Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pan Asian: Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry) — Sri Lanka

Why re-invent the wheel? This is by far the most comprehensive recipe I have seen online for Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry). Great for breakfast with pol roti or string hoppers.

This is usually cooked with tuna but you can use any fish – preferably a non-flaky robust meaty fish.

Rice & Curry

today’s lunch: fish ambul thiyal, pol (coconut) roti, and a Sri Lankan salad

While trying to figure out what recipe to make for the next episode of Pan Asian, a look at my blog statistics told me that many people were checking out an older post for the above dish, Fish Ambul Thiyal. Like coconut sambol, paripu, and cashew curry, Ambul Thiyal is one of those defining dished of Sri Lankan cuisine–because no other cultures have it. Perhaps it’s because one of the dish’s main ingredients, goraka or gamboge, is not found in too many other places besides Sri Lanka. This orange fruit, which resembles a tiny, shriveled black kidney when dried, imparts a unique tartness, which balances out with the salty and spicy flavors of the dish, creating a truly amazing flavor. I’m also told its an excellent preservative, and in the days before refrigeration, using goraka in cooking…

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Video: Patrik Carrera | Muui at Funky de Bar – Hikkaduwa

This video was released yesterday (11th of September, 2014 – actual party was August 2013) by my friends at HikkaduwaNET.com . I’m giving this a really big like and have decided to share this….

  1. Because it’s really good and produced well
  2. Because Funky de Bar is awesome – it’s not just a bar, it’s also a great place on the beach during the day with a surf school and a good restaurant. The staff are lovely…I have known most of them for around 10 years 🙂 . This year also saw the addition of a Funky de Bar in Arugam Bay on the East Coast, which I have yet to visit – it’s on my list for next year!
  3. Because the tunes in it are pretty funky
  4. Because Hikkaduwa is fantastic and it is my home
  5. Because it’s Friday………..
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  6. Oh yeah…because I’m in it

Enjoy!

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