Two American foodie bloggers eat their way round the world in 80 days and ‘unbox’ in Sri Lanka
When to young American foodie bloggers decided to eat their way round the world in 80 days, they didn’t start in Sri Lanka (day 43). But when they (eventually) arrived, they were particularly impressed with our Chicken Lumprias.
Not only because it’s totally delicious, but also because as one (or the other) of them writes on Terabeza, the ‘unboxing’—unwrapping it from its banana-leaf—is an experience in itself.
“It begins in mysteriously wrapped in foil and unfurls into a beautiful and delicious dish. This banana leaf wrapped treat is a common street food option in Sri Lanka.”
He adds: “This dish speaks to Sri Lanka as a hybrid of communities and flavors. The Island flavors, not to mention presentation in a banana leaf, are evident in this dish. Furthermore, the name comes from Dutch traders who called it ‘Lump Rice’.”
Meanwhile, they ask, is Sri Lankan food “just like Indian food?” And the answer is ‘yes and no’. “There are, of course, regional similarities. Outsiders will notice that Indians and Sri Lankans share an affection for creative use of spices.
“Islands, and Island food, have a way of developing their own unique flair even when they are placed within a dominant geography (Check out the Palk Strait, or the city of Jaffna on Google eart—its beautiful). There are certainly many Island flavors incorporated into Sri Lankan cuisine.
The duo note that “Sri Lanka has been given more than twenty names as travelers over the centuries from Greece, to the Arab World, the British, the Portuguese, the Dutch, and even one of our favorite travelers, Ibn Battuta (who called it Serendib), all named this trade-route Island on their way through.
“Under British Rule, then called Celon, Sri Lanka was a prized possession because of its cinnamon (Sri Lanka still produces about 80% of the world’s cinnamon) and its world famous tea.”
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