09/06/2012 05:57 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2012

Indian Restaurant Undertakes 4,000-Mile Delivery To War-Torn Sudan

An Indian restaurant in the English village of Camerton is undertaking what is likely it's longest delivery ever -- 4,000 miles to conflict-ridden Sudan.

Northcliffe Media reports The Bombay King will deliver a banquet of tandoori chicken with mint sauce, sweet water fish Pangash fish cutlets and lamb biryani to a U.N. peacekeeping force station in Sudan. The order was placed by Captain Mustafa Azim, who works there for Imperial Air Salvage, to feed 30 members of the Bangladeshi Air Force there to help the U.N. mission.

Azim was impressed enough with the quality of The Bombay King's curry that he was willing to plunk down roughly $1,912 (£1,200) for it:

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.

ITV News has a video documenting the banquet and photographs of it being flown by helicopter to Heathrow Airport in London.

In what appears to be a separate incident, another U.K. Indian restaurant -- Bombay Nights in Bristol -- also recently arranged a long-distance delivery to troops stationed in Sudan. Specifically, one long-time customer who had been deployed. The restaurant's owner, Abdul Gaffar, told the Daily Mail that he considered the job an honor:

I normally only deliver food within five miles of my restaurant, but I sometimes make an exception for special customers ... These are very special customers indeed -- so it’s only fair we deliver a bit further than usual."

Gaffar had arranged for the food to be frozen and flown on an army plane to the Darfur region of Sudan, where the station is located.



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