At this unremarkable looking location we had a food feast!
First up was ‘hoppers’ (appa / appam). These are basically a Sri Lankan pancake! Its basically made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. The mixture is then ladled into a small wok and swirled around to make a bowl shape.
The hoppers are then served with a spicy dipping sauce (‘lunu miris’).
There’s also another type of hoppers - ‘string hoppers’ which are made from a thicker mixture, shaped through a press to create thin noodles which are then steamed.
The next tasty treat was ‘kottu’ - the unmistakeable sound of its preparation (aka loud clanking metal on metal) leaves a lasting impression.
Kottu is a local favourite fast food. It looks like fried rice but is actually make with roti flatbread (specifically godama roti).
When you order a kottu dish the chef will fry and chop the roti with your chosen ingredients (e.g. meats and veggies).
The chopping is essential for chopping up the roti - banging their spatula and knives on the metal frying surface.
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