5 Reasons Why Sri Lanka is the Ideal Foodie Destination

Sri Lanka’s high reputational as a tropical paradise, diverse and delicious cuisine attracts many travelers. Their food is fascinating and colorful just as the island itself. Sri Lanka’s menu draws from the multi-ethnic composition, rich history, and significant quality of flavorful including fresh ingredients.   Here are the five reasons why Sri Lanka foodie’s dream!

All dietary restrictions and choices can be accommodated.

Regardless of your dietary preferences, Sri Lankan food covers all your nutritional intolerances. The plant-based curies such as jackfruit, cashew and beetroot etc. are available to satisfy vegans and vegetarians, while beef, lamb, pork, seafood curries and chicken are available for meat-eaters. If you are allergic to shellfish, you can eat other seafood, vegetables, and meats. The most common Sri Lankan lunch is the string hoppers and traditional hoppers that are made with rice flour.  Dairy is not a favourite feature of Sri Lankan cuisine, but coconut milk is much more commonly used.

Restaurants are abundant and assorted.

If you are looking for comfortable restaurants with exceptional cuisine or budget-friendly options, Sri Lanka has it all. Galle and Colombo are two familiar locations experiencing restaurant booms. The old favorites are thriving, but the new additions by vibrant young chefs are bringing new features into the restaurant scene. If you are looking for other food apart from Sri Lankan food (terrible to believe, but possible) you will likely find many other alternatives, especially in Colombo.

Sri Lankan food is healthy.

Sri Lankan food is good for health-conscious eaters. They used coconut milk to replace ghee (clarified butter commonly used for cooking in Indian). The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, fenugreek seeds; turmeric and cardamom are widely used because of their health benefits. The curry leaf (Karapincha) is popularly used in many Sri Lankan curries including Ayurvedic healing for its healing properties. Many cafes focusing on healthy options are gaining ground in some areas of the country, so you can also do your research.

Street food is an affordable alternative to restaurants.

In Sri Lanka, street food is quite cheap and affordable. Hoppers and Isso vadai (fried lentil patties that contain prawns) are very popular. Another personal favourite is the roadside corn with full cobs boiled with salted water sold along the rural roadsides. Buying food from hawkers is a fantastic way to support local Sri Lankans and learn a lot about its people including the country.  

The variations of its food reflected in the country’s diversity.

Sri Lankans consists of many diverse groups. Most people recognized the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups, but there are other groups like Burghers, Moors, Colombo Chetties, Malays and more. The entire ethnic group in Sri Lanka has their ways of preparing food. Most times they are similar but often different; the favourite thread between them is that they are all delicious. Similarly, the dishes vary according to regions. The crab curry from the Northern city of Jaffna tastes differently from the crab curry in the western town of Negombo. However, the tastes and flavours depend on ingredient and demographics availability in the location.

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