Exotic Street Foods to Try in Colombo
1. Kottu Roti
2. Godambha Roti (Sri Lankan Paratha)
Sri Lankan street food is a twist of not only the cultures that reside inside Sri Lanka, but also it is infused with other cultures outside Sri Lanka. Likewise, Godambha roti which has its roots in Singapore, is a famous type of street food with a Sri Lankan touch to it. Godambha roti is made using an unleavened dough which is stretched until it becomes super thin and then laid on a hot surface. Godambha roti can be eaten as it is, but the scrumptious way to eat it is with some fiery fish curry or chicken curry and dhal curry. Not only that, Godambha roti can be further customized as per your requirement. You can either order it with an egg, meat, cheese, or with a vegetable filling. It is entirely your choice to choose how you want your Godambha roti to taste.
3. String Hoppers
What if you want to start your day with a super delicious breakfast but at a very low cost? Well, string hoppers are there for your rescue. It is a food item that is made using rice flour. A dough is made of rice flour, and then a special kind of moulding utensil is used to make rice noodles. They usually take the shape of flat spirals. A complete breakfast street food meal comprises string hoppers, coconut sambal, and dhal curry. Nonetheless, string hoppers are also available during the nights. However, it is not only a street food item but also a breakfast meal that is served in restaurants and hotels as well.
4. Hoppers and Egg Hoppers
One of the best street food items equally visible during the mornings and nights is hoppers and egg hoppers. Not only in Colombo, Hoppers and egg hoppers are famous Sri Lankan cuisine all around the country. There is no way you can miss out on this authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. This is made by mixing rice flour and coconut milk into a light pancake batter. The batter is continuously stirred before pouring a spoonful of batter into small deep-bottomed pans to be cooked. The crunch at the edges of the hoppers brings in that extra pinch of magic into this. The plain spiral pancakes are known as hoppers, while for an egg hopper, an egg is cracked onto the middle of the hopper. Usually, hoppers are served with some Lunu miris (a spicy mixture made out of chilli and onions) or a spicy fish or chicken curry. However, a hopper without any side dishes even makes a nice snack during the evenings.
6. Finger Foods (Samosa)
The Colombo streets are abundant with a variety of finger foods. Among the many finger foods available here, the delicious samosas are of significance. It is a small snack loaded with much aroma and flavour. The samosas are generously stuffed with some flavourful filling that is always distinct from each street food cart or stall. Nonetheless, the crunchy texture of the outer covering adds that extra bit of deliciousness to this snack. These triangular savoury snacks are either vegetarian or non-vegetarian.