Popular Dishes and Delicacies in Colombo – A Culinary Adventure Awaits!

If you are a foodie looking for a new culinary adventure, then Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo is definitely worth visiting! Here are some quintessential dishes you need to try when here.

 

Rice and curry

A staple dish not only in Colombo but the whole of Sri Lanka, rice and curry is a ‘must try’ and is readily available at street side eateries, hotel dining venues and restaurants in Wattala. Spicy curries which one can enjoy feature meats like chicken, fish or beef and a range of veggies.

Seafood (all kinds!)

All manner of seafood dishes can be enjoyed in Colombo. When it comes to street food, “isso vade” a deep fried snack topped with prawns is worth trying. Curried or barbequed seafood is also popular while other variations can be found at various restaurants including those at hotels like Pegasus Reef Hotel which offer shrimp, crab and lobster dishes as well.

Kothu Roti

A dish made from chopped up flatbread and mixed with vegetables, spices and a choice of meats (vegetarian options are available too), kothu roti is a famed street food in Colombo. Watching it being made as two rhythmic blades are used for chopping is part of the fun for first timers!

Hoppers

Think thin pancake, almost shaped like a bowl and with crispy edges; that’s what a hopper looks like! This rice flour based creation is a delight to eat with curry and coconut sambol or chilli paste, while the egg version of it has a fried egg in the middle as well.

 

 

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The Best Food to Try in Hong Kong – Unique Foodie Adventures

A reflection of Hong Kong’s multicultural nature is the truly divine range of local dishes available for the bona fide foodie. There’s much to choose from, though here are some that deserve special mention when it comes to food to try in Hong Kong.

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Congee

Also referred to as silky-smooth congee, this delicious rice porridge is a much-loved comfort food. This traditional dish is generally cooked with a variety of meats. Some variations come with BBQ pork, shrimp and fish, served at places like Super Super Congee & Noodle, a 10 minute walk from Dorsett Tsuen Wan.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Another Hong Kong favourite, sweet and sour pork is not to be missed and is usually served in a delectable orange sauce that adds to the flavour. Be you dining at a local eatery or a western restaurant Hong Kong has to offer, do see if this iconic dish is on the menu.

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

Locally known as “Har Gow”, this dim sum dish features shrimp dumplings prepared to perfection. It can be a bit expensive, but these dumplings which generally also have a bit of pork too are well worth trying.

Roast Goose

A traditional Cantonese dish, roast goose is generally served with a plum sauce; the cut pieces also have the skin along with tender and juicy meat. The Guangdong-style version features a particular variety of goose and is a popular dish especially in the New Territories.

 

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Traditional Dhivehi Cuisine – Food culture of Maldives

The stunning archipelago of the Maldives may always be associated with gin -clear water, swaying palms fringing sparkling stretches of pristine shores, but it definitely has more to it, namely its spicy and flavoursome cuisine!

 

Fish

Unsurprisingly fresh fish is the star ingredient in the Maldivian cuisine , especially their tuna. The island nation is home to a wide variety of tuna species such as skipjack tuna yellow fin tuna among others. The fish is prepared in a myriad of ways such as by smoking, grilling and cooking. Visitors can try deliciously prepared tuna dishes at many a restaurant in Maldives by hotels such as Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas while there.

 

Coconuts

Known as kurumba in the local language, coconuts are quite literally everywhere and happens to be a vital part of the native cuisine and culture. It has also been declared as the country’s national tree.

 

Starches

Another staple ingredient used here , are starches. Some favorites include taro, sweet potatoes and cassava which are either ground into flour or eaten boiled or steamed.

 

Specialty Dishes

Some must try specialty dishes include the garudhiya, a Maldivian fish soup which is served hot with plenty of chilies, lime and rice. Another must eat include, kuhi boakiba which are delicious fish cakes prepared with smoked tuna and served at special occasions.

 

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+