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News & Views Luton restaurateur goes Thai


A brand new Thai restaurant, Sawadee Thai, has been opened in the Bedfordshire village of Barton-le-Clay by Luton restaurateur Ricky Ahmed. Ricky also owns the Empress of India in High Town, and two other Indian restaurants in Buckinghamshire and Surrey, and teaches cooking at RAF Holton in Buckinghamshire.


A visit to Thailand persuaded him to branch out into the new field of cuisine. Ricky says, “The style of Thai food is so fresh. I thought there were a lot of spices in Indian cuisine but this has been a very eye-opening experience - there were things I’d never heard of.”


UK company sells samosas to Indians


In a ‘selling coals to Newcastle’ type development, a British food manu- facturer has started manufactur- ing samosas and bhajis in India for the local market. Farsan, an Indian food company based in Leicester, has opened a new factory in Gujarat to pro- duce its range of snacks.


According to Farsan managing direc- tor, Nainesh Patel, “There’s huge potential for UK companies in India. Although we are a UK company sell- ing snack foods such as samosas to an Indian market, we give the product a British twist so it has a unique taste for Indian customers.”


Farsan is one of several firms which have strengthened ties with India with support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and the move comes shortly after Business Secretary Vince Cable led a major business delegation to India.


Spice Business Magazine 6 March 2011


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