No journey in Sri Lanka is complete without tasting some of the best local delights and foods that this country has to offer. Instead of just writing a normal article about Sri Lanka food and local delights and rattle of some of the street restaurants and their local foodsand some of the favourites – some of the best our local culinary skills has to offer. Here are the best street food I ate in Sri Lanka.
Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice
Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice is one of the popular dishes in Sri Lanka. The rich flavour of the rice comes from the grains that have been pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is steamed until it is just cooked with a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. It is usually accompanied with a chilli sauce made up of chillies, chicken broth, garlic and ginger.
This food is a small bite-sized piece of the chicken, beef and mutton steeped in the sweet piquant preserve. The chunky pieces of mouth watering meat are skewered on giant toothpicks and fanned over a large flame. Side dishes which include the cut cucumbers, rice dumplings, onions and the peanut sauce.
This type of the dish is like the fried croissant or the pancake, originating from South India. The pancake is being fried on the hot, oily griddle when it is cooked, and marked with brown spots, then served with curry gravy. Prata is a popular choice for breakfast and supper.
Chilli Crab is an unofficial “national dish” and a favourite at seafood restaurants. It has a sauce that is drawn from the strengths of great chillies, the freshest eggs, tomatoes and other hers and ingredients. It can be eaten on its own, scooping great dollops of chilli or soaked in bread for a spicy serving.
Exotic Food Served Just Right
The exotic meal served in Sri Lanka comprises dishes like Risotto Al Funghi Porcini that is Arborio rice cooked in porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese and white wine. This one is covered in cheesy base and can be enjoyed anytime you come here for a hearty meal.
However, if you need to try something different, search for an Angel Hair Pasta in the Italian Chilli Sauce which is served hot. Again, Tagliatelle al Tartufo which is the smooth homemade pasta by the truffle cream sauce which combines scallops and prawns.
Laksa Laksa is an exciting concoction of noodles made from flour in a curry like gravy made of spices, herbs, dried shrimp, coconut milk and chilli. It is served with slices of fishcakes, prawns and cockles. What start as the spicy peanut that is based gravy evolved into today’s version, combination of Chinese, Malay and mostly Peranakan influences.
Nasi Lemak is a breakfast concoction of the Peranakan and some say are the threshold of the Sri Lanka. Coconut rice being served by anchovies, fresh fried frish, egg and special sambal plus cucumber combo, it is the signature kampong dish which you cannot miss.
So there is a list of some of the best and greatest food that we can offer. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more you can eat and choose from. Just walk along the local streets and pop into anyone of the coffee shops you find – you will be sure to find a local savoury hit!