Indian restaurant makes 4,000-mile takeaway curry delivery
A Camerton restaurant is set to deliver a takeaway order with a difference – by flying more than 4,000 miles to crisis-torn Sudan to make a special delivery to some of the UN peacekeeping force stationed there.
While most people find a takeaway nearer home, Captain Mustafa Azim was so impressed with the standard of curry at the Bombay King he decided to pay £1,200 for the order and then arrange for it to be delivered to the Dafur area where he is about to start work.
And the delivery is to be made complete by restaurateur Sahab Uddin from the Bombay King in Camerton who is flying out with the meal to make sure the banquet is served as a feast fit for heroes.
The meal is destined as a surprise for 30 members of the Bangladeshi Air Force who are serving as part of the peacekeeping force in the country.
Captain Azim, who works for Imperial Air Salvage, was at the controls of the helicopter as it took off with the meals on the first stage of its long journey to the UN base at El-Fasher in the Dafur region by helicopter on Monday morning for Gatwick.
Once at the airport the curry was repacked in secure containers for a flight to Abudhabi where it changed aircraft for the journey to Khartoum before a land journey to the camp.
The banquet consists of 30 tandoori chicken as a starter with mint sauce, 30 Bangladeshi sweet water fish Pangash fish cutlets and 30 lamb birianis.
Captain Azim works on air salvage projects across the world and with his next job about to begin in Dafur he decided to take the opportunity to surprise his cousin, Squadron Leader Mustafa Kabir, and his colleagues with a superb Indian meal.
He tracked down Mr Uddin to the Bombay King to ask him for help and the restaurateur, who in the past has sent curries all over the world including Germany for a football fan during the world cup and also delivered to top celebrities, was happy to oblige.
Mr Uddin kept the cost down for the banquet and working with his star chef Abdul Gaffer came up with a special treat.
Captain Azim said: "Good Indian food is difficult to get in the Sudan and I was hoping Sahab Uddin could help me out. I knew he had catered for high profile guests in the past and I asked him to work his magic for me.
"My cousin and his 29 other officers are based with the UN peacekeeping force in Sudan. As my next job was in the Sudan I thought I would surprise them and it would be interesting if I took a banquet with me.
"We were only too happy too help. The peacekeeping forces put their lives on the line and we are pleased to be able to help them."