Oz MasterChef foodie extols Sri Lanka’s famed hoppers
Sri Lanka’s rightfully extolled egg hoppers are the stars of a new venture by Australia’s former MasterChef Kumar Pereira and companion Ruvane De Zoysa.
Hopper Kadé, their popular new morning foodie stall at Sydney’s Orangegrove markets, was launched with the catchy slogan ‘Forget the Whopper, have a Hopper.’
Selling “like hot cakes”, they are now a firm favourite with market goers, and for Kumar and Ruvane, the only problem is keeping up with demand.
Says Ruvane on the News Local website: “Every weekend, we increase the number of hoppers we serve, yet every Saturday, we sell out well before the markets close.”
The pair, who both have a Sri Lankan backgrounds, started the venture after they couldn’t find anywhere in Sydney that sold a hopper as good as they knew they can be.
Ruvane: “Kumar and I both have roots in Sri Lanka and love hoppers, but struggled to find them in Sydney so we decided to start making them ourselves.”
Unlike traditionally white wheat-flour hoppers, says Ruvane, Hopper Kadé’s are made with coconut water, spices and naturally fermented red rice flour.
And with a tourism roadshow in Australia hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in Sydney, news of these Oz super-hoppers couldn’t have come at a better time!