Authentic tastes from around world
Diversity is being dished up on a plate in one of Auckland’s most multicultural areas.
Eateries in Mt Roskill, Hillsborough and Lynfield are celebrating the melting pot of cuisines on offer with Taste of Puketapapa.
People can test their taste buds on everything from Indian to Malaysian, to a classic serving of fish’n’chips.
Every participating outlet is offering a special dish at $12 or less for the festival.
Now in its third year, the festival runs from May 7 to 21 and a record number of 37 establishments are taking part this time.
Owner and founder of Kati Grill Jaspreet Kaur came on board because of ‘‘Aucklanders’ love of food’’.
‘‘You have to celebrate that,’’ she says.
‘‘There are a lot of foodies here, a love for what you eat and so much on offer.
‘‘Ethnic food is a growing market.
‘‘We have everyone come in here – Asians, Europeans and Indians.’’
The 29-year-old never imagined she would end up in the food industry.
‘‘My bachelor’s degree is in interior design,’’ the Mt Roskill resident says.
But when she married her husband and moved to New Zealand almost seven years ago the ‘‘huge foodie’’ was shocked at what Indian cuisine was on offer.
‘‘I was really ashamed, we just get curries here and some of them aren’t even authentic.
‘‘When most people think Indian food, they think curry and when you say: ‘No curry’ they look at you like you are crazy,’’ Kaur says.
‘‘That is the image I wanted to change,’’ she says.
Kaur convinced her husband that a mixture of Kolkata-inspired wraps filled with North Indian cuisine would be a hit and the couple ran with the idea.
When her daughter was just 7 months old Kaur opened the first shop on Karangahape Rd and now she has just launched a second shop in Mt Roskill.
‘‘I started in a very naive way, I thought: ‘This is the food I like to eat, other people will love it’. I had this gut feeling.
‘‘I think you have to eat with your heart and people here do.’’
The event is organised by the Puketapapa Local Board. Pick up a Taste passport from any one of the participating outlets.
Jaspreet Kaur, 29, moved to a new country, had a baby and started a business all within a few years. Kati Grill is one of the eateries celebrating the different cuisines on offer with the Taste of Puketapapa food festival.