First official working day for Horn Ok Please…



Sandhya and I have been working on this project for quite a while now and always wanted to launch Horn Ok Please on 15th August as it’s quite a significant day in Indian history.

We got our freedom from 9-5 Jobs because of Horn Ok Please, so it’s quite significant for us too.

They say freedom doesn’t come cheap, hell they are right! we’ve been taking it easy over the last couple of weeks but as it was launch day today for Horn Ok Please (Not trading day) we shifted up a few gears.

We had our day almost planed, we were going to practice our skills in preparing BhelPuri, design and start the blog and to end the day on a higher note we had a meeting planned with Petra from eat.st.

This was was our second attempt towards the perfection of BhelPuri ( here’s a wiki article explaining what exactly

BhelPuri is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhelpuri)

The image on right is the outcome of our team work this afternoon. it looked great it tasted great (just after a few tweaks as Sandhya prefers it more spicy) and the presentation was great.

After wonderfully preparing BhelPuri I am excited about all the street food varieties available on Horn Ok Please menu (coming soon). Also we are more than happy to borrow your taste buds to rate our food and suggest any improvements, if you are willing to lend us your taste palate for few hours let us know and we will tell you the place and date/time.

A full stomach and refreshing chai shifted our creative minds to overdrive and this blog was created. It was quite an effort to decide on image and layout for the blog, after a quick brain storming session we decided to use our ‘Day’s Best Photo’ taken by none other than Sandhya and her Super Samsung mobile. To be honest i am not sure if it’s an amazing photo or an amazing BhelPuri. You Decide.

It was almost time for us to meet Petra from eat.st, people who don’t know who Petra and eat.st are do check them out on www.eat.st.

Meeting was quite informative as Petra shared some of her experiences and gave us quite a lot of invaluable information regarding certificates and checks. Unfortunately we couldn’t take her any samples – next time for sure.

That’s it day was over! ( for your information it ended at 19:15, first day at Horn Ok Please was definitely not 9-5 ! actually i am still writing this blog and current time stamp on my computer is 1:47 AM so it’s still on)

We are looking forward to countless of exciting days like this will keep the blog updated with all the exciting happening in and around Hork Ok Please.

Goodnight, Adios, Fir Milenge!

Happy Independence Day

We had long ago established that the 15th of August would be
the launch date for what would become Horn
Ok Please
.

In truth it took a long time to come up with this particular
trading name. It began life as Aloo Gobi, followed by Chai Chaat Chat, Roadside
Romeo, MiChai etc etc. Who would have thought coming with a name would be such
an ongoing point of discussion between Gaurav (G) and me, but eventually we
settled on Horn Ok Please. We wanted a name that was synonymous with and
reflected Indian Street life and more importantly Indian Street Food. After all
we are bringing Indian Street food to the Streets of London.
So what does Horn Ok Please actually mean? Here is a Wiki
link that will explain it all a lot better than I ever can: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horn_OK_Please
From the beginning we set it as our goal to bring forward
the best of street food experience from all corners of India – which sees families
sharing plates of hot and spicy snacks on the beach in South India, business
men grabbing a sweet cup of chai on their way to work in Pune, students
gathered around enjoying a cool drink under the hot sun in Delhi or the secret
couple in Mumbai sharing a coffee and plate of snacks in-between work and
returning home.
So with the name in hand and the concept clear in our minds,
G and I have been spending the last couple of weeks trying out various menu
items on willing friends, contacting market stalls throughout London and getting
our licences and certificates in place. So watch this space as we develop our
ideas (and cooking techniques) all in the name of Horn Ok Please.

Jai Hind