The family bringing Sri Lankan food to East London


Kottu Lanka

(Founder of Kottu Lanka Mahen Perera, left. Shanti Perera, right)

Sri Lankan food has been tipped as this year’s top food trend and the BBC’s Good Food Guide has praised market stall Kottu Lanka as one to try.

It’s run by Mahen Perera and his Uncle Shanti. Two years ago, Mahen was on holiday in Sri Lanka with some friends from the UK – when he saw how blown-away they were by the flavours being served there, the seed of an idea began to grow.

He said; “When we got home to London, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. One evening I started sketching a logo and it looked cool, so I showed it to a company and asked them to polish it. The logo was created before anything else.

“Then I made a website and at that point I decided to make some recipes. I spent four months cooking – making K