RAWALPINDI: A Homeopathic doctor by profession hailing from Muzaffarabad, Rabia Tahira broke taboos when she decided to run a mobile restaurant in Islamabad’s twin city of Rawalpindi.
Running her venture “Chaye Shashka” successfully for nine months on the city streets, Tahira says, “The response from the society has been very positive and encouraging toward my work. I have regular customers ranging from children to students and even families who come for takeaways and at times also enjoy the delights with some hot tea on the spot.”
Her small restaurant run on a three-wheeler Qinqui from 7 p.m. till 3 am serves a variety of parathas (bread) including ones stuffed with chicken, potato, and cheese complimented by seven different types of sauces. The menu was recently expanded by adding burgers, which are also very popular among customers.
“I started this business on a rickshaw because I can’t afford a proper shop. So, with a lot of moral support from my family, I am able to run this business on the road,” said Tahira.
Benefiting from her education and course in culinary arts, Tahira seeks to enhance her business through social media by running a Facebook page, “Chaye Shashka.” Her followers grow gradually but she is optimistic to have her proper food setup in Rawalpindi soon.