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Miah’s Garden of Gulab

Friday, October 24th, 2008 | tags: , , , , , ,  |

Bangladeshi restaurant in Earley, Reading.

Dressed in white shirts and black neatly ironed trousers the Garden of Gulab staff welcomed me into their restaurant and were able to find a table for one in the crowded restaurant.   The customers looked and sounded pale skinned English,   the staff looked and sounded more Asian.  

My choice was a Balti.   I love Balti’s,   ever since I started eating them in the mid 1980s in a local Birmingham Sparkbrook restaurant on Ladypool Road.   The  Ladypool road  restaurant I used had no flatware and the staff would treat you as if you were an irritant if you had the afrontery to insult their food by asking for flatware.   I learned to eat my food properly,   with my fingers.  

It’s not easy.  

In the Garden of Gulab I ate my meal with my fingers leaving the impressive, superfluous,  traditional English flatware untouched.   In Birmingham I  was given a thick soft  damp heated flanel to clean my hands after the meal.    In the Garden of Gulab I was given an individually  plastic-wrapped disposable wet-paper-wipe.   Functionally sufficient yet lacking the touch of quality that I had learned to enjoy.   The food was excellent if  disappointingly mild compared to my Birminghan experiences.   The balti arrived in an ordinary  metal dish,   not  the sizzling  hot Balti bowl that it had been cooked in.    

Mumzie doesn’t like Indian food,   I think she’d thoroughly enjoy this place and the food.  

The waiter bought a complimentary small brandy to my table explaining it was because  I had finished my main meal quickly.    

Excellent English-i-fied version of an Indian restaurant and charming staff.  

Miah’s Garden of Gulab
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Comfort Food

Friday, January 13th, 2006 | tags: , , , ,  |

Yeah,   and I’m still skinny!  
Eat lots of cheese, and I’m still skinny!    
Drink some Beer    and I’m stil skinny!
Drive to work,   and I’m STILL skinny!
Never been on a ‘loose wieght’ diet, and I’m steel skinny!

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Chicken Tikka Masala for tea!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 | tags: , ,  |

Tea is a meal.  

Chicken Tika Masala is a very ‘British’ meal.  


I’m not one to lightly cast-off cultural stereotypes so finding this little beauty in the Fridge was cause for 6.5 bounces on the Wendy-scale (variation on the richter scale).

Mildly spicy?   Understatement.    Disappointingly MILD.    When are they going to release microwave meals into the US that are  Manzil’s Digbeth Curry House good?     I suspect this type of meal,   like my nail clippers,  is  currentlly considered too dangerous to come through customs.  


This means I have to cook,   yes COOK to get my regular supply of  hot sauce.   Sigh.



Chicken Tikka Masala for tea!
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Chicken Curry

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005 | tags:  |

UK Vacation 4

Chicken curry’s are extremely popular in the UK and with me.

I’ve just had a chicken curry in my USA work-place canteen. They called it Thai. I dont believe it. It was so so so bad compared to all my recent UK meals (listed below). It wasn’t spicy, it wasn’t hot. I’m not sure what qualified it as a curry. It was more like stir-fry chicken and vegetables with a ‘hint’ of curry flavor. Maybe it had been cooked in pans that were once used to cook a real curry. Judging by the taste no marinating was involved in the preparation process. It almost tasted raw, except it was sufficiently warm to qualify as ‘cooked’.

Warning: Do not eat curry in USA canteens if you are a British person. The restaurants can be slightly better. Finding a good curry is extremely difficult.

Here’s a summary of my main meal of each day of my UK visit – can you see a theme?:

1: Toad in the hole (family #1 Pub)

2: Roast Duckling & Yorkshire pudding (family #1 home)

3: Chicken Curry (family #2 home)

4: Chicken Tandoori (family #3 home delivery)

5: Chicken Curry (family #4 home)

6: Chicken in pepper sauce (family #5 restaurant)

7: Chicken balti & onion bhaji (family #6 home delivery)

8: Chicken Curry (family #1 home)

9: Roast Beef (family #1 home)

Hungry Wendy

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