In 1972, the president of Uganda, Idi Amin, announced that all Asians had 90 days to leave their homeland. Among the 60,000 exiles were my parents, and although they only took a single suitcase they brought culture and cooking from two great continents with them to the UK.
This food is a wonderful combination of East African and Gujarati cuisine. I was raised with these recipes and Susie and I have made sharing these recipes with you our business for the last five years.
Our first ever pop-up came about after a late night in our local boozer, The Dover Castle in Hanover where we signed ourselves up for Pop-up Tuesday. We cooked our food, packed the place out, it was a success. Since then we’ve been growing… lucky enough to share our unique flavours with thousands of people in some of the best pubs and at some of the most vibrant street food markets in Brighton.
From Upper Gardner street and Street Diner Markets, to pop-ups with Polygon, The Brookstead Alehouse and the Foghorn, to residences at The Sir Charles Napier, The Hare & Hounds, The Mesmerist, and the Signalman - over the last 5 yeas we’ve refined our recipes whilst cooking in kitchens across Brighton.
Cue Jan 2020, and we were finally ready to open Kitgum the Restaurant, which was packed out every night and won rave reviews (all be it for just 6 weeks before lock-down). But, if our own journey, and the journey of this amazing food has taught us anything, its how to adapt, so welcome to Kitgum at Home, our heat at home takeaway business.
We’ve learnt a lot, and take great pride in our original recipes and flavours. Sustainability is important to us. We use recyclable packaging and everything is made from scratch, using free range meat and local ingredients where possible.