Rising up, my household didn’t actually frequent Indian eating places because it simply wasn’t to my mum’s palate. However once we did exit for Indian meals, there would solely be one place that my household returned to—Kanna Curry Home.
Established in 1976, Kanna Curry Home is a notable title within the native banana leaf rice scene. Its first restaurant in Seksyen 17, PJ is arguably its hottest outlet. I’d all the time discover massive crowds flocking the shop throughout each go to.
Now, banana leaf rice itself isn’t a novel providing unique to Kanna Curry Home. There are many different eating places which have it on their menu in Malaysia.
Nevertheless, Yoga Kannan, the present director and grandson of the founder, believes that their decades-old recipe is what units them aside. “It has all the time been the identical recipe because the begin,” he mentioned. “We’ve been sustaining the identical high quality.”
Initially a chef from a Chettinad city in India, Yoga defined that his grandfather, Usilappan Servai, had handed down his recipes to the opposite cooks of the restaurant. So you will discover the identical menu and style provided in any respect of its seven shops round Malaysia.
That mentioned, it was by no means Usilappan’s thought for Kanna Curry Home to broaden the way in which it has in the present day.
Retaining the enterprise within the household
Talking candidly, Yoga defined that like many others throughout the 70s, Usilappan’s intention when he first opened the restaurant was to place meals on the desk. “The aim was simply to ‘develop the abdomen’, to ensure we have been all the time full of meals,” he shared.
“He got here from a really poor and onerous background, [so] the one factor that he considered is to not develop very huge, however to keep up his personal tempo.”
Therefore, the plan to broaden Kanna Curry Home solely occurred in 2001 when Yoga’s father, Kannan Usilappan, took over the household enterprise. From two shops, the restaurant slowly grew to have seven shops in the present day.
Kanna Curry Home opens its first outlet at Seksyen 17, PJ.
The second era expands Kanna Curry Home with a second outlet at Jalan Gasing, PJ.
Kanna Curry Home established a 3rd location at Puchong Jaya.
Kanna Curry Home continues to develop with a brand new outlet at Bandar Menjalara, Kepong.
One other department of Kanna Curry Home is opened in Klang.
Kanna Curry Home arrange another PJ-based outlet at Seksyen 4.
The latest Kanna Curry Home department is established in Taman Mayang, PJ.
Round 2012, Yoga took over the enterprise’s reins and is the principle director of the model. At the moment, he oversees the day-to-day operations of its Kepong, KL outlet as that is its latest department.
However Yoga isn’t the one one of many third era within the household enterprise. He shared that his three different siblings are additionally a part of Kanna Curry Home, although they like to remain out of the limelight.
Collectively, all 4 of them have been increasing the model. However not by the variety of shops as most companies usually would.
Preferring to deal with inside progress
Yoga defined that not like his father’s time, the third era is trying to broaden inwards. So as an alternative of opening up extra branches of Kanna Curry Home, they’ve been engaged on enhancing inside operations.
An instance of that is utilizing extra trendy expertise to hurry up the meals preparation course of. Yoga shared that again throughout his childhood days, all of the greens have been chopped by hand. However they’ve since moved from that conventional system to machineries.
Apart from that, Yoga and his siblings just lately launched their catering companies. Pondering again to earlier than, he mentioned, “There have been quite a lot of clients saying that they’ll’t truly order an enormous amount of deliveries.”
Therefore, they selected to diversify the model’s choices by making this obtainable. Consequently, the model expanded to serve B2B clientele reminiscent of Shangri-La Accommodations and Resorts.
The model additionally just lately opened up perform halls above chosen restaurant shops. This manner, these trying to have Kanna Curry Home’s catering may decide to have it outdoors the house or workplace.
There’s no things like dangerous publicity
Whereas chatting with Yoga, I discovered that, like many huge manufacturers, Kanna Curry Home too has come underneath public scrutiny earlier than. Why? For utilizing artificial banana leaves as an alternative of contemporary ones.
Round 2012, the restaurant encountered a problem with the availability of banana leaves. Yoga shared that the quantity they used every day was fairly excessive, which meant that banana leaf provides weren’t sufficient.
To unravel this, the model determined to search for an alternate. This led them to find artificial and biodegradable banana leaves that have been made in India.
Naturally, as you’d have guessed, individuals had combined emotions about it. The Wall Road Journal even reported that it brought on a debate amongst restaurateurs on the cultural significance of banana leaves.
“However even destructive publicity is taken into account [good] publicity as effectively,” Yoga expressed. Unbeknownst to them on the time, the Division of Requirements Malaysia (DSM) determined to examine these artificial banana leaves.
In keeping with Yoga, the DSM later reported to The Solar newspaper that the leaves have been in truth biodegradable. And he credited this incident for actually pushing Kanna Curry Home into the general public’s consideration.
No plans of stopping anytime quickly
Regardless of its reputation, although, the model has no plans of franchising its enterprise or promoting its rights to anybody. “We desire to have it (Kanna Curry Home) in a really managed method,” Yoga mentioned.
Therefore, the thought is to maintain it as a household enterprise.
Apart from that, it’s additionally how the restaurant has been capable of management its meals requirements. In the event you’ve been to certainly one of their shops you’ve most likely observed that the fried dishes are cooked upon order.
It is because the model doesn’t have a central kitchen, as an alternative selecting to coach every outlet’s kitchen to cook dinner contemporary. “We don’t assist central kitchens as a result of we all know there’s a chance for the standard to run over there,” Yoga defined.
Some may disagree and consider that central kitchens do the precise reverse by enabling eating places to keep up the identical high quality throughout shops.
However in the long run, it comes right down to preferences, and Kanna Curry Home’s technique is one which has labored for all of them these years.
And this perception gained’t be altering anytime quickly, it appears.
Relating to its future, the director most well-liked to maintain the express particulars to himself. One factor’s for positive although—underneath Yoga’s management, Kanna Curry Home is right here to remain.
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