Curries Rotting in the Kitchens

The Conservative government’s restrictions on immigration are causing an acute staff shortage, said Shahanoor Khan, the secretary general of the British Bangladeshi Caterer Association. Already, he said in an interview, a third of the nation’s 12,500 curry houses are facing closing because they cannot find chefs.

…… “Because of immigration, you have tikka masala,” said Paul Scully, a Conservative lawmaker and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group of the Curry Catering Industry. [The chairman of the WHAT?!? – ed.] Curry proves that immigration is no threat to Britain’s “cohesive society,” he said, criticizing Theresa May, the home secretary, who told the Conservative Party conference last month that migrants were endangering national cohesion.

Mohammad Azad, the executive chef at Cafe Saffron in Shrewsbury, said he had tried to hire Europeans. But there were “so many barriers in the kitchen, starting with the language,” he said at a curry chef awards ceremony held in London. …

“When it gets busy in the kitchen and you start shouting in Bengali, it’s difficult for a Romanian to understand,” Mr. Azad said, raising his voice above the din.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So his argument is: “If you have ever enjoyed tikka masala, but do not support an unlimited amount of third world immigration, you are a hypocrite”.

    Yeah, I think I’ll do without your exotic spicy chicken, thank you.

    Oh, and learn English.
    That will solve almost all of your communication problems with people from cultures other than your own while in The UK.

    • Katyn

      “When it gets busy in the kitchen and you start shouting in Bengali, it’s difficult for a Romanian to understand,” Mr. Azad said.

      LOL. I couldn’t make that up. It sounds like a comedy show.

    • tom_billesley

      Tikka masala was invented in Glasgow.

      • wallyj180

        So was bannock, those Scots may be under-rated.

        • tom_billesley

          Deep fried battered Mars bars were invented in Stonehaven.
          The Scots are culinary adventurers.

        • ntt1

          They also came up with Scotch eggs, you can either eat it or bludgeon somebody to death with it

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I worked in a lot of kitchens.
      When it counts you speaka engrish.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow_rkzKGBEg

  • wallyj180

    Easy curry for those who only understand English;

    1/2 bottle Patak’s curry paste, madras is my fave, vindaloo if you like it hotter.
    4 or more big cloves of garlic
    3 medium sized onions
    4 medium potatoes cubed
    2 lbs. of chicken,beef, or lamb cubed. Goat works too.
    big can of diced tomatoes
    big can of water
    Coconut milk (optional)
    Beer , 6 trad ale is recommended.

    Start drinking beer.
    Dice the onions and garlic, saute for a few minutes.
    Add the paste and simmer and stir for about 10.
    Drain tomatoes,save the juice and add tomatoes to pot.
    Meanwhile boil the potatoes for about 5 minutes.
    Toss in can of water and the juice and bring to a boil.
    Add meat and potatoes and simmer for a couple of hours.

    If it gets too thick add more water.
    If it is too hot or if you want it creamier add the coconut milk.

    You now have a curry that will make even the most diverse mouth water without having to speak one word of a foreign language.

    • wallyj180

      Woo hoo, featured.

      To add to the above:
      Patak’s paste cannot be substituted. It may cost a buck or two more, but it is the best, by far.
      When you are simmering or sauteing, do not let the garlic burn. If it turns black, start over. The beer helps in that situation.

  • Seneca III

    I quite like curries and always cook my own. As for the legions of head banging ‘chefs’ and their ‘we only take cash’ bosses these parasitical, corrupt, tax evading scum can get stuffed.
    And that goes for my local Chinese take-away as well. They are all taking the piss and our local and national civil servants paid by me and my fellow tax payers to exercise a modicum of fiscal integrity do sod all because it just might be racist and offend the rights of our ‘multiculti enrichers.’.
    I really am having a serious humour failure here and I no longer give a damn even if that means the Though Police come knocking on my door with an arrest warrant signed by a government apparachnik.
    PC my arse – time to stand and be counted.

  • tom_billesley

    I guess some of us willl have to get used to Syrian food.

  • canminuteman

    I love curry, but not enough to move India to my country so I can get my fix. I’ve been making Indian food at home for decades. And now with the internet I can get tutelage in cooking anything I want to try right at my fingertips.

    • ntt1

      One of my friends an ethnic Indian spent time in india on business and reported the best curries he had were in Britain on the way back.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    You had me at start drinking beer.

    • tom_billesley

      There’s a recipe for Guinness cake:
      1. Bake rich fruit cake and turn upside down, place in larder.
      2. Open a bottle of Guinness and pour a tablespoon over the cake base.
      3. Drink remainder of Guinness
      Repeat steps 2 to 3 every day for as long as you like.

      • ntt1

        do you ever actually eat the cake ? is it even important?

  • ntt1

    We had a Thai Friend visit us in Vancouver a few years back, we took her to a high end Thai restaurant where she was enraged to discover all the staff were Chinese including all the kitchen staff. The restaurant floor manager was apologetic but pointed out he had run a restaurant in the Oriental Orchid in Bangkok where the staff were mostly ethnic Chinese too
    Maybe the Thais need to learn to take Kitchen orders in mandarin or cantonese to rise in the Thai restaurant industry.

    • Alain

      Well the majority, almost a hundred percent of “Japanese” restaurants are owned and run by Koreans, including the chefs in BC with the odd one being Chinese run. Frankly I don’t really care, since it is the quality of the food that counts. Sadly few seem to know how to make proper sushi and a lot of other dishes.

      • ntt1

        Our general store is run by a korean and when i asked him sushi he claimed that KOREAN INVENT SUSHI ! japanese steal it. apparently this is true for a massive number of things we assume are traditional Japanese, all stolen very violently from peace loving koreans

        • Alain

          I put that up there with Muslims having created equality for women.

  • Alain

    I am another who like good curry, but I know you do not need to be Indian to be able to make good Indian dishes. Friends of mine in France, the wife native French and the husband from Indian who speaks fluent French, often had me over for a meal. Monique could outdo the majority of Indian women with her curries and other traditional Indian dishes. She actually did live in India where she met and married her husband. My wife who is from Japan can also make excellent curries and several other Indian dishes, so you do not require a person from India to make great curries.