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Sri Lankan-style street food in the LES at Kottu House

I have never had Sri Lankan food before (that I know of), but after reading about the KOTTU HOUSE as #3 on Eater’s 15 Hottest Cheap Eats Restaurants list I decided to give it a try with their intriguingly good-sounding menu and excitement of never having before experienced the island nation’s cuisine. Also, the excursion made for a perfect “LOOP MONDAYS” adventure (although, technically every day is a Loop day, all things considered).

So first things first before we dive into the gloriousness that is all of the photos from Kottu House: Sri Lankan food vocabulary that you must know:

Godamba Roti: Sri Lankan flat bread made with wheat flour
Kottu: A style of cooking usually with godamba roti where everything is chopped together. Also spelled Kothu Curry Sauces: A variation of spices and curry leaves roasted and grinded together
Lentils: It’s an edible grain, a lot like a green pea. Rich in protein
Sambol: Traditional condiments typically made with fresh vegetables or fruits
Minchi: Sri Lankan cooking term for mint
Pol: Sri Lankan term for coconut
Lunu: Sri Lankan term for onion
Paan: Sri Lankan term for bread
Sri Lanka: Get an atlas!

Hibiscus Mint Tea lightly sweetened with dried hibiscus flower and fresh mint leaves to start:


Spicy Calamari fried then mixed with smoked paprika and Sri Lankan chili powder:


Lentil Patties with garlic, onion, and chilies fried into a patty served with veggies in a breaded roll:


An up close and personal shot of the crispy prawn from the Kottu:


Pt. II Prawn Kottu:

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.