Street food is soul food

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By 2017-08-04

By Uwin Lugoda

Every culture is different; therefore they enjoy different things in life. One of the things that are unique to each culture is the food they consume in their day to day life. So to truly experience the essence of these cultures one must eat their street food.

Street food as you may know is literally foods that are available in the streets. These are very unique according to each culture, therefore may differ from country to country, or even city to city. Generally quite cheap, street food tends to become a staple part of the locals diets. Especially in Sri Lanka, street food is a delicacy enjoyed by many.

We Sri Lankans are lucky to have a wide range of street foods, from savory to sweet; we get to enjoy all of it. Some of our most famous street food includes Kottu, Isso Vadei, Samosas, Saravita and bombai muttai.

While eating street food isn't always the safest or healthiest option, we do it anyway since they taste amazing. So here are the places where and when you can find these mouth watering delicacies.


Kottu is by far the most famous out of all of these street foods. There's not one Sri Lankan who haven't tried kottu in one form or the other.

Made from godhamba roti mixed with vegetables, egg, meat and spices (there's also a vegetarian option), this savory meal is generally considered a common dinner dish. While there are so many places that serve kottu, there are places which give a unique spin to it. Two of the best kottus here are the Cheese kottu from Pillawoos and the Dolphin kottu from Star Hotel (not actually in Beruwela).

The cheese kottu has everything you could need from a meal; cheese, meat and milky goodness. Originally coming in either chicken or beef, what this kottu lacks in spices it more than makes up for in taste. Dolphin Kottu uses parata roti instead of godhamba, and has everything you'd usually find in a normal kottu, only in larger portions. Unlike the Cheese kottu, Dolphin Kottu is a super spicy version of the original one, with extra chili flakes and chili paste.

Isso Wade-

Isso Wade (prawn cakes) is by far the best wade in Sri Lanka. The combination of deep fried prawns covered in onions, green chili and carrots, with a chili sauce on top, is absolute perfection. The crunchy treat can be found in most streets, but nothing beats the ones they make along the Galle Face Green. Costing no more than Rs.30 to Rs.50, these prawn cakes will have you coming back for more.


While not exclusive to Sri Lanka, samosa's have made their way into our hearts and stomachs. This savory snack is a fried dish with a savory filling that can have anything you want in it, from beef, mutton or even vegetables for the vegetarian crowd.
Available in almost any street corner or Indian restaurant, samosas have become a favorite afternoon snack in most household around the country.

Saravita and bombai muttai-

The only to sweet snacks in the list, saravita and bombai motai are the easiest to find. Both of these are considered a street desert rather than a meal.

Saravita is shredded coconut which are colored with a range of luminous colors, and are wrapped in betel leafs. Mostly found during pereharas and during the night time near popular public places like Galle Face, saravita is carried around by people wearing trays around their necks.

Bombai muttai is a massive part of any Sri Lankan's childhood. The sugary treat is basically homemade cotton candy that comes in between edible wafers, giving it the appearance of a sandwich. Bombai muttai is the easiest to get a hold of since it literally gets delivered to your doorstep. The 'Bombai Muttai' man goes from street to street ringing his little bell with an canister filled with this sugary goodness.




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