I’m pretty much an expat. When I tell people that I live in Sri Lanka the unanimous reply I usually get is “Oh wow you’re so lucky!”, followed by exclamations about how wonderful it must be to live in the sunshine all year round. I’m even convinced my friends and family who know me think that I spend all my time swimming up to pool-side bars (well err… they do know me ;-)) and sipping cocktails in the sun under coconut trees. Not quite (I avoid going underneath coconut trees because falling coconuts actually injure and kill a lot of people per annum in this country!). No – I actually spend most of my time inside under the fan working alone making my living just as others do.
Don’t get me wrong living in Sri Lanka is great but there are drawbacks too. The main one is missing family and friends back home and for me a close second second is food-sickness…not of the poisoning kind no, but missing food from back home, cheese in particular.
“That’s not so bad” I hear you shout. Yes I know I can order things from the internet or take a weekly trip to Colombo to shop but frankly because of the import prices and a 50% chance of your parcel ending up with your neighbours, the postman, at the other end of country or in your dog before you get home we just don’t do it.
Anyway this means us expats are always on the look out for foreign goods to buy (or make) to make our lives even better than it already is. In my home town of Aluthgama we are extremely luckly to have the wonderful Mr. Nishan Fernando in our lives. He owns and runs the Nebula Supermarket (which also has it’s own Facebook page) and goes abroad once a year to source any products that the expat community desire. In return his many friends and expats bring things back for him too.
The spacious and friendly supermarket stocks everything but is famous all over Sri Lanka for stocking German and other European products that are difficult to find elsewhere on the island, such as German pate, Dutch mayonnaise, Collmans mustard from the UK and countless other things you may miss whilst you are in Sri Lanka.
Specific German & UK products currently stocked are:
Leberwurst (liver pate) – this is one of the absolute best-sellers and great on crackers
Schinkenwurst (pork sausage)
Bierwurst (beer sausage)
Dr.Oetker pudding mix
Collmans English mustard
Rotkohl (pickled red cabbage)
Pickled onions, gherkins, capers etc.
Weinsauerkraut (Wine sauerkraut)
Weisswurst (white sausage, white pudding)
Campbells condensed soups
Fleisch suppe. (canned meat soups & soup powders)
Delikatess sauce zum braten (gravy powders & spice mixes)
BISTO gravy granules
Maggi and Knorr Fix products
Bitter aus krautern (Salad mixes)
Tandil washing powder (German washing powder)
Sil (German detergent)
Teppichreiniger (German cleaner)
Salt sticks, crisps, chips & chocolates
Fresh brown bread, baguettes and buns
And MUCH more…..