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Things to eat at Negombo, Sri Lanka

Negombo, a small beach town located in close proximity to the international airport has bloomed into a hippie backpacker town. The food options in this tiny relatively overlooked town is unbelievable. Don’t travel to Negombo to see the sites, but to eat at the various multi-cuisine cafes and restaurants there.

  • Chicken curry and naan

A speciality of the Muslim run restaurants in Negombo, chicken korma and naan is something which is available all day. It is worth a try if you like the basic. 

  • Prawns Kottu

Available all over Negombo, it’s a must-have if it’s your first day or the last day of the trip. Kottu is one thing which you’ll not find anywhere else, make the most of it in Sri Lanka.  

  • Mix fried rice and devil’s chicken 

Along the beach road, there is a family-run home delivery Chinese stall which sells arguably the best Chinese in terms of value of money for the quantity. A half plate is enough for 2-3 normal people and a full plate serves nearly 4-5 people. The fried rice is available in chicken, prawns, seafood and mixed variants. Going in for a mix is the best. The devil’s chicken is basically barbecue sauce used in the preparations and is a must-try. 

  • Egg rice and fish 

You’ll find this randomly sold on the road. The food is wrapped in plastic-coated paper. You might find the packaging strange, but the food inside is mouth-watering. You’ll definitely want to eat some more of this local egg rice and fish. The fish is usually tuna and blends very well with the egg rice. 

  • Local fruits 

Mangosteen is something which you must try while in Negombo. It’s easily available and is a fruit which is native to Sri Lanka. Along with this watermelon and bananas are also a must-have. Negombo being a port city is the perfect place to get a fresh supply of even fruits that are imported.

  • Calamari or shrimp in garlic sauce

Found along the beach road in Negombo, walk into any of the fancy-looking restaurants and you’ll find this on the menu. The fresh fish with the perfect blend of garlic sauce makes it an excellent choice. 

  • Sri Lankan rice and prawn curry 

The staple Sri Lanka tourist lunch. It’s basically a seafood thali that comes with dal, rice, veggies and prawn or fish curry. It’s a must-try at least once. It serves only one person but it’s the most authentic meal that Sri Lankan’s serve.  

  • Beach shack crabs 

All around the beach, you’ll find plenty of shacks which serve crabs and lobsters. Walk into anyone and you’ll walk out licking your fingers even after a wholesome meal.  

  • Pizza

How ironic to come to Sri Lanka and find pizzas on a list. The pizzas at Negombo are out of this world clay oven-fresh pizzas. Order any one from the menu in Negombo and you’ll understand why it’s made it to this list. 

  • Yogurt jelly 

Homemade yogurt jelly is easily available at all the general stores which have a fridge. It’s something which is an excellent choice for a late-night snack or post-meal digestion dessert. 

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