Chinese cuisine

Martial artist launches ‘Karate Kid’ inspired noodle bar

A martial artist and his brother launched an Indochinese restaurant inspired by the Karate kid movies.

Suba Miah and her brother have decided to return to the Chinese restaurant industry after more than 10 years of absence.

Together with his business partner Dillraj, they installed Miahgi’s Indo-Chinese street food at their home in Handsworth, Birmingham.

The name is a combination of their last name and Mr. Miyagi, from Karate kid movie franchise.

However, the second nationwide lockdown means the restaurant has been reduced to take-out-only service.

The restaurant has yet to greet customers through their doors for dinner.

The noodle bar is a mix of Indian, Bangladeshi and Chinese cuisine.

It was difficult at first, but the passion for cooking fresh and eating healthy encouraged them to persevere.

Martial artist Suba, who is a gray belt in Shaolin kung fu, said:

“It was a crazy time but we got through it.

“The idea came from my little brother who asked me to open another Chinese.

“We used to have one called Woksters in the jewelry district. We really wanted to open another one; it was eleven years of waiting.

“We found the names and the ideas with Dillraj and went from there.

“With the three of us together, we have the experience to make something out of this place.”

The restaurant is inspired by martial arts, with a decor composed of temple-like wooden panels, with refined lighting.

He even has a katana sword that customers can pose with while waiting for their food.

Suba discovered kung fu at the age of 20 after trying other martial arts like kickboxing and karate.

The martial artist explained, “I didn’t like all of them.

“I found cardio to be more of what I wanted to do, not just kicks and punches.

“I started out wanting to protect myself because I was a small child. I’ve never really fought but I know I can protect myself.

“My passion for kung fu is a lifestyle – it’s not something you do for a day or a week.”

“He stays with you for life and has been with me since he was 21.

“We sometimes train for three hours without water. The idea is: if you were in a fight, you wouldn’t stop for a break in the water, would you?

Suhad is a day delivery boy. He said:

“I never practiced martial arts, but my kids did – it must have bypassed me.

“I am very proud of what we do here because we are so passionate about cooking. We are all local guys and that’s why we wanted to start our new business here.

“Our customers love our open kitchen and design because they can see their food being cooked.”

When patrons are again allowed to dine in restaurants on May 17, 2021, Miahgi’s will have a “ man-to-hot challenge. ”

The challenge is to eat from a box of spicy noodles made up of four different types of peppers.

If customers win, they receive the meal for free and their photo will be on the wall of the restaurant. If they lose, they will have to pay for the meal.

Dillraj said: “The main thing is: it’s our identity. It’s not just about noodles and good food.

“It’s about who we are, our experiences and our cuisine.

“Having people happy with our food is the biggest buzz because we’re so passionate about cooking from scratch.

“There is nothing quite like Miahgi’s in the area.”

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