String Hopper…Sorry, I Just Like Saying That


So, I had Sri Lankan food for the first time at Sigiri the other night and came to the following conclusions:

1) Sri Lankan food does not taste like Indian food as someone had suggested to me.

2) It really reminded me of comfort food.

3) It soaks up alcohol really well because I drank for 8 hours that night and remember everything!

4) It’s really, really good.

As per Jax, a friend of mine who I found on Craig’s list when I realized that I had no Sri Lankan friends and must get one, we had ordered the following:

-Kotthu Roti (chopped up pancake and fried rice)

-Stringhopper Kotthu (light noodles and fried rice)

-Stringhoppers (light noodles)

-Chicken curry (just like it sounds)

-Lumprai (rice cooked in a banana leaf with an egg in the middle)

-Pumpkin curry (seasonal)

-Dahl (lentils, puree-like)

-Grilled prawns (OK, he didn’t suggest this, but I was craving them)

-Watalappam (a spiced pudding who’s name reminds me of an oompa-loompa)

-Sri Lankan cameral pudding (AKA flan)

None of it was complicated. It was simple food, with simple ingredients that were all brought together and spiced wonderfully. Jax even reminisced about growing up with these dishes, which enforced the authenticity behind them for me. For me, since I was a virgin (ha, I said virgin) to Sri Lankan food, the best way for me to sum it up is, it reminded me of a mix of Indian, Vietnemese and Thai cuisines.

Considering the price of dinner ($22 a person) coupled with the taste and portions of everything, I will definitely be dragging some of you to go with me again.

One note: The desserts weren’t anything special, so unless you just want to say you’ve tried Watalappam, there really isn’t any need for you to get any. Though, when we went, they didn’t have banana fritters, which I find very hard to mess up, so that may have changed my mind about dessert there.

Second note: The sauce on the prawns was extremely tasty, I wanted to pour it over everything. As Fabio would say, you could spoon it over monkey ass in an empty clam shell and people would eat it.

Third note: The space is very cramped.

And fourth and fifth note by Jax: It’s BYOB but if you go next door to the little store u can get beer or at the end of the street, there is a good Spanish wine store. And if people are so inclined, at that market, you can find the rare, Sri Lankan beer called Tiger – they have lager and stout….it goes well with the food. Spice levels – mild or medium is safe – if anyone gets hot, they should be prepared. Its much spicier than Indian!!
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8 out of 10 stars

91 First Avenue,

New York, NY 10003

(between E. Fifth and E. Sixth Sts.)

Tel: (212) 614-9333

-Joyce Huang



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