Behind the Curry Craze

Haemi Kim and Yee Lim Shin–Staff Writers

As an old Nigerian proverb goes, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” It took five Students Without Borders meetings, six hours of cooking, two hours of setting up and taking down, and 17 volunteers to create what is known as the Curry Craze.

The Curry Craze, an annual fundraiser run by the Students Without Borders (SWB) Club, was first created by international students to give others a taste of different of types of curries around the world. It later became a tradition.

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Photo by Sophia Shin

Last Saturday evening, the smell of curry filled the Campus Center. Approximately 100 people, including students, faculty, and families, came together to have a taste of Indian, Indonesian, and Korean curry. Many people bustled around the Grille area which was filled with music in different languages. Along with the curry, the club served side dishes of naan bread and eggrolls.

Yovela Belicia, a sophomore at Dordt, said she really liked how Curry Craze was a way for non-international students to appreciate cultures through tasting different food. “My favorite part was that some students who didn’t even know what curry was before coming actually enjoyed the curry,” she said.

A long line of people waited, anticipating the taste of the food. After eating curry, a game of Jeopardy was played between the table groups.

“The Curry Craze was fun,” said David Riadi, a sophomore at Dordt. “I didn’t expect the number of people that attended the Curry Craze, but it was fun to be able to talk to people and to talk about the food.”

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Photo by Sophia Shin

Riadi was one of the cooks who helped make the Indonesian curry. “My favorite part of the Curry Craze was the cooking. It was kind of confusing with lack of preparation, but the joy of preparing the food is something irreplaceable,” he said.

“Helping out with Curry Craze was so much fun,” said junior Joel Kafwimbi, one of the emcees for Curry Craze. “I try to put a smile on every face I meet and talk to. Curry Craze gave me a platform.”

The Curry Craze was a successful event for Students Without Borders, ending with almost all of the curry cleared out.

The Cultural Fair, which is fundraised for by the Curry Craze, will take place on March 23. It is a time when the community, faculty, and students come to try different types of cuisines from around the world. Each booth will be filled with different foods and traditional objects from that country. Because of the fundraising from the Curry Craze, the Cultural Fair will be free of admission for everyone to come and enjoy.

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Photo by Haemi Kim

A teaser video of the Cultural Fair was shown as everyone settled down and enjoyed their bowls of curry. It included images of the previous fair, featuring henna tattoos, bracelets, food, and traditional clothing from various cultures. The Cultural Fair gives people a chance to bring a taste of their country and culture into Sioux Center.

“I was glad to show our food to the Americans and other International people,” said Youngeun Lee, a South Korean exchange student. “Many people don’t know about South Korea, but by doing Curry Craze, it was a good opportunity to introduce South Korea.”

“It was a new experience for me, working at the Commons, because I have never worked in a big kitchen like that,” said transfer student Eunah Cho. “I had a fun time making eggrolls and serving it to people because we had a chance to explain how we made it.”
Lee, Cho, and others were some of the many volunteers who helped cook for the Curry Craze. It took four volunteers and two hours to make the eggrolls, and nine volunteers and three hours to cook the curry.

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Photo by Sarah Siglin

“On Friday, from 6:30 we started making the curry and ended at 9:30. We had to cut everything up, cook it, and store it,” Shin said. “We were glad we weren’t rushed in time compared to last year.”

With many helping hands and a lot of work, the Curry Craze was considered successful compared to the last year’s event and gave a glimpse of what the Dordt community can look forward to for the Cultural Fair.

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