Popular Glasgow restaurateur to open free canteen for one day only
A popular Glasgow restaurant owner is opening a pop-up in the city for one day serving free meals.
Julie Lin, who runs GaGa in Partick and used to own Julie's Kopitiam in Shawlands before its closure, is bringing her Can-teen to the Glasgow Science Centre on March 29.
Using mostly tinned foods, Julie has teamed up with Zero Waste Scotland to encourage Glaswegians to see them as budget-friendly, environmentally-friendly and of course, tastebud-friendly.
Three dishes will be available at the Can-teen from 12pm to 2pm on a first-come-first-served basis.
Visitors can try honey and soy glazed bao buns with pineapple and pickled cucumber, Thai-inspired fishcakes with a charred apricot sriracha dip, or saag curry with chickpeas, spinach and paratha.
An exclusive dining experience will also be available for up to four diners inside the Can-teen, where Julie will personally serve up dishes and tips on how to maximise cooking with tinned foods.
Julie said: “Tins are an unsung ‘double whammy’ of a hero in any kitchen – helping us to keep our rising food bills lower and reducing the amount of food we buy that goes off and gets thrown away, which is a major driver of climate change.
“Zero Waste Scotland’s research shows that a fifth (20%) of people in Glasgow think of tinned food as a ‘last resort’.
"That’s why my trusty Can-teen and I are taking to the road to encourage people to give tins a chance and taste for themselves how easy it is to make delicious meals that needn’t cost the earth, or the planet.
“What’s even more amazing is that tins are infinitely recyclable, meaning they can be made into other tins again and again, just by recycling them from the kerbside; which is a win-win (or rather tin-tin) for us and our environment.”