Enjoying real local food is one of the best things about traveling. Sri Lanka offers you delicious dishes with the best combination of flavors. Spicy and sweet, fish or meat, and a large variety of vegetables and fruits. We love Sri Lankan food!
Maybe you noticed, the food in the restaurants is not the real (local) thing. But there is an easy and fun way to get it homemade, tasty, and fresh. ResiRest connects locals and travelers by food. Many Sri Lankan families are happy to welcome you in their houses and prepare the best, traditional food. You eat it together, so there is plenty of time to get to know each other.
Do you want to get a real taste of local culture: don’t hesitate and join in! Let’s learn about the people of Sri Lanka and the habits at the dining table.
At the dining table of Mahalingam in Trincomalee
When you come to Trincomalee, grab your chance to eat real local Tamil food at Mahalingam’s home. She makes the best string hopper dishes in town. She cooks by the great Tamil saying “Food is the medicine”. Therefore, Mahalingam and her family are into organic gardening and farming. So, this might be the best place for you to try a vegetable curry.
Mahalingam is the center of a busy family with three kids, three pet dogs, and two pet cows. Also, she runs an organic vegetable shop and serves the farming community by providing training. Obviously, she’s really an expert in good food and she loves to provide travelers her hospitality and knowledge. You are most welcome at the dining table of Mahalingam!
Sinhalese and Tamil people
Have you noticed the red dot on the face of Mahalingam? She is Tamil and Hindu. The Tamils are the second largest community of Sri Lanka. Similar to the largest community, the Sinhalese, originally they are from India. Besides the Sinhalese and Tamils, many other people populate the island. For example, in some coastal areas, you find offspring of the British and Dutch traders.
Due to the diversity of the people, there are many distinct languages, religions, and habits. For instance, note the Hindu temples in Jaffna, a place where many Tamils live. And, the large blue statue of Hindu god Shiva who welcomes you in Trincomalee. Compare this to a southern city like Colombo. Here you see mainly orange and golden colors in the Buddhist temples.
At the dining table in the Ella and Kandy area
Getting hungry after your train ride to Ella? Then, let’s eat some more Sri Lankan food! For example, at the dining table of Ekanayaka. She is a lovely caring woman, and she loves to cook. Also, if you like to escape the mainly touristic hotspot Ella, the true local culture of Bandarawela will enlighten you. Just a ten minute drive out of Ella, and there you find the small house of Ekanayaka and her family. One of her specialties is Sri Lankan rice and curry. This means a large bowl of rice in combination with multiple small bowls with curries, vegetables, eggs, and salad.
When you are getting on or off the train in Kandy, make sure you take time to eat Ghee rice and curry with Mrs. Selvam. Coconut, ginger, cashew, and garlic are just a few of the ingredients of this dish. All the flavors make the best combination you have ever tasted. Moreover, Vicky is a lovely woman to meet. She likes gardening, cooking traditional Sri Lankan food, and of course, meeting people.
Also in Kandy, you can meet up with Mohamed and his family. He worked for some time in Japan, now he workes as a tuktuk driver. Mohamed and his wife are passionate about food and travel. They like to share their culture and love to get to know about yours. Mohamed says about ResiRest: “This chance helps my family to empower especially my children’s education and share the knowledge with the world.” Together with Mohamed, you can eat for instance Briyani (with chicken) or rice and curry (with fish).
Sri Lankan food, pretty spicy!
The Sri Lankan cuisine finds its roots in India. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the food is very spicy and tasty. It is even spicier than the original Indian cuisine. This next level of spicy can be quite a challenge for travelers. It’s for no reason that rice is served generously. This settles the strong flavors of the curries. Also, you might drink a glass of warm water if you think it gets too hot. It helps you rather better than cold water.
And, let’s provide you with some extra tips for eating the Sri Lankan food. Cutlery is not always around. You can use a flatbread to skip the food into your mouth. No bread, no problem either. You can eat with your hands. Well, with your right hand to be exact. Since the right hand is clean and the left unclean to the local Sri Lankan beliefs. Just make a small ball of the food and stick it in your mouth. And beware: finishing your plate means you like more food. When you are finished, leave a little food on your plate. Otherwise, you will get stuffed with food some more.
If you eat inside the house of a local family, make sure you leave your shoes outside. That’s polite and very normal in Sri Lanka. Also, you can bring a small present if you like and give this to your host. For example, they like candy and cookies. For many Sri Lankan, these articles are quite a luxury.
Hikkaduwa best food in town
Do you happen to be in or near Hikkaduwa? Lucky you! Not only are you in the coastal village with the best vibe of the island. Also, you can taste delicious Maluambulthiyal here. This famous Sri Lankan fish dish you can eat together with Nallahandi. She loves cooking and therefore, she puts a lot of effort into it to get the perfect flavor in her meals. If you’re interested in cooking, she might share her kitchen secrets with you.
We can recommend Nallahandi not only because she serves the best food in town. Moreover, she is a lovely strong woman who allways works hard to make a living. If you have a nice time, it makes her perfectly happy and proud!
Support the locals
We provide fair tourism. By eating the delicious Sri Lankan food together, you directly support the local family. For you as a traveler, there is a unique cultural experience. It’s easy, safe and fun. In Sri Lanka, we work together with the Friendship Foundation and local agent Yaathav. By working together, we can provide you a large network of reliable host families around the country. In case of any questions, you can reach out to Yaathav. By all means, we make sure you have the best experience.
You pay a fixed price according to the local standards. An average menu is about €6,- (non-alcoholic drinks are included on a fair use basis). Tipping is not necessary since the people make a fair income out of this. Single traveler, couple or small group, all are welcome to join in!
You can check all Sri Lankan food, places, and families in the free ResiRest app. Or contact us by our website or socials. See you soon at a Sri Lankan dining table!