Sri Lankan groceries/restaurants
I'm looking for Sri Lankan food. Where can I go to get authentic meals, and then where can I go to get the groceries to make these meals at home? Specifically I'm looking for a place to buy Sri Lankan Sambhol (which seems to me to be quite different than Thai sambol), and a place to get Coconut and Kithul treacle. I have no idea what Kithul is. Please educate me.
I too was going to say Rashnaa. They're at Parliament and Wellesley and deliver to a huge area. I've eaten their stuff maybe 20 times and all but one was great, so they're quite consistent as well.
They don't have coconut and kithul treacle (never heard of it before), so you're out of luck for that one with them!
There are a bunch of places along Lawrence and Eglinton in Scarborough - mainly in strip malls. I don't know the names but I often stop in at these places to buy bags of 'short eats' when heading out of town. You would be able to get Watalappan (treacle) there. (I've only eaten it in Sri Lanka and it's incredible.)
What area are you looking in? There's a really good Sri Lankan takeout place at McCowan and Lawrence called Babu Catering (it's a little hidden, in the back of a business park) but it's incredibly popular.
Sri Lankan sambol is easy to make at home - all you need is a blender and the following:
-couple handfuls fresh grated coconut (you can also buy it frozen and just thaw it out, but don't use the dessicated kind!)
-3-4 fresh green or dried red chillies
-a small red onion
-6-7 curry leaves (you can leave this one out if you don't have it)
-small spoonful of dried fish (this is a traditional ingredient but one that many Sri Lankans will exclude, but I'm pretty sure you can substitute sardines if you'd like?)
That should make enough for about 2 people and I think most of the ingredients are available at any Asian grocer.
Just grind everything up to a fine consistency in the blender and then add a little water if you'd like it to be more runny/moist, and there you go!
Not certain if it still bears the same name, but I think that it's Ambal Trading Company, east side of Parliament St just south of Wellesley. Interestingly, they carry diabetic-friendly preserves. I guess that diabetes is a problem in the Sri Lankan community.
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I just tried Hopper Hut for the first time. I was stuffed silly by the mutton lamprie for $8.00. Great value for 5 different dishes, plus a boiled egg, on a pile of rice and wrapped in a banana leaf. It was messy eating, but I loved the texture of the short grain rice they used.
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