SPICE IT UP
Sri Lankan cuisine is not only colourful on the table but also on your taste palette. Wherever you go on the island, the food itself will be a stunning experience, but unless you are used to very spicy food or if you haven’t travelled in a South Asian country before, here are a few things to remember before you sit down at the table.
If you are not used to spicy food, always start with mild Sri Lankan food can be pretty spicy and pretty generous with chilli. In a couple of days, you can get used to it and will be eating Sri Lankan food like a pro.
You will be served cutlery, but have a shot at using your hand like the locals. Rice was meant to be eaten by hand 😉 If you do end up trying to eat with your hand, remember to always only use your right hand only, and don’t get your food past the first knuckle – that’s bad manners 😀
BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
Breakfast can be very variety of things. Ditch the continental menu and try some of the local stuff like Rotti, Milk Rice or String Hoppers.
Lunch in Sri Lanka is usually Rice and Curry, usually served with many vegetable dishes. If you are a vegetarian you will LOVE Sri Lanka. Apart from the regular veggies, make sure to ask whats from the area and what’s seasonal, and you might stumble across some very unique stuff.
Dinner is a street affair. A lot of street shops offer Sri Lanka favourites like Kottu and Hoppers. If you are in a remote area, find out about dinner early as most shops close pretty early in the evening.
Meals at your hotel can be a bit expensive, so if you want to keep your food budget tight, always eat out, you will find plenty of small restaurants on the road. For under 1,000 Rs you can get a good meal at most restaurants, but don’t be afraid to spoil yourself from time to time either.
CARRY CLEAN WATER
Regarding the water, always carry a bottle of water, or purchase one if you don’t have one at hand. Most hotels will have a filtered water dispenser, so if you carry your own bottle you can fill it up whenever you get the chance. You can also get big 4 – 5 L can’s of water (they cost about 300 Rs or so) and keep it in your vehicle.
Please read our article about Sri Lankan food to find out more about what to eat when you are in Sri Lanka.