As we all know, Sri Lanka’s spicy and hugely varied cuisine takes some beating. In fact, according to the Helen in Wonderlust blog, “Sri Lankan food is some of the best I’ve had anywhere in the world”.
She writes: “I pretty much ate my way around the country, trying anything and everything so I could report back on my findings (the things I do for you guys) from local street food places to higher end restaurants”.
She lists some of her favourites, starting with the first place she sampled the delights to come, the King Coconut in Negombo. “Having just arrived, I went straight for Sri Lankan chicken curry and rice, which came with vegetables, spicy pineapple, mango chutney and papadums. It was really tasty and with just the right amount of spiciness for me.”
Next up is Chooti in Sigiriya “a great little find. Nothing fancy, just a simple roadside restaurant, with plastic chairs and tables. The food was typical home cooked Sri Lankan – cheap and tasty! The staff were lovely, as I found most Sri Lankans to be and everything was served with a smile.”
At the Spice Garden in Ella, she writes that “having tasted so much great Sri Lankan food, one of the things we really wanted to do was take a cooking class so we could cook it ourselves at home”.
Which she did. “Our teacher, Chandika was brilliant. A young, entrepreneurial guy of 27, he made the class really fun and the 3 hour lesson flew by! We learned all about the various spices and learned to cook 3 curries, as well as the accompaniments of coconut sambol, rice and papadums.”
Last but not least, she sampled some of the delicious street food to be found in Colombo, and was suitably impressed. “Our tour guides took us to a local cafe in Pettah. Pettah is the busiest district in Colombo and the place was bustling with locals, chaotic and right on the street – I loved it!”