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Boston, MA: Great Sri Lankan String Hoppers at Biryani Park Food Truck

Hub Grub Liz Bomze Post a comment

Between the official start of summer and the Boston food truck scene being bigger and better than ever (13 new trucks this season!), there's no better time to make a fuss over the Hub's mobile meal options. Behold, a summer's worth of food truck posts, starting now. More

Video: Fishing in Sri Lanka After the Tsunami

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If you drive down the southern coast of Sri Lanka, you may see fishermen sitting out on wooden, homemade poles about 100 yards off the shore. These are the stilt fishermen. Many of them lost family members to the tsunami of 2004, but they all make it back to the ocean each day to fish for their survival. Watch this heartbreaking and inspiring story. More

Video: Eating the Coconut from Nose to Tail in Sri Lanka

Daniel Klein 2 comments

Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. Not only is it the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but the entire coconut tree also plays a major role in the non-culinary ways of life. We spent the day with a family of eight on their coconut plantation outside Negombo, where they showed us all the coconut has to offer. We were delighted to eat it in rice, sambal, roti and all that contained this miraculous coconut. More

Video: How to Make Sri Lankan Street Food at Home

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On our recent trip to Sri Lanka (watch this video for a taste of our journey) we fell in love with the street food Kothu Roti, or "chopped roti." Vendors at small roadside (and beachside) stands across the country chop up already cooked roti and stir-fry it with various fresh vegetables, meat, or fish, then serve it alongside curry. Learn how to make it at home! More

Video: A Lovely Tale of a Tea Farming Couple in Sri Lanka

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We visited Sri Lanka (watch this video for a taste of our journey) with every intention of filming a story about an organic, fair-trade tea farmer. That's exactly what we were planning when setting foot upon the small tea farm of Piyasena and his wife Ariyawatha. What we didn't expect was to be so taken with the relationship between the two of them. More

Video: A Taste of Sri Lanka in 3 Minutes

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Before departing on our two-week trip through Sri Lanka, I knew very little besides the beaches and MIA's music. But after the adventure, we fell in love with the country. Two weeks is never enough to get to know a place but it gives you a good idea. We discovered the many uses of coconut, the ubiquitous rice and curry, and a culture of generosity. Watch this video to get a taste of the food and sites of Sri Lanka. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Hoppers

Caroline Russock Post a comment

Hoppers, a Sri Lankan roadside snack, are delicate sourdough crepes made with coconut milk and rice flour. Cooked in a high-sided spherical pan, the batter is swirled around during the cooking process, making for lacey-crisp edges and a tender center. They're a wonderful vehicle for scooping up saucy curries, or if you're a fan of all things eggy, feel free to crack an egg in the middle of one of these guys. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Hoppers

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

Hoppers, a Sri Lankan roadside snack are delicate sourdough crepes made with coconut milk and rice flour. Cooked in a high-sided spherical pan, the batter is swirled around during the cooking process making for lacey-crisp edges and a tender center. S.H. Fernando Jr., author of Rice & Curry says that they're a wonderful vehicle for scooping up saucy curries, or if you're a fan of all things eggy, feel free to crack an egg in the middle of one of these guys for a Sri Lankan breakfast of champions. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Coconut Custard Pudding

Caroline Russock 3 comments

This Coconut Custard Pudding from S.H. Fernando Jr.'s Rice & Curry is a tropical take on a caramel custard. Instead of cream or milk, this recipe calls for thick coconut milk, resulting in a rich custard full of caramelized coconut notes, accented with nutmeg and cardamom. A scattering of crushed cashews are sprinkled on just before serving to add a crunch to the creamy custard. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Coconut Custard Pudding

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 7 comments

This Coconut Custard Pudding from S.H. Fernando Jr.'s Rice & Curry is a tropical take on a caramel custard. Instead of cream or milk, this recipe calls for thick coconut milk, resulting in a rich custard full of caramelized coconut notes, accented with nutmeg and cardamom. A scattering of crushed cashews are sprinkled on just before serving to add a crunch to the creamy custard. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Cashew Nut Curry

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

Perhaps the most unusual curry in S.H. Fernando Jr.'s guide to Sri Lankan cuisine, Rice & Curry, is made of an ingredient more often found in a bowl of mixed nuts than in a steamy pot of coconut milk and chiles. Cashew Nut Curry is a wonderfully rich vegetarian curry, with soft, fatty cashews floating in creamy coconut milk spiced with curry leaves, lemongrass, coriander, and just enough chile heat. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Spicy Lentil Fritters

Caroline Russock 1 comment

S.H. Fernando Jr., author of Rice & Curry, calls these Spicy Lentil Fritters an Asian take on falafel, and that's a spot-on call. Subbing out chickpeas for yellow split peas makes for fritters with a great bite and the chiles, onion, curry leaves, ginger, and fennel seeds give these guys beguiling flavor, one that will have you snacking on these little fritters until every last one is gone. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Spicy Lentil Fritters

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

S.H. Fernando Jr., author of Rice & Curry, calls these Spicy Lentil Fritters an Asian take on falafel, and that's a spot-on call. Subbing out chickpeas for yellow split peas makes for fritters with a great bite and the chiles, onion, curry leaves, ginger, and fennel seeds give these guys beguiling flavor, one that will have you snacking on these little fritters until every last one is gone. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Caroline Russock 2 comments

Chicken Curry or Kukul Mas was the first recipe that S.H. Fernando Jr., author of Rice & Curry added to his Sri Lankan recipe repertoire. It's a wonderfully creamy curry that begins with assembling a Roasted Curry Powder that lends all of rich, deeply spiced flavors to the curry. More

S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

Chicken Curry or Kukul Mas was the first recipe that S.H. Fernando Jr., author of Rice & Curry added to his Sri Lankan recipe repertoire. It's a wonderfully creamy curry that begins with assembling a Roasted Curry Powder that lends all of rich, deeply spiced flavors to the curry. More

S.H. Fernando Jr.'s Deviled Shrimp

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

Chile plays a major roll in the cuisine of Sri Lanka. Powdered cayenne, and hot peppers both dried and fresh pop up in nearly every recipe in S.H. Fernando Jr.'s Rice & Curry. So it's only appropriate that we're kicking of a week of Sri Lankan home cooking with a chile-laden recipe for Deviled Shrimp. More

BYOB of the Week: Sigiri, Your Gateway Sri Lankan Restaurant in the East Village

New York Carey Jones 2 comments

Previous BYOBs Ivo & Lulu Gazala Place Tartine If you're familiar with one restaurant on this block of lower First Avenue, it's probably not Sigiri—you're more likely to have been strongarmed into an Indian joint by its zealous street... More

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