Originally Posted by Gourmet Greg
Do you have a large Chinese population? I suspect that rather than a large Chinese population you have a large immigrant population perhaps not from China who are satisfying a large demand for Chinese cuisine. I'm just guessing here.
I'm pretty sure parts of England have a large Indian population so I bet Indian cuisine is popular, widely available, and probably fairly authentic.
I still don't understand being lazy and using flour as a thickener. Is not cornstarch widely available in UK?
In Liverpool about 10-15 miles away they do have a large Chinese community but here not so much.
To be fair I'm not 'In the know' (yet) when it comes to food but being gluten free and always checking the packets for things and in restaurants asking chefs you'd be amazed (and me frustrated) at the amount of food that has wheat in it, seemingly needlessly too!
A prime example - I had new years lunch at my girlfriends parents and they had bought a can of tomato soup. Nothing fancy. But it had wheat flour in it all the same. Also the cheese they used was Pre grated. And had wheat flour in it! I'm assuming the soup was to thicken it and the cheese was to keep it fresh for longer. But still annoying haha