A quick trip to Sri Lanka has left us obsessed with Sri Lankan street food. How lucky we are that we can find the real deal in Sydney.
At the first chance we get after our trip we head west to Flemington for some curry and rice at Mithu's, then we waddle over to Homebush to get some Sri Lankan takeaway for dinner. Sri Lankan Food Bar is a takeaway only joint. There's a big range of short eats (deep fried spicy snacks), curries and sweets. You can also get some staples such as hoppers in the fridge. We're quite enamoured with the veggie curries in the bainmarie, we'll be back to work our way through these babies.
This 'lump rice' is very similar to takeaway 'packets' that are everywhere in Sri Lanka. A mound of rice, tempered with spices, with a range of tasty bits on top. This one has chicken, eggplant curry, potato curry, fried fish cake, boiled egg, banana chips and coconut sambal. It's fancier than the ones we had in Sri Lanka but we ain't complaining. Highly recommended. About $10.
These lump rice dishes seem to be commercially prepared, looking forward to trying more.
Classic street snacks from Sri Lanka, we saw these everywhere. The fried rolls are kind of like spicy Sri Lankan chiko rolls. The round things are made of lentils and seem very plain at first, but there's different spices and flavours in nearly every mouthful. We've seen these with lovely green curry leaves or prawns cooked into them.
Big ball actually came from Mithu's: a plain doughy ball with a sweet crunchy crust. The little balls are from Sri Lankan Food Bar. We don't know what they are called but they are like chewy balls of halva, bitter at first bite, but with a sweet after kick.
Sri Lankan Food Bar is at 42 Burlington Road, Homebush, a couple of doors down from Janani.
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