To get some of the best Sri Lankan food in L.A., you need to get to Baja Sub. Wait — what? There's a logical explanation, though. Baja Sub was already established in the community when a Sri Lankan owner took over, and he simply added Sri Lankan items to the existing Mexican menu. Baja Sub serves burritos, carne asada and other Mexican food, but it's the Sri Lankan items you should order here. An island nation located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a unique cuisine, which is often quite spicy. The spicy fare includes kottu roti, a stir-fry of roti bread chopped with vegetables, egg and/or meat and spices, mixed and re-chopped. There's also a great biryani available only on weekends. Among the other items featured are a curry of the day and malu paan, buns filled with a mixture of potatoes, onions, chilies, chili powder, curry powder, curry leaves, spices and either chicken or fish.
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