“I’ve always had a deep fascination for spices and that’s where my love of cooking originated”, says George Truszkowski-Young, owner of Yes, Please. A British-inspired Indian food vendor, Yes Please is Indian eats adapted to a British Chef’s palate.
“I love the idea of creating potions with flavors and creating new and exciting compound tastes.” That’s the idea behind Yes, Please; giving customers the opportunity to try unique flavor combinations with a base of papadum (a crispy cracker made from chickpeas) or naan.
As a child, George traversed the globe with his mother on her travel writing excursions. “My love of flavors was inspired by eating so many different and contrasting cuisines as a child.” With their home base in London, George grew up with a deep appreciation for Indian cuisine. In London, Indian cuisine is a staple of the everyday household and is regarded as one of the best places to find curry in the world. “It’s a slightly different style of curry than Americans may be familiar with that I wanted to introduce from across the pond.” George moved to Portland to attend the Oregon Culinary Institute and quickly fell in love with Portland and how much its people respect the craft of cooking. From there, he worked at Pok Pok, Bollywood Theatre, Tasty and Alder as well as a private chef.
George intentionally designed the menu for Yes, Please to be approachable to everyone. “I wanted to keep the menu simple while having a broad spectrum of flavors, a variety of spice levels, and different styles of curry.” At the moment, the menu consists of three curries, a chutney, papadum, naan, and two drinks (chai and mango lassi). “I like keeping the menu small, precise, and perfect.” The whole menu is designed to have a bold flavor (curry or chutney) that you eat with a papadum or naan; “instead of cheese and crackers or chips and salsa, we have papadum and chutney.”
Yes, Please is only in its second month of operation and so far the reception has been so wonderful. “I’m entirely flattered and feel so honored to have the chance to have my food out there and that I can continue to do it.” George has many plans for Yes, Please, including jarring and selling his chutney at the booth. He’s also planning to introduce other chutney varieties like mango and a cilantro-mint. In addition, he’s partnering with a local organic ghee company, which will be used primarily in his dahl and butter chicken curry. Like many ready to eat market vendors, George aspires to evolve Yes, Please into a food truck so that he can expand his catering reach and operate Yes, Please on a daily basis.
For a wholesome and vivacious lunch option from a Chef with a deep appreciation for Indian culture, stop by Yes, Please at the Oregon City and Hillsdale markets every weekend! Plus the Tuesday evening Hawthorne market at 1844 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.
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