Must try: Egg Hoppers, Pittu, Chicken Biryani, Chicken Kothu, Eggplant Mojju
Looking for some seriously authentic Sri Lankan eats then you must check out Spicy Lanka, a new eatery housed in Jamaica, Queens.
Pratheepan Selvachandran and his wife Marie De Silva are the owners of Spicy Lanka where their offerings are fresh, home-style Sri Lankan food that is really soul satisfying.
Just try their steamed “Pittu” which is traditionally served for breakfast, which consists of steamed cylindrical shaped ground rice layered with coconut.
Just as good are the “String Hoppers” which are made from rice flour pressed into thin noodles and then steamed. However my absolute favorites were the “Egg Hoppers” (can be eaten plain too) which are steamed fluffy pancakes made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk.
All of these standout offerings are made with red rice and accompanied by a thin coconut curry.
Aside from all of this is a menu full of deliciousness that needs to be explored. I loved all the curry dishes we tried with the “Eggplant Moju” being one of my favorites.
Their Chicken Kothu and Biryani also were absolutely outstanding. Actually to come to think of it – there wasn’t a darned thing I tried at Spicy Lanka that I didn’t love.
I know that Staten Island is the ultimate destination for authentic Sri-Lankan eats but I’m just really glad that I have something equally good closer to home!
Here is some of what we ate: