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Old 10th Aug 2001, 13:32
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Interesting snippet on the news yesterday apparently Curry and Rice is the favorite dish of the Japanese, introduced into the land of the rising sun by the British in 1860 or therabouts.
Splendid how our English culture has travelled so far.
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Hi All,

Tis true, there is indeed a dish called 'Curree-rye' served at thousands of Mom and Pop restaurants across Japan.

That's where the good news ends.

It's taste is more akin to school dinner mediocrity than Rusholme standards, I'm afraid. If you wish to experience the dish, then skip the trip to Japan, as I have the authentic recipe at hand:

Take a jar of 1970's yellow curry powder, (preferably years beyond it's 'best before' date). Mix a spoonful of said powder with plenty of hot water. Boil it a bit. Boil it some more. Taste to ensure that it's not even remotely spicey. Add more water. Chuck resulting 'curry sauce' upon a bed of white rice. Scoff with pointy chopsticks. Give up on the chopsticks, and finish with a spoon. Vow never to eat anything like it again.

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TW - YUK! YUK! YUK! I think I should try exporting some of my home made stuff to them. At least I can cook it properly and I live in the Curry Capital!
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Ahh, Rusholme...paradise sorely missed from my exile down south.

Took a VS crew stopping over in MAN to the street of a thousand curry houses. Pints multiple, mega curry at the Shaz, more pints then back to the hotel.

VS flight Engineer announces total expenditure of 12 quid and asks when he can transfer up........

For the more impecunious I can recommend the Toxteth school dinner for two.

First procure an uncut loaf (it is Liverpool after all).

Next sally forth to the nearest chippy (firebombed if menu contains less that 300 dishes) and ask for the school dinner. Loaf is wrenched from your hands, ripped in two, scooped out and filled with your choice of curry and chips or curry and rice.

Messy when you're tanked up but deeply satisfying.
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Curry and Rice?

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"Tis true, there is indeed a dish called 'Curree-rye' served at thousands of Mom and Pop restaurants across Japan."

Not from my recollection.
I lived in Japan for a year in the early 90's and didn't come across anything called "Curree-rye".
Curry is fairly popular that's true but mostly served with meat or something else and rice.
eg. "Kare Kutsu" is curried pork cutlets (crumbed) served with rice and is delicious.
I still use a Japanese brand of curry at home in Australia.
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In the words of their lords M. Python...

...You Lucky Lucky Ba&£@%"& !!!!!

You can't get a decent curry down here for love n' money its all poncy far east 'curries'. Not a decent tandori chili tika masala in sight and as for a ring stinger of a vindaloo.... you'd be better off having a razor blade pie with sauce!!!!!
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Until someone shows me how to install a Katakana font onto my iMac, my approximate pronunciation will have to stand.

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One of the greatest things I miss about Manchester is Rusholme and even take-away town, Didsbury. The Swiss German idea of spicy is somewhere close to Weetabix and I've never found a decent Indian meal here. My solution: I bought about 4 kilos of various spices from the shops in Rusholme, brought them over and now I make the best curries in Zürich.

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Hagbard,

The Swiss have very sensitive mouths, you know. Any time some kindly Swiss waiter tries to warn me that the food is 'hot and spicy', then I usually nod politely, and reach for the extra chillies. This strategy has worked well over the last two years... with one exception:

There's a Thai restaurant just off Langstrasse called the 'Sawasdi' (spelling?) that serves real, hot food. Blows my socks off every time I go there. Great food, spicy as hell AND live Thai strippers. What more could a man want?

If you ever do work out where a chap can get a decent Indian curry in Zurich, then please let me know. I'm suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms.

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Guys, You are so right! Been looking for a curry house out their for a while. Unfortunately I don't get to go into Zurich Centre often. By the time I finish at that bl**dy airport I normally only have the time for a quick beer at the Hotel.
However if you ever come across a good curry shop, I would be more than happy to join you for a second opinion.
By the way if you want spices and stuff from Manchester, that should not be too hard to arrange. Three flights a day and lots of people at Manchester Airport who I'm sure would be more than willing to do the sending!
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Tricky: I've still never been able to find a decent curry house in ZRH. That's why I make my own. For the really desperate, there is an Indian grocery called 'Agar Wal' on Langstrasse next to Helvetiaplatz. They sell all the Pataks curry paste range. (PG Tips too.)

Splitter: Nice offer. I'm sorted for spices but is there any chance of Holland's frozen pies? (Sorry I'm a displaced Northerner.) I suppose the foot n' mouth would preclude that kind of thing at the moment.

Rösti is fine for a while but God I miss the chippy, Indian or otherwise.
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Hagbard,

Good news 'cos I live on Stauffacherstrasse, within 200 metres of the Agar Wal grocery, and far too close to Langstrasse, when my low tolerance for self-discipline is taken into account.

I also think it's unfair bringing Holland's Pies into this. What I would give right now for a steak and kidney pudding.

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Trickster hon; I could cook you one and send it out, but not sure the melt-in-mouth suet pastry would survive the trip.

My s&k pies are better, but I can knock up a feather-light suet pastry if asked nicely

We have a really good (Gold Medal) Indian restaurant which does the most marvellous Korma and Balti - sorry, but I don't like hot curries. I'm told their Vindaloo and Dhanzak are fantastic as well though.

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Hagbard,

Not sure if they'd still be frozen on arrival! Sorry I'm a southern softie so not come across 'Hollands' pies before. I'll talk to my friends from that part of the world. I'm sure they would agree with you!!

Tricky: Like the sound of this Tai house. Topless waitressing as well? Could be nasty!
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Ah, a subject close to my heart. Having sharpened my 'buds in Birmingham, I moved to Amsterdam, where the best curries come out of a jar with Patak's on the side. The local variant is closely related to Irish Stew, right down to the peas. Niet Lekker.

This thread triggered a distant memory about two brothers who kitted out an elderly 737 as a mobile tandoori and did a roaring trade in the Middle East, among other places. Can't remember many details.

To combat the Monday blues, I'm developing CurryAir, a low cost carrier with a novel USP. Seats are priced according to palate; bargain Vindaloos at the back, premium Kormas at the front, but you pay a surcharge if you can't finish your allocated nosh. Hey - I'll call it the All Day Delhi....

Anyone want to further the concept?
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Mr Splitter,

I'm ashamed to say that the waitresses at the Sawasdi remain fully clothed... until it's their turn to get their kit off, of course. Hah! It's a most bizarre restaurant, I must say, although it's much more agreeable than it sounds on the surface. The food is authentically Thai, as are the strippers. Unfortunately, the prices are firmly Swiss.

The only thing is that the amateurishness of the waitresses/strippers is sometimes laughably palpable. I can now say that I've seen shy Thai strippers perform. Not many people can say that, huh?

Ahh, Langstrasse... where would I be without you?

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You people make my mouth water. We've got great strippers here, but the restaurants kind of leave you cold. Chinese -- sweet and sour pork with potatoes. Another Chinese -- hot saurkraut (serving with one drop of Tabasco). Vietnamese -- carp al dente -- recently closed because of food poisoning.
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