While Sri Lanka’s reputation as a tropical paradise attracts plenty of surfers and beachgoers alike, travelers – especially the particularly culinary-conscious – would be remiss not to indulge in the island’s diverse and delicious cuisine. Drawing from its multi-ethnic makeup, rich history, and abundance of fresh, flavorful ingredients, Sri Lanka’s food is as colourful and fascinating as the island itself. Read on to see SISL’s top 10 reasons why Sri Lanka is every foodie’s dream!
Let me begin by saying that I’ve quite literally travelled all across Sri Lanka solo in every way you could possibly imagine. From cars, trains and buses, I have a lot of first hand experience as both a tourist and a resident. From my first solo trip 2 years ago (I travelled with family prior to this for over 13 years) to the guesthouse where I’m writing this in Jaffna, I have learnt so much between then and now.
As a keen crab curry foodie, I was looking forward to trying the ‘Kalkudah style crab curry’ at Sun Aqua in a province abundent with some the freshest, tastiest seafood on the island. The succulent crab in a perfectly balanced creamy/spicy coconut sauce tasted incredible and after trying it myself, couldn’t help but request the recipe to share…
Fresh, local produce is plentiful and widely available in a variety of mouth-watering dishes across Sri Lanka. There are also likely to be many foods you haven’t tried or perhaps even heard of before which alone is one of the many highlights of visiting this beautiful country; making your joyful way through the diversity of indigenous foods & local cuisine.
Being ‘in the know’, what a wonderful thing. I find it a little daunting visiting a new country to begin with- as much as I want to partake in a couple of tourist related activities I don’t want to be sent on a full blown tourist trail without seeing a more authentic side to the country too.