Oslo for the budget conscious

How to save when in Oslo

Norway, a country blessed with so much natural beauty doesn’t come free. It spans a wider region in up to north pole and covers a variety of vegetation. It isn’t cheap to do stuff in Norway by general standards but coming from Australia I have noticed some prices in Noway are comparable to Australian pricing. Below is a general guide of how you can save money when visiting Oslo in particular.

Doing the touristy things

Hey, if you are visiting anywhere I always do the touristy things. After all, its how you get to know a city and the country. Oslo in particular has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and museums.

Following is a list of places I visited in Oslo free of charge:

  • Akershus fortress
  • Viking ship museum
  • Holmenkollen
  • Fram museum
  • City hall
  • Munch museum
  • Interculture museum

Akershus fortress and Military museum

This is the first of my list partly because I love visiting historic places especially castles and fortifications. It tells one so much about the history of the city, its struggles and how it survived.

Entrance to the military museum is free and has a variety of exhibits ranging from viking age to current military involvements. I specially liked learning about the viking era and the battles that took place. Exhibit information is also available in english which made it much more user friendly.

Fortress is located in one end of the town and I can see why its built there. Its an amazing piece of architecture and loved walking up and down the cobblestone walkways. Once you are at the highest points (there are 2 sides) and you have lovely views of the city and water. Unfortunately during my visit one can only admire the beauty of the fortress from outside as it was still in winter schedule. It is however free to walk outside but would cost to get in if the inside is open. 

Viking ship museum

Wow, I felt like a kid again! I was truly impressed with the 3 ships thats housed inside this smaller museum. The video documentary is truly awesome and I felt I was part of it. If you have to skip something, let this not be the one. A visit here is a must.

Entrance is NOK 100. Read below to see how you can visit for free.

Fram museum

Having visited Vasa museum in Stockholm I find this to be very similar to it. Fram is a specially built ship for arctic exploration. After much deliberation and drama, they have somehow got the ship together. You can read about its history and how it came about at the museum.

Unlike Vasa, what’s great about Fram is that you can actually get onboard the ship and touch and feel it. I loved the experience so much that I wanted to stay here for longer. 

If you are around Bigdoy area, please visit Fram as its an amazing ship!

Entrance is NOK 100. Read below to see how you can visit for free.

National Gallery

I love art and always take timeout to see the local art culture specially an art museum. Modern or old, both fascinates me and can probably spend a day there of course with multiple breaks. 

As I was on a day pass, I had to rush this a bit but I have covered almost all rooms within 1.5 hours. Its not very big but there’s a lot of art so if you’d like to take it slow and absorb all in, please do so. I know I would if I had the time.

Entrance is NOK 100. Read below to see how you can visit for free.

Holmenkollen

What a beauty this is. Curves are amazing and I see why this has become such a hot spot. 

Blessed with blue skies to enjoy the curves

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You can get glimpses of Holmenkollen from the city but it is when you are there that you truly get to admire the fantastic steel structure. I love beautiful architecture and this is something that I will never forget.

Entrance includes the visit to the top of the tower and the museum. Loved going up the angular lift and is a first  for me. Once you are at the top, you have 360 degree views of Oslo. On one side is the city and the other side is where the agricultural farms are and what a contrast it is!

Entrance is NOK 130. Visited with 24 hour Oslo pass.

Parliament of Norway

I can imagine how centrally located this is. Very close to Stortiget station, it not only beautiful but is very accessible. You can get up close to the main entrant and the whole building.

Unfortunately due to a mixup I couldn’t visit this lovely building but on Saturdays they offer free guided tours which should not be missed (in winter its on saturdays, but in summer its on all weekdays). Please check in advance if you’d like to visit

Entrance is free!

Oslo City Museum

Located very close to Vigeland sculpture park, this small but intimate museum offers historical views of Oslo. Details are fascinating which includes items from the past. Loved the old pieces on display.

As I mentioned, its a small museum so you don’t need much time. If you are in the area, I’d recommend a visit specially since its free. They have wifi and a cafe which is great 🙂

Entrance is free!

Interculture museum

Another small and intimate museum which offers exhibitions ranging from small artists to themes around immigration and civil rights. When I visited, they had 2 amazing exhibitions which opened my eyes and learn that some refugees lived in refugee camps for more than 50 years which is sad.

Entrance is free.

Munch museum

Munch museum is supposed to be extraordinary place which is dedicated to Edvard Munch and his lifes’ work. This is one place I had high hopes for but when I visited, they were busy preparing for a new exhibition. Therefore most of his work has been taken away and only less that 20 paintings were on show. Entrance was free due to this fact which is quite disappointing specially since I have purchased an Oslo card to cover the entry fee.

They are re-opening a new exhibition as of 6th May.

Visiting the museums for free?

Well, it is possible. When I visited the tourist information centre on a Sunday, they had a special day pass which was free. Most of the Oslo attractions are included in this pass and best of all transport is included. So if you plan on doing some sightseeing, please plan ahead. And if you are here on a Sunday, please check at the tourist information centre and ask if they have a free pass for the day. They open late on Sunday and so are the museums 🙂

I visited Viking ship museum, Fram museum and National gallery on a Sunday with my free pass.

I will cover the next set of items in my next post. 

Lofoten Islands

Should you bother? Yes, you should!

My experience was certainly mixed and by the end of it, I would highly recommend taking a trip to Lofoten islands.

Landscapes are magical and none that I have encountered anywhere else before. I would say its a mix between Swiss mountains and New Zealand scenery so it is very beautiful and majestic.

Main reason to get here is for hiking. There isn’t much info available when in town so be prepared and plan well ahead!

How to get there

Best and only way to get to Loften islands is to take a ferry. I have taken the Moskenes ferry from Bodo. Lofoten ferries are operated by Torghatten Nord. Timetable varies between summer and winter, and by each day. It is highly recommended you check the ferry times before taking the plunge.

Ferry times are certainly odd and none that can be taken to suit a day tripper easily. My ferry departed at 0015 hours and arrived at 0330 hours at Moskenes. 

Accommodation

If you arrive in the wee hours of the morning just like me, I highly recommend you book a place for to crash for a couple of hours. I didn’t take the trip seriously and had nothing booked which meant I was outdoors in the freezing cold arctic temperatures from 0330 in the morning. My fingers were frozen and I realise I had done a big mistake. I could have been dead by the time anything opened!

Having learnt my lesson, I would definitely book something well ahead even if its a day just so you don’t have to freeze outside. 

Googling places to stay in town doesn’t come up with much but there are certainly a number of places available certainly around Å town. There were at least 5 places and if you look in Google maps, you can see most of these places. So please do take in some time and book a place to get some much needed rest before you explore.

What to see

Landscape in Lofoten islands are dramatic. They rise high above the seas and is always snow covered giving them them a majestic look. Just look at them…

Picture perfect

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There are a number of small villages, rather towns, scattered along the pointy edge of the archipelago Å being the final village at the pointy edge. Å generally has more accommodation than other areas from what I have seen but I could be wrong :). 

There are 2 museums in the village. As a result of my early arrival in the town and being exhausted, I skipped them in search of more memorable landscapes. Past the car park area, there is a small trail to the right to go up a mountain and I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone. This is an easy hike for everyone and provides great views of the town. Further up, you can get close to the water with even more beautiful views.

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Sørvågen has more options around shops (for quick stop grocery shops) and a restaurant Maren Anna which I had the opportunity to have lunch. If you have the time I highly recommend going there for a meal as I had the best soup in my life! 

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There is always interesting architecture around. I especially like the houses both small and big and always had something interesting about them.

Further up, Moskenes area doesn’t really have much to offer but you can admire the port and the small lighthouses. It is always beautiful coming down from Sørvågen area. Coming down the mountain, you can also see where the seagulls nest which I think everyone misses as they drive.

On the other side of Moskenes is the gorgeous town of Reine which I found impressive against the sleepy snow capped giants. I envy those live around here for having such natural in their back garden! Walk up to Reine passes 2 vehicle tunnels where the pedestrians have a separate path, a scenic path outside of the tunnel with amazing expansive views. 

As I was hiking most of the day, Reine had been the last town I visited and I am glad that was the last as I now carry great moments thanks for Reine and its sleepy giants. 

Planning

If anyone is plan on visiting, I strongly advise that you plan ahead whether its a day trip or couple of days. It also depends on whether you want to get close to nature with hiking or just walk around. 

Most important thing is to check the ferry times. This is not meant to help tourists, especially day trippers as they have weird arrival and departure times. As mentioned earlier. times vary by day and getting there at 0330 hours does not help anyone, so book some accommodation and get some much needed sleep before anything.

Plan where you want to start your trip and whether you want to walk everywhere or get in by car. Hiring a car would be the most practical approach and easy to get around. I don’t recommend walking but of course you can just like I did 🙂

Happy travels!

 

Experience Maldive village life

Maldives is an absolutely stunning country in the Indian ocean. It is made up of thousands of tiny coral islands which creates gorgeous sandy beaches and is the main attraction.

I grew up in Sri Lanka (Maldives closest neighbor), but getting to Maldives never crossed my mind. General itinerary with Maldives is that you book an expensive resort, stay for a number of days. But this isn’t why I wanted to get there. I wanted to see the real Maldives. One that doesn’t exist to the outside world.

While researching, I came across a new guesthouse located in a ‘village island’, meaning where the locals live (compared to islands that only consist of a resort) and is located in island of Dhiffushi, north of Male’.

Why stay in a village island?

Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted the ‘authentic’ Maldivian experience, plus I didn’t want to pay big bucks to get away from the capital and see it all in its rustic and natural setting. Price you pay to stay in a village setting is cheap as chips compared to a resort but the experience is unforgettable…

Where is it and how to get there?

Dhiffushi is about 2.5 hours by local ferry and I highly recommend you take this slow but more relaxed mode of transportation to experience how the locals do it, and if you want to save the cost of an expensive speed boat ride which can be pretty taxing.

Local ferry departs from Villingili Ferry terminal on the eastern side of the Male’ island. Ferry cost about 20 rufiya which is great and leaves in the afternoon around 2-2.30pm.

Tip: No one in the main airport ferry terminal knows about the ferry to Dhiffushi so asking them will be a waste of time. I’d recommend get to Villingili ferry terminal early, purchase your ticket and then sit in one of the many chairs available in the reception hall under a fan to cool down.

Accommodation

Happy Life Maldives Guesthouse is not a resort, but a smaller lodge style accommodation located in a picturesque corner of the island. They have direct access to the beach where even the local congregate in the evenings.

Lodge is a short stroll from where the ferry arrives and a staff member was there to pick me up. It is a nice small place and has coral sand in the main restaurant area (lovely). Reception area is quite open so you don’t really feel the heat. Nonetheless the fans will help anyone during the day!

Rooms were impeccable, given that I was the only one to enjoy the very big room which usually accommodates 3 people. It was fun! Bathroom was spotless and I admired the whole room setting. Only downside to the room was the tiny staircase which is quite steep and the lack of views from the 3 windows (yes 3!). Room was air conditioned and is great to avoid the day time heat.

Hapy Life is very close to the beach, although you cannot consider it as a beach-front property. Price I paid included meals and was well worth it. Food prepared by staff was tasty and I certainly did like the authentic and rustic meals. If you need more, you can always head to the numerous local cafes and have some hedhikka like I did (I had more than enough). I even bought some local dried fish and ‘mas mirus’ (a local chillie paste equivalent) to take home. Yum!

Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats
Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats
Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats
Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats
Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats
Hedhikka, Maldivian Short-eats

Beach nearest to the lodge is excellent with crystal clear waters and you can just lay in the beach and admire the view. It is great for snorkeling too if you can as you can see some small fish around. I was able to see baby shark very close to the beach.

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Views out to sea
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Views to Meeru Island resort
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Relaxing…
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Sunset

You can also borrow the kayak and go around the Island or close to Meeru Island resort.

Local women usually hang around the beach during the evening and clean it so its always clean.

The Island

Once you’re in the island, you have the same rights as a local and are free to walk around this island. You can see people going about their daily routines whether it be fishing or boat repairs or even lazing about doing nothing.

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Island architecture and sandy streets
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Coral buildings

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Things to do

Hassan, the local manager at Happy Life is awesome. He was more than happy to arrange anything I wanted to do in the island like fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, etc. Unfortunately I was too scared to go fishing at night so I had to give it a miss which I regret to this day… If I can go back in time, I’d do it in the blink of an eye.

If you prefer to go back to Male’ by a speed boat, ask Hassan about the Sun Island resort speed boat service which would be cheaper. I decided to take this option as leaving around 5am in the morning by local ferry that takes 2.5hours is not worth it. (especially if you did it once!)

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are best for a view

Hotel: Happy Life Maldives Guesthouse

Where: Dhiffushi, Maldives

Room Type: Standard Double

When: December, 2012

Booked direct with the hotel

Glow Worm Tunnel, Newnes, Wollemi National Park

Glow Worm Tunnel located in Wollemi National Park, NSW is a disused railway tunnel used in early 1900’s. Since abandoning, it has been taken over by tiny worms which produces a bio-luminescent light.

Following is a short article on how best to get there and what to expect.

Location

Located in Newnes within Wollemi national park its located in the middle of nowhere!

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How to get there

There are a number of ways you can get to the tunnel. From my experience, the best way to get there is from Lithgow, driving to the starting point of tunnel with 1 km hike from the start.

Road from Clarence to the tunnel is long and rugged. If you don’t have a 4 wheel drive, trip can feel long and hard with a lot of pot holes on the way. It took 1.5 hours for us to drive from the main turn off point in Clarence to the tunnel entrance driving through the unsealed road.

Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence
Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence

Although rugged, its very scenic!

Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence
Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence

Best way to approach the glow worm tunnel

Best route to take to the tunnel (if you’re driving) is to take the road from Lithgow.

Why? This road has the least amount of unsealed road. Therefore, the drive up to the tunnel will be a much comfortable drive if you’ve got kids. Will be better for adults too!

From Lithgow, its a 1 hr drive (one way) compared to the longer drive from Clarence (because the road is bad).

Starting point
Starting point

How much time do you need

This place needs more of your attention. Walk up to the cave is beautiful and you will pass a water pool (not sure how to actually get there), a small bridge and stairs. Return trip to the tunnel and back will take about 1.5 hours return (taking it slow and absorbing the whole experience).

Bridge crossing on the way to the tunnel
Bridge crossing on the way to the tunnel
Stairs
Stairs
Water pool
Water pool

What’s there?

Well, what else are you here for? You have reached your destination, the glow worm tunnel!

South entrance to the tunnel
South entrance to the tunnel

(Photo below is from the north entrance)

North entrance to the tunnel
North entrance to the tunnel

When you are there, please take extra time to let your eyes adjust to the minimal light conditions. Doing so will ensure you get to see the amazing experience you are here for, the glow worms!

You will not see them immediately. But having your eyes adjust to the lighting, you will start to see more and more of them with increasing frequency. From my experience, you see more on the way back to the start of the south entrance of the cave than walking to the north entrance.

When you are there…

Please take extra precautions if you have kids. Always carry a torch (per person) as there are no lights within the tunnel. Don’t scream or should which increases the experience for you and for others around you. Hiking boots are recommended if you have them as the road to and inside the tunnel can be slippery.

Other resources: http://www.infobluemountains.net.au/rail/upper/glow_worm.htm

My favourite Sri Lankan curries and short eats

I miss Sri Lanka a lot. So every chance I get to try some Sri Lankan food, it takes me back home. The taste, smell, texture is unforgettable.

Following is a list of my favourite Sri Lankan foods.

Lets dance and have Kottu

Kottu is short for ‘Kottu Roti’ and is absolutely my favourite thing to eat. Whether in Sri Lanka or Sydney, I always get a chance to have some Kottu whenever I want.

Kottu is made with chopped up parata or plain roti mixed with all sorts of vegetables, meat and curry sauce. There’s a huge variety of Kottu’s available, from vegetable kottu’s, cheese kottu, meat kottu and even seafood kottu’s! Essential ingredients remain the same and you add whatever you wish to have in it and personalise. Isn’t that a great idea?

Pleasure of eating a Kottu is one thing. You gotta listen to how its done to get the whole experience…

This makes me wanna dance. Don’t you?

I find the Kottu mix varies from chef to chef as they find their own way and to make it special. Some tend to be just the roti, veggies and meat without the curry sauce and other add a lot more curry sauce to it, even cashew nuts just like the one I found in Christchurch by Ceylon Kitchen.

Kottu Rotti by Ceylon Kitchen, Christchurch New Zealand
Kottu Rotti by Ceylon Kitchen, Christchurch New Zealand

Not sure where to find Kottu in Sydney? Try Janani in Strathfield South or Kammadhenu in Newtown.

Kiri Bath (Milk Rice)

A traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice (white or red) where ‘Kiri’ means ‘Milk’ and ‘Bath’ (pronounced ‘Buth’) means ‘Rice’.

Kiri Bath has become the most common dish among Sri Lankan’s made for special occasions including weddings and on new years day. It is prepared by cooking rice with milk, typically coconut milk.

Once cooked and set, cut into diamond shaped pieces where you can serve it easily. See the photo.

Kiri Bath
Kiri Bath

Kiri Bath is typically served with a couple of curries including a meat or a fish curry (fish being the preferred curry for new years), pol sambal (sambol) or lunu miris (a spicier version and bit wetter version of pol sambal).

You can even have it with some sugar making it a sweeter version.

Here’s a what we did for Sinhalese new year celebrations at home. Isn’t this lovely?

Kiri bath made for Sinhalese and Tamil New Year
Kiri bath made for Sinhalese and Tamil New Year (Photo courtesy of Charini Rodrigo)

Planning on making some Kiri Bath? Here’s a quick recipe http://www.srilankacooking.com/2009/03/milk-rice-kiri-bath.html. Let me know how you went.

Chinese Rolls

Chinese? Well, this isn’t anything got to do with the origins but simply a means of what it is called. Sri Lankan style ‘rolls’ are completely different to what a traditional Chinese Roll in that the filling is covered in a pancake, coated with egg then breadcrumbs and deep fried. Sounds yum, yea?

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Like Kottu, filling can be just a vegetarian mixture or with meat. Sri Lankans generally use canned salmon as the meat option, but you can have chicken, beef or pork. Seafood mixes are also possible, but I’ve never come across it or heard of it being made. Let me know if you’ve had something else in the fillings.

I remember when I was young, my grandmother taking me to a take-away restaurant in Colombo where we’d have rolls and an iced coffee.

Have you had Chinese Rolls? Both Janani and Kammadhenu offer Chinese rolls. Or try this recipe by Whimsical Chef.

Pol Roti (Coconut Roti)

Similar to a thick tortilla, it is made with freshly grated coconut, white flour and water (plus salt). It is available at most road side shops throughout the day but is mainly consumed for breakfast or dinner.

Best way to enjoy some pol roti is to have it with a curry and some lunu miris. My favourite!

Does this make you moth watering?

I’ve made roti a couple of times and is quite an involved process. It is not easy to find fresh coconut in a big city so you can swap out it with desiccated coconut.

Tip: Add some hot water and milk to let the desiccated coconut re-hydrate before mixing.

I also remember having special pol roti with green chillies in it. That was the best I’ve had!

Here’s a quick video on how to make a few types of roti…

Rice and Curry

There’s nothing more common in Sri Lanka than a plate of rice and curry. It is available everywhere at any time of day and is the staple food preferred by young and old, rich and poor and is not to be missed if you are in Sri Lanka. During the week, packets of rice and curry (lunch packets) are sold for as little as Rs 100 and grabbed by hungry office workers. Past 1pm, you’d be lucky if there’s any left.

You normally get a plate of rice piled with a few vegetable curries and a choice of meat or fish curry including dhal curry. Some places also offer red rice which is a healthier version than the standard white rice option. I used to have fried rice as an option which also comes with chilly paste. Depending on where you get it, rice packets or plate will also come with papadam (or papadum), fried maldive (dried) fish and fried dry red chillies.

I had this yummy rice and curry plate from Ceylon Kitchen.

Plate of rice and curry by Ceylon Kitchen, Christchurch
Plate of rice and curry by Ceylon Kitchen, Christchurch

I can’t get enough of rice and curry. Have you tried any Sri Lankan curries?

Yellow Rice

Another favourite is the yellow rice where the rice is actually yellow. Turmeric powder added during the cooking process makes the rice yellow and typically uses the white rice type. Optionally there would also be raisins and cashew nuts making it extra special.

Not all curries go with the yellow rice. A typical set of curries done by my mother includes chicken curry, tempered potato curry with onions (dry curry), papadam and fried bitter gourd and onion salad. Yum!

Yellow rice and curry
Yellow rice and curry (Photo credit Whimsical Chef)

Like Kiri Bath, this is also made on special occasions or days and we used to have on weekends as a family meal. You can also have fish curry but I think chicken or beef curry goes very well with yellow rice.

Not all Sri Lankan restaurants offer yellow rice as an option and requires pre-ordering. So if you plan on having some do check their menu online. Kammadhenu offers an Indian version of yellow rice.

Here’s an easy recipe for you to try http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5112/yellow-rice

Cutlets

A popular tea time (I’d have this anytime of day) savoury snack and is available at most mid to up-market take-away places in major cities. It is also a very popular party time snack.

Cutlets are very much like arancini balls without the rice in it and filled with a typical mixture of fish and potatoes. I hate making cutlets as it takes a lot of prep time but boy don’t I like the finished product. Its relative size makes it easier to eat in one mouth full so they disappear fast from the table.

Here’s what my brother-in-law prepared some time back.

Feeling like some yet? Try it yourself… http://www.whimsicalchef.com/2015/01/24/sri-lankas-yummiest-snack-cutlets/ or head to Janani (if you’re in Sydney).

Maalu Paan (Fish Buns)

Another popular and available anywhere-anytime short-eat is the mighty fish bun. Its a dough based triangle shaped bread with a yummy fish and potato mixture inside. Served hot, you could have this for breakfast or dinner or lunch!

I still remember having a couple of these after school on the way home. If not fish buns, it was vegetable roti 🙂

My brother-in-law is an expert fish bun maker! I’d employ him just to have some more made just like these…

Home-made Sri Lankan fish buns
Home-made Sri Lankan fish buns

Mostly available from the ubiquitous Sri Lankan street vendors, best way to enjoy it is over sunset with a cuppa.

Vegetable Roti

Somewhat similar to a fish bun, vegetable roti is also in the shape of a triangle (or sometimes rectangular) but instead of being a dough based bun, the mostly vegetable mixture is wrapped in a thin roti similar to an Indian parata.

Sri Lankan style vegetable roti
Sri Lankan style vegetable roti

I can’t remember making these at home, but very clearly remember having them on the way from school. I can easily have about 3 in one go.

Want to make some and invite me?

String Hoppers (Indi-appa / Idiyappam)

What in the world is this? Another famous and versatile dishes, string hoppers are made from rice flour pressed into thin noodle form (strings) and later steamed which effectively becomes the edible form. Not sure where the word hoppers came to be as the traditional word doesn’t translate to either of these words.

It goes well with any curry, specially dhal and chicken or fish curry and is usually available for breakfast and dinner. There is nothing wrong with having this for lunch but it is unlikely you’d find anywhere offering string hoppers for lunch.

We used to make them every week at home for dinner.

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Home-made string hoppers with pol sambol, fish curry and potato curry
Home-made string hoppers with pol sambol, fish curry and potato curry

Thanks to my adventurous brother-in-law, we get to try a lot of Sri Lankan dishes in Sydney. All I have to do is rock up. Thanks Dilshan!

Why don’t you try and make some with this recipe http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/string-hoppers-kiri-hodi

Pittu

One of the best memories I have with pittu is that when I was little, we had pittu for breakfast at my grandparents place. It was like a ritual that in the mornings, I would go to the next door small shop and buy them for all of us. Back home, we’d have and kiri hodi, which is coconut milk gravy lightly cooked with some spices. It was a basic curry, but yum.

Sri Lankan Pittu with curries
Sri Lankan Pittu with curries

Pittu also goes well with any meat curries and adding some lunu miris will make it even better!

Want some kiri hodi? Read more at http://foodcnr.com/kiri-hodi-basic-sri-lankan-curry-with-coconut-milk/

Pittu isn’t the easiest to make, but if you are feeling adventurous you can give it ago. Here’s a quick recipe http://www.infolanka.com/recipes/mess1/72.html

Janani offers a range of pittu based dishes if you are in Sydney.

Feeling the heat?

Why not cool down with some King Coconut water?

#kingcoconut from the #pearl of the Indian ocea #srilanka

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Enjoyed the list? Leave a comment below or share your experience with Sri Lankan food.