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Sooo many Polski Sklep in the UK, LOL


hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #1
As most of you know in the UK, we have food from everywhere on most high streets, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Turkish The list goes on. I've tasted some Polish dishes in my time.. quite nice, but in the bigger picture, i find it quite bland/boring, like British food

However, I've noticed a Towns Polish community need only be a couple of thousand (If that) before a couple of "Polski Sklep" is warranted

We have sizable minorities living in most large towns and cities in the UK, however I've never seen a Turkish shop, or an exclusively Chinese food shop in such Prevalence.

Why do they need them? Ingredient for most dishes can be found in the supermarket or the markets!

Usually large "Asian Supermarkets" are the norm, in big cities like Manchester You can get all kinds of exotic spices and herbs there from Asia. Very good!

There's nothing particularity exotic in these Polish shops - Polish branded Orange Juice, Polish Branded Tinned Fish,
Does Orange Juice from a English label taste different?
Does Polish Branded Tinned mackerel in tomato sauce taste more fishier?

And yes, my Polish friends, go to ASDA, Tescos and i'm sure you'll find picked cabbage and cucumber .

Is this just a deep-rooted need to assert ones Polishness whilst in exile? Signs of lack of self-confidence as a nation?
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,671
21 May 2012  #2
hudsonhicks
Does it really matter?
so you have had a good look around then?
Sometimes we drive to the nearest Polski Sklep because of the good bread and ham and sausage etc., and notice there are chairs and a coffee table in the corner,

so its like a meeting place I suppose.
What is wrong with that?
Sad Brits spend hours driving up and down the costas weeping for heinz baked beans and marmite.
What's the difference?
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #3
Yes i've been in my local shop a few times. Some nice things in there.. but nothing that stands out as really special and exotic.

Most things you can buy everywhere in the UK anyway, Orange Juice, Pickled Veg, Tinned Fish

I know most delicatessens here in the UK supermarkets sell all kind of spiced sausages, im sure even polish style Sausages
Hipis - | 227
21 May 2012  #4
Depends on what the Polski sklep sells. We have a couple in the town centre, one sells everything out of a packet the other is more of a deli and sells mostly wędliny and kiełbasy. There is a big difference in taste between the bland British hams & sausages and the continental ones.

Have you ever tried Kubus or any of the juices made by Tymbark? If you haven't I recommend you do. I think you'll find they have more flavour than the other bland stuff you buy from Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.

Have you ever thought that these shops might have been set up by enterprising Poles who have identified a gap in the market? I remember when I was a kid we use to have 3-4 continental shops/Polish shops in my town but we eventually lost them all. In recent years I've been able to but a lot of the stuff I enjoyed when I was a kid without having to fill my suitcase up with grocery products after a holiday in Poland. Also these shops have usually been set up in units that may be left empty and boarded up and surely it's better to have something a bit different on the high street rather than another charity shop, pound shop or fast food joint.
peterweg 36 | 2,316
21 May 2012  #5
There is far more Poles than any other minority nationality in the UK, so if there is a market, it will be fulfilled.
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #6
How can Polish Orange juice taste nicer? It's the same Brazilian Oranges in a different labeled container

How does Polish ham taste better than British ham? Poland has special tasty pigs?
Maybe you shouldn't judge "British Ham" on the processed crap you buy in a supermarket aisle, and try the meat counter or the local butchers shop. Pigs taste the same the world over.

I can just see myself living in France, begging the local entrepreneurs to open a British Shop so i can buy my Tropicana Orange Juice and my Bernard Mathews Ham... NOT
peterweg 36 | 2,316
21 May 2012  #7
You havn't seen the number of British Food shops catering to expats around the world have you? Sad as it is, the British are just as bad when it comes to their food comfort zone.
jon357 63 | 14,122
21 May 2012  #8
People like their favourite brands and Poles are extremely conservative about food.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
21 May 2012  #9
Most *Polski Skleps* around here should be called *Kurdski/Russki via Litvia Skleps* as thats who generally owns them,they wouldnt call them Polski if they didnt think there was a market for it.

Why complain, AFAIK they are filling up empty shops and paying rates to the local councils,certainly a better option than another empty shop or ,god forbid, another bloody *nailbar*.....
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #10
My post was more about the polish mentality and psyche really and their xenophobia of other food and prehaps a self-hated

But if you want to get into economical

The British Shops in Spain (Fewer than Polski here), are mainly shopped in by British expats, who are mainly retirees living in the sun, from their British Pension, from the UK.

British Money -> Spain

Polski Shop full of Polish imported Products shopped in by the Poles in exile by British money that ultimately finds its way to Poland (3 Billion taken out of the UK Economy a year by EU Immigrants)

British Money -> Poland
Hipis - | 227
21 May 2012  #11
How can Polish Orange juice taste nicer?

Did I say orange juice? I don't see anywhere in my post that mentioned a specific flavour but I'm assuming you haven't had a close look at what Kubus actually is.

How does Polish ham taste better than British ham? Poland has special tasty pigs?
Maybe you shouldn't judge "British Ham" on the processed crap you buy in a supermarket aisle, and try the meat counter or the local butchers shop. Pigs taste the same the world over.

Ah, sorry. I didn't realise we had such an expert and connoisseur in our midst. My taste buds must defer to your greater knowledge.

My post was more about the polish mentality and psyche really and their xenophobia of other food and prehaps a self-hated

So in other words you're just another troll making ignorant, ill informed statements in order to provoke an argument

Polski Shop full of Polish imported Products shopped in by the Poles in exile by British money that ultimately finds its way to Poland (3 Billion taken out of the UK Economy a year by EU Immigrants)

British Money -> Poland

VAT, business rates, income tax and NI contributions all going to the British exchequer. If you know a way how these can be sent to Poland please let me know so I can inform my accountant who can then do the same for me.
wawa_marek 1 | 129
21 May 2012  #12
You havn't seen the number of British Food shops catering to expats around the world have you?

Marks & Spencer offers British food in Poland - even orange juice.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
21 May 2012  #13
Unfortuantely some Polish food still contains more additives that British food, particularly flavour enhancer E621 monosodium glutamate. That can account for things tasting "better". I think that several household brand names of sauce and stock for Polish households contains it - in that respect Poland is behind the UK where E621 is far less incorporated into foods these days.

youtube.com/watch?v=txiVDY-prk4
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #14
You know alot about the UK and it's tax revenue

Are you the webmaster of:
benefity.org.uk

or

benefity-uk.co.uk

or

benefityipodatki.co.uk

or prehaps this fella making videos on youtube
Hipis - | 227
21 May 2012  #15
Marks & Spencer offers British food in Poland - even orange juice.

Haha Yes, there's a big M&S on Marszałkowska and in Złote Terasy but then again one of the founders was from Poland ;)

You know alot about the UK and it's tax revenue

I should do, I was born here and run my own business but I am no expert which is why I employ an accountant. I guess you aren't either which is why your statement

3 Billion taken out of the UK Economy a year by EU Immigrants

doesn't stand up to close scrutiny.
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #16
was born here

Puzzles me people like you.

No doubt you associate with Poland because one or both of your parents are from there????
wawa_marek 1 | 129
21 May 2012  #17
Polski Shop full of Polish imported Products shopped in by the Poles in exile by British money that ultimately finds its way to Poland (3 Billion taken out of the UK Economy a year by EU Immigrants)

British Money -> Poland

Most of small food shops in my neighborhood (Warsaw) bankrupt within one year after a new Tesco started with their 24/7 hipermarket. It is equiped with self service POS so has less employment then mid size Polski Sklep.

Polish Money > UK
Wroclaw Boy
21 May 2012  #18
Most of small food shops in my neighborhood (Warsaw) bankrupt within one year after a new Tesco started with their 24/7 hipermarket.

Just wait till they have the monopoly and then start selling crap food. Gotta love capitalism.
Hipis - | 227
21 May 2012  #19
Puzzles me people like you.

Why should it puzzle you? What is wrong with keeping in touch with your roots?
nynicki - | 31
21 May 2012  #20
Jeez we have plenty Polish shops in NY,never once I've heard American or any other nationality complain about them.Why post such a boring threads,you're weirdo and on top of it full of hate.
peterweg 36 | 2,316
21 May 2012  #21
VAT, business rates, income tax and NI contributions all going to the British exchequer. If you know a way how these can be sent to Poland please let me know so I can inform my accountant who can then do the same for me.

Poland is exports a lot of food due to its abundance of agricultural land - three times that of the UK. Hence its in Polands economic benefit to export Polish food which is bought by British people as well as Poles.

Lets have a winge about Tesco's HUNDREDS of shops selling BRITISH food in Poland shall we?

Why post such a boring threads,you're weirdo and on top of it full of hate.

+1
sobieski 107 | 2,128
21 May 2012  #22
I think the OP was writing plainly stupid. Brit expats also hunt Marks & Sparks for overpriced Brit products. or go to places like "Legends" because they cannot miss their "cuisine"
ShortHairThug - | 1,103
21 May 2012  #23
InWroclaw you're not Polish.. No self-respecting Polish person would ever eat food not originating from Poland

You haven’t met many Polish people in your life, have you?
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #24
Marks & Spencer are everywhere, there's one in Bangkok, in the Emporium Mall

I needed to get some *Proper* tea there
peterweg 36 | 2,316
21 May 2012  #25
No self-respecting Polish person would ever eat food not originating from Poland

better tell that to the millions of Poles who shop at Tesco (British), Carefore (French), Bierdronka (Portuguese).

Polish supermarkets are dominated by foreign companies and their food is sourced most often from their original countries.

I needed to get some *Proper* tea there

You will find a better selection of tea in Poland than the UK
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
21 May 2012  #26
I think the OP was writing plainly stupid. Brit expats also hunt Marks & Sparks for overpriced Brit products. or go to places like "Legends" because they cannot miss their "cuisine"

Mocking our "cuisine"

yes we have boring plain British dishes i agree with that.

But Pickled Cabbage with Dumplings hardly tickles the taste-buds either
Ant63 11 | 403
22 May 2012  #27
VAT, business rates, income tax and NI contributions all going to the British exchequer.

Are you sure about this? I have seen with my own eyes these shops selling cigarettes wrapped in newspaper furtively drawn from the stock room at the rear. It seems to be very good business. £37 for 200 LM Blue last time I looked.
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
22 May 2012  #28
Doesn't supprise me.

They are more likely to be rouges and scoundrels than the native British.

It's a known fact they hit above their weight in the criminality/prisoners stakes in the UK.
OP hudsonhicks 21 | 346
22 May 2012  #30
telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1563890/Foreigners-commit-fifth-of-crime-in-London.html

telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8439117/EU-migrants-commit-500-crimes-a-week-in-UK.html


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