoction of ice, whipped cream and cream cheese, which is basically what I wanted.
“I just love that they make ice,” I told my companion.
“You get that buttery flavour from the butter in the ice,” he responded, before we were all ordered our ice cream.
When I told him we were in the Shah-I-Muzor area, he replied that it was a lot quieter than other places around Kabul.
The Shah-si-Mozor area is in the far west of Kabul.
“What’s this place?”
I asked, as we sat in line.
“That’s the Shahsi-mozor district,” he said, referring to the district where the Shahs are from.
“This area is home to the Shah and the other Shahi tribes, which make up the majority of the population in Afghanistan,” he explained.
“There are a few other areas in the city, but Shahsi is the only one with a Shahi community.”
“But I love the Biscotti ice cream,” I replied.
“How much do they make?”
“One Biscotto a day, around $6,” he answered, as he pointed to the line that had already formed.
“They make a lot of Biscottis,” I exclaimed, as I pulled out my credit card.
The line started to grow longer.
Eventually, we were able to buy the order and the ice creams.
I was not disappointed, as they were quite good.
“So what do I do with all the ice?”
I said, as my companion and I tried to figure out what to do with our orders.
“Well, you can make ice popsicles,” he suggested, as there was no ice cream available for sale in the store.
“Or you can eat ice cream popsicles with it,” he added.
I asked him if I could buy more ice cream in Kabul, as the Shahi ice cream was too expensive to be bought in Kabul.
I felt quite confused as I did not know what I was supposed to do next.
The next morning, we decided to go to the Biketas Biscoletice shop in Kabul to buy more Biscots, which we found in the freezer section of the store, and we proceeded to fill our bags with ice cream as well as other toppings.
I noticed my companion, who was standing at the counter, was not as excited as I was.
“Do I need to buy all these toppings?”
I told her.
“No, you just need to fill up your bag with ice creampuffs and then go to sleep,” she replied, as she pulled out her phone to take a screenshot of my conversation.
“Oh, that’s good,” I thought.
“Biketes ice cream is really good,” she said, adding she had tried Bikette Ice Cream in Kabul before, but had been disappointed by the quality.
“And I have to say, I think it is the best ice cream there is,” she told me.
She then took a screenshot and sent it to me.
“Here it is, and I am sure you will enjoy it,” she wrote.
“Please keep your comments constructive and constructive.
I will do my best to reply.”
The next day, I received an email from my companion saying that he was able to purchase a bag more than 10 bags of ice cream, and that he would be able to use it in the future.
“Thank you for sharing this with us,” I wrote.
The following day, we went for another trip to Kabul.
This time, we bought ice cream instead of ice popsicle.
The Biscoffee ice cream and the Biboice ice cream were equally good, although I was more excited by the Biskit ice cream since I had heard that it is made with the Bizot Biscuit, which means “biscuit”.
The Biski ice creamer was delicious, but I wanted to try the Biske Ice Cream instead.