SpicyZest

13920 Josey Lane
Farmers Branch, TX

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  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
If you’ve not yet tried the food at Texas' only Sri Lankan restaurant, expect a cuisine that is frequently spicy, as the restaurant’s name suggests. Sweet and sour flavors are often paired, and chili peppers can be combined with fruit or honey. The cuisine has some elements in common with India, Sri Lanka’s neighbor 40 miles to the north — biryani is served — but don’t expect a list of typical Indian dishes. Consider ordering kottu, a stir-fry of meat, carrots, onions and greens with thin slices of flatbread mixed in, looking more like noodles turned deep yellow by spices. The dish comes with your choice of a range of meats; mutton kottu is especially savory and especially good. Fried rice and fried noodles both appear on the menu; the fried noodles are a mound of thin, angel-hair-like noodles stir fried with veggies and, again, your choice of protein. An even simpler-sounding dish, rice and curry with veggies, offers a good mash of split peas, a parsley salad and sliced, curried snake gourd, a tasty vegetable that looks like green bell peppers on the plate but at the farm looks truly wild — long, twisting, pointy-ended gourds dangling off trellises.

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