When visiting Sri Lanka, one of the most delightful aspects of the experience is undoubtedly the rich and diverse culinary scene. Sri Lankan cuisine is a fusion of flavours, drawing influences from South India, Southeast Asia, and even Europe. To truly savour the essence of this island nation, here are some must-try Sri Lankan foods.
Rice and Curry
A staple in Sri Lankan cuisine, rice and curry is a symphony of flavours. You’ll be served a generous portion of rice accompanied by an array of curries. From fiery fish curry to creamy coconut dhal, each dish tells a unique story of the country’s culinary heritage.
These bowl-shaped, fermented rice flour pancakes are a breakfast favourite. You can choose from egg hoppers, milk hoppers, or plain hoppers, and they’re often accompanied by sambal (spicy coconut chutney) or dhal. Make sure to try these when you’re dining in Mirissa or anywhere on the island because the taste varies from province to province.
The rhythmic clang of cleavers against the griddle is a familiar sound in Sri Lankan streets. Kottu Roti is a stir-fried dish made from chopped roti bread, vegetables, and your choice of protein. It’s a delicious and satisfying street food option.
Delicate and lace-like, string hoppers are made from rice flour and resemble nests of thin noodles. They are typically served with a coconut-based gravy and make for a unique culinary experience. Hotels and resorts such as Ubuntu Beach Villas often serve this classic for breakfast as it’s light and filling.
ften serve this classic for breakfast as it’s light and filling.