Lamprais ("lump rice")
If you didn’t know Sri Lanka was a tropical country (and a stunning one at that), then this rice-in-a-banana-leaf delicacy will make it clear. It’s an all-in-one meal, prepared with all your Sri Lankan basics, such as curried vegetables, spices like cinnamon, lemongrass, and cardamom, and rice. And though meat is no protagonist in Sri Lankan cuisine, chicken is a consistent ingredient in lamprais. All components are packed into a single banana leaf, where they continue to cook and mix together in a fragrant wonder that unveils its mouth-watering delights upon opening. Like Christmas all year long.
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Michelle No is a production assistant at Thrillist, and Sri Lanka is her next food-stination. Follow her on Twitter at @Michelle_No and Instagram at @MichelleNope.