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It sounds like the punchline to a joke: What would you get if you mixed Scottish and Chinese takeaway?

The Caledonian Society think you’d get something awfully tasty. That is why they have teamed up with Chopsticks Restaurant to offer Chinese/Scottish takeaway this month.

It’s being billed as The Tartan Panda Extravaganza. The Caledonian Society will donate a dollar to charity for every $10 Chopsticks receives in takeaway sales.

“It kind of started off as a bit of a joke,” said Caledonian Society vice president Claire Hattie. “I run an events website called Nothing to do in Bermuda. I did a charity fundraiser at Chopsticks and found the quality of food there to be fantastic. We were joking saying it was good but it was not real Chinese food.”

The Scottish have their own take on Chinese food, Ms Hattie explained. Even in her tiny home town of Motherwell, Scotland, there were more Chinese takeaway places than she could count.

“In Scotland it is more like fast food in some ways,” she said. “Chips in curry sauce with cheese is not an authentic Chinese dish, but people love it in Scotland. A lot of us don’t have very healthy diets back there. It is something we would have as a treat quite often at home, and also in the United Kingdom in general, not just in Scotland.”

Scottish people also enjoy eating a fusion dish called chicken balls which are basically small pieces of chicken dipped in batter, Ms Hattie said.

They also like “drunken seafood” which is a blend of crab and cream cheese often referred to as crab Rangoon in Chinese restaurants in the United States.

Ms Hattie said as they talked to more people about “authentic Chinese/Scottish takeaway” a concrete idea began to take shape, and they presented it to Chopsticks.

Part of the money raised will go towards a scholarship the Caledonian Society offers for Bermudian students studying in Scottish universities. In the past, the Caledonian Society has also made donations to various charities including the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CADA), the Menuhin Foundation and the Bermuda Paralympics Association.

The chef at Chopsticks was at first a little bemused by the idea, but willing to give it a go despite never having heard of anyone eating chips with curry sauce and cheese.

“They started last week and it is running until the end of March,” Ms Hattie said. “It seems to be quite popular already. We have been getting really good feedback. Of course, people always ask if there is haggis. There is no haggis on the menu. I would love that though. They could do haggis wontons. I had haggis pakora in an Indian restaurant, once, and it was delicious. The best food comes from experimentation. My favourite things are the honey crispy beef and the seafood Rangoon. They are absolutely delicious.”

Ms Hattie has been with the Caledonian Society for a year-and-a-half. The Caledonian Society has had to be creative in their fundraising endeavours to cope with the difficult economic times, she said.

“I like that the Caledonian Society has such a variety of events going on. We have the takeout menu but we also have cinema screenings and a proper black tie event called the St Andrew’s Ball; we will be holding the Bermuda Highland Games in June. That will be a great family event. We are just trying to be as creative as possible.”

She said there is no real Scottish food that she pines for in Bermuda, because there is such a variety of cultural fare offered in local restaurants and supermarkets.

“Haggis is easy to find,” she said. “So are typically Scottish things like black pudding and square sausages. However, I do long for proper fish and chips shops and deep fried pizza. It is probably best that that is not offered here, as it is not very healthy. It is something you would eat as a treat.”

The Chinese/Scottish menu can me found on the Caledonian Society website, www.CaledonianSocietyofBermuda.com. It’s also listed on Facebook under Caledonian Society of Bermuda and on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/CalSocBDA.

The Caledonian Society are doing this fundraiser where Chopsticks offers a Scottish Chinese menu.
The Caledonian Society are doing this fundraiser where Chopsticks offers a Scottish Chinese menu.

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Published March 02, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated March 02, 2012 at 8:12 am)

Fancy some chips, curry sauce and cheese, and an Irn-Bru?

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