Food Culture

Food Culture

 

It’s not being at the places of interest alone that completes a successful traversing of the country. You will be missing the spirit of the essence of a visit to Sri Lanka if you do not meet and interact with the local population and savor their customs, rituals and food. Dr. Samuel Johnson, the English literary genius of the 18th century, once wrote, “Many have a foolish way of not minding what they eat. People who do not mind what they eat will hardly mind anything else”. If one is looking for a home away from home with homely comforts – why travel? Sri Lanka truly has a cosmopolitan food culture heavily influenced by her multi-ethnic population. You notice the same staple food enjoyed with diverse accompaniments in different homes according to tradition. No rural home in Sri Lanka cooks only for the occupants who would partake of the meal. There’s always the ‘Pot Luck” awaiting the unexpected guest who arrives at any meal time. Food has always featured as a major component of the Sri Lankan culture. Fa Hien the Chinese scholarly monk records that 15,000 Buddhist monks were fed daily from one kitchen in one temple in Anuradapura. No wonder the ancient kings built giant reservoirs for the production of food in the island to meet the demand for food. Food is generally prepared according to recipes handed down from one generation to another. These preparations added changes with every foreign group that landed in the island. Thus Sri Lanka become the only land in the world where you could enjoy, “Fish – Bis teak[beef steak !] ” which is stewed fish but with no beef at all in the dish. It’s a land where one could enjoy really exotic food and it’s always a fruit fiesta in this sunny island..