What is your favourite street food? Part 13

Appam, Sri Lanka street food

Continuing my series on What is your favourite street food?

Sri Lanka

There are a number of popular street food items that are popular among locals and tourists.

Shrimp Fritter / Isso Vadai

Prawn vadai isso- Sri Lanka street food
KANDY: Prawn Vadai ( Isso)
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Made with channa dhal oil cakes and shrimps.

Serve this with a dab of lime juice or chopped onions.


Made with Godambha roti (a type of flatbread/roti made with flour, oil, water & egg). Shredded roti is combined with vegetables, egg, meat, spices and gravy.


Mostly made with fruits such as mango, olives, ambarella, pineapple, guava.

This is a pickled snack that contains chillies, vinegar, salt.


This coined word is referred to as snacks in Sri Lanka. Mostly crumbled and deep fried items as shown in the photos.

The fillings usually consist of canned tuna/mackerel, egg, meat/chicken combined with tempered potato, onions and chillies.

The names of the short eats: cutlets(round shaped ones), patties (half-moon shaped ones), rolls (cylinder shaped ones), samosa –originated from India (triangular-shaped ones)

Hoppers also know as Appa / Appam

This is a very crispy bowl-shaped thin pancake made with a fermented rice flour batter. In Sri Lanka, this is served mostly as a savoury dish and consumed mainly for breakfast and dinner.

Appam, Sri Lanka street food
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It’s common to add an egg and consume it as an egg hopper with condiments such as “lunu miris” – chillies and onion paste or with a hot curry.

Recently the big hotels and restaurants have taken these hoppers to the next level by adding various ingredients such as cheese, chopped onions, bell pepper to the batter and serving with tempered prawns etc.

Even though hoppers are common in all parts of Sri Lanka, variations of hoppers are found in India, mainly in Kerala and also in some parts of Malaysia.

So, what is your favourite SriLankan #streetfood?

8 Replies to “What is your favourite street food? Part 13”

  1. Sri Lanka has been one of my favourite destinations over the years. I remember my first trip to Galle. That was when I first started my travel related job. I was in Colombo for a few days and decided to take a train trip to Galle. I fell in love with Sri Lanka and that love affair has gotten stronger over the years. I love the street food, the well maintained trains and train stations from colonial times, the beauty of the rural areas. The cleanliness, the lovely people. I could write a book.

    1. Sri Lanka is awesome and so is their street food. The train journeys are real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes, the wonderful journey from Colombo to Kandy and up into Tea Country and the coastal train ride from Colombo to Dutch colonial Galle. Sri Lanka is one of my favourite destinations too, Louise.

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