Culinary Adventures in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the first ever far east Asian country I’ve visited. I’ve never been to that part of the world before.

I’ve said it over and over in in this space, when I travel, I like to embrace the local culture and eat locally.

Sri Lanka definitely treated me to some good food : Fresh fruit, amazing curries, yummy rottis and the best ginger biscuits I ever had.

Tea

Chances are if you’re visiting Sri Lanka, you are going to visit Hill Country, the land of tea plantations and scenic views.

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Glenloch, one of the many tea plantations in Hill Country

In the tea factories, you get to witness the process of making tea then you’ll be treated to a tasting to try the different flavours( Black, green, white, etc.) .

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Tea tasting

Fresh fruit

If you like fruit then you are in for a treat in Sri Lanka. You’ll probably try some fruit you never had or even heard about before.

This may be surprising for some of you, it definitely was for me but Jackfruit is often cooked in curries. The Jackfruit curry tastes amazing, the fruit has almost a meaty texture.

Fresh papaya, pineapples and bananas are often served for breakfast.

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There are plenty of stalls on the side of the road selling fresh fruit, especially coconut. We stopped to get some red bananas as I never had them before. I remember the gaze of the toddler looking at this stranger buying bananas from his mum 🙂 
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Red Banans
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This photo was taken in my last evening in Sri Lanka. It was pouring rain, I sat in the terrace of the guesthouse drinking coconut & reading a book

 

Coconut pancakes-Pani Pol

This is a favourite of mine.

Technically they are crepes stuffed with sweet coconut filling. To be honest, it doesn’t matter if they’re pancakes or crepes, they are still delicious. I actually want some right now!

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I had these every single morning for breakfast

 

Kottu Rotti

This is the local Sri Lankan street food ladies & Gents.

It’s shopped Rotti bread mixed with vegetables, egg and meat.

Make sure to watch them making your Rotti but be aware chopping all the ingredients is noisy.

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Kottu Rotti in Kandy 
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My Rotti being chopped 😉 

 

Curries

Expect to eat curries for breakfast, lunch and dinner .

Not that I’m complaining, it was amazing.

Typically, you’d be served rice, a main dish of meat of fish and 6 other curries of vegetables and fruit ( remember that Jackfruit curry I was talking about).

If you do visit Sigiriya and you should, make sure to visit Gamagedara Village food.

It’s a small family run restaurant that serves an amazing selection of curries. There’s no menu really, it’s more like a buffet where you help yourself to food.

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I call this : a lunch with a view

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Breakfasts

Breakfasts are typically fresh fruit, coconut pancakes, hoppers and a selection of curries and dhaal.

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Did I like the food in Sri Lanka ? Oh yeah.

Also, don’t be intimidated by the spices, the food is fairly spicy but not unbearably hot.

 

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