05 November 2012

Sri Lankan Food Bar ~ Homebush


A quick trip to Sri Lanka has left us obsessed with Sri Lankan street food. How lucky we are that we can find the real deal  in Sydney.





At the first chance we get after our trip we head west to Flemington for some curry and rice at Mithu's, then we waddle over to Homebush to get some Sri Lankan takeaway for dinner. Sri Lankan Food Bar is a takeaway only joint. There's a big range of short eats (deep fried spicy snacks), curries and sweets. You can also get some staples such as hoppers in the fridge. We're quite enamoured with the veggie curries in the bainmarie, we'll be back to work our way through these babies.



This 'lump rice' is very similar to takeaway 'packets' that are everywhere in Sri Lanka. A mound of rice, tempered with spices, with a range of tasty bits on top. This one has chicken, eggplant curry, potato curry, fried fish cake, boiled egg, banana chips and coconut sambal. It's fancier than the ones we had in Sri Lanka but we ain't complaining. Highly recommended. About $10.



These lump rice dishes seem to be commercially prepared, looking forward to trying more.



Classic street snacks from Sri Lanka, we saw these everywhere. The fried rolls are kind of like spicy Sri Lankan chiko rolls. The round things are made of lentils and seem very plain at first, but there's different spices and flavours in nearly every mouthful. We've seen these with lovely green curry leaves or prawns cooked into them.



Big ball actually came from Mithu's: a plain doughy ball with a sweet crunchy crust. The little balls are from Sri Lankan Food Bar. We don't know what they are called but they are like chewy balls of halva, bitter at first bite, but with a sweet after kick.

Sri Lankan Food Bar is at 42 Burlington Road, Homebush, a couple of doors down from Janani.

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12 comments:

  1. How interesting that the lump rice is prepackaged! I've yet to try Sri Lankan cuisine and it looks lovely (:

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  2. This sounds like its worth treking to Homebush for. Really love the blog.

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    1. It is really worth the trek to either Homebush or Flemington (West Homebush). Not only is there great Sri Lankan food, the Vietnamese is spot on too. So much closer for inner westies like us too.

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    2. Another good suburb for Sri Lankan is Pendle Hill, quite a few Indian and Sri Lankan joints around the station.

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  3. I had Sri Lankan food for the first time yesterday. It was soo good. I guess it isn't that popular here in Berlin cause I haven't seen it at many other places, but i will start looking now I guess. Nice blogg!

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    1. Wow, so glad you liked it, where did you find it in Berlin? We've always wanted to go there and try the currywurst all the Turkish food (oh, and German food as well!)Now it seems we can have some Sri Lankan as well.

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    2. It is actually not spelt 'Lump Price' but actually 'Lampraise' as lump price is the anglocised corruption of the name of the food. Also the large ball is called 'Vaipan'. This is made from batter with banana, so having a banana flavour.

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    3. Thanks for the description of the traditional name. It does say 'lump rice' on the packet (not lump price) so we'll just stick with that.

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    4. Lampraise as its spelt usually is essentially " a lump of rice" . As with most English spelling of non western stuff there is no " official" spelling unlike in their language if origin. Lumprise is Anglo/ Dutch take on Sri Lankan cooking. Hence they named it a lump of rice.
      Some of the best Sri Lankan food I have eaten is on Paris n London. Behind gar du nord stAtion is la chapelle - little jaffna if mainly Sri Lankan tamil and South Indian Tamils from Pondicherry. So many yummy eateries cheek by Jowl.
      In Berlin a few too. In London soooo mAny. If you go there let me know. Due to the civil war many Sri Lankan Tamils are in most European cities and they have their restsurents too
      Cheers for your blog

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  4. Thankyou, just got back from Sri Lanka with coconut scaper in tow, and desperate to find some curry and rice, toddling off there right now!

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    1. Ooo you should make some coconut sambal, it's so addictive. How did you get the wooden bit thorough customs? I'm always so reluctant to bring back things with wood.

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