No Holiday is complete without tasting the local Cuisine and some countries have more variety and unique Dishes to offer. Sri Lanka has a so much to offer with its Signature spices and authentic Vegetables. Sri Lankan curries stay creamy, because of the Coconut Milk that’s been used so very often.
Rice and curry – Anywhere, Anytime
The staple Food of Sri Lanka is Rice. Vegetables, Fish and Meet is been served with Rice. There are Sri Lankans who eat Rice & Curry for all three meals of the day. It is never boring as we have over 50 different types of Vegetables and 15 different types of rice to choose from. Al least five Dishes of Vegetables are served with Rice along with Papadams, Green Salads & Sambol [ Sambol is made with grated Coconut and Chilly] Sri Lanka is a Vegetarian`s Paradise.
Hoppers [ Aappa]
The hopper has a soft, puffy, crêpe-like texture and is part of typical Sri Lankan breakfast. The hopper is made from a batter with Rice Flour, coconut milk and palm toddy that is left to sit through the Night allowing time to ferment. A Hopper tastes a bit like a pan cake, but looks like a Bowl. The locals eat Hoppers with a Spicy Salad or a Curry, but to start with, you can try it with Jam as you are not used to eating Spicy Food for Breakfast. But after a few days in to your Holiday you can try it in Sri Lankan Style, You could have an Egg in the Hopper too if you wish.
Roti is common in South East Asia and there are so many versions of it. This is also spelled as "rotti" or "roty". Roti in Sri Lanka is made out of flour and Coconut and looks like a Pan Cake, but a lot thicker and harder than a Pan Cake. Locals eat it with a hot Salad or a Curry. A pastry with Vegetable curry is called a Vegetable Roti and a Pastry with Chicken curry is called a Chicken Roti.
This is equitant to your Kebabs. When you are hungry after a few drinks in the late evening, this is what you eat. It is a mixture of chopped up Nan Bread, Eggs, Vegetables, Spices and Meat [on request] that has been on a Grill. This is the most popular street food in Sri Lanka. You can watch it being cooked and the Noise it makes when chopping up the Nan Bread would not go unnoticeably.
String hoppers is a Rice Flour Noodle based thin, Pancake. You would need about ten of them for a meal. String Hoppers are served with at least three Dishes of Vegetable curries. It is served for breakfast and dinner.
This is a unique term used for Street Food in Sri Lanka. You find these in Bakeries and there is a reasonable choice of them. Mashed up Potato and some curry in a Pastry would be a Vegetable Roti, You could also try Egg Roti, Chicken Roti etc. Deep fried Lentils is called Dhal Cake [ Wade] .
Being a tiny Island makes Sri Lanka a great place to try fresh Seafood. There are a lot of local Restaurants selling quality Seafood on the Beaches. Tiger prawns, Jumbo Prawns, Crabs, Lobster and Langoustine are so fresh coming direct from the local Oceans. The variety of Fish is amazing. Red Snapper, Tuna, Barracuda, Sword fish are a few to name.
Ceylon Tea it is. Being one of the major Tea exporters in the World we offer really good Tea. You can try the pure Tea such as BOPF or BOP , Blended Tea and flavored Tea. You can see the Journey from Leaf to Cup at a Tea Factory. The National alcoholic drink is called Arrack which comes from the Coconut Palm. Palm Toddy is tapped out of the Coconut Flower and distilled to produce Arrack which has a volume of around 30 % Alcohol. You can try it with Coke, Soda or Ginger Beer. Beer is not that Popular in Sri Lanka and there aren’t that many types to choose from. The widely available & popular brand is the Lion Larger.
The island's tropical fruit cornucopia includes non-seasonal fruits such as Pineapple, Banana, Papaya and Water Mellon. Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Mangoes, Guava, Mangos tin , Rambutans and Star Fruits are seasonal and you can try them if you are in Sri Lanka at the right time. The Orange Coconut called King Coconut is sold by the roads and tastes so much better than the bottled Coconut Water. You might occasionally find our curries a bit too Spicy. The Hotels would water the curries down for you on request. After a few days in to the Holiday, you will slowly, but surely get used to our spicy food.