Getting the low-down on devilled chicken, kottu roti and loukoumades

Curious about donuts from other cultures? Wondering what makes Sri Lankan devilled chicken so devilish? You’ll find all the answers and more at our newest food precinct, The Flavour Institute. Before you rush over to try it all, brush up on your foodie knowledge with our guide below.

Kottu roti and Devilled Chicken from Drums Sri Lankan Food

If you haven’t had Sri Lankan street food before, prepare yourself for a meal that is generous with flavour and culinary theatrics. Sri Lankan food shares a lot of similarities with South Indian food but is generally considered a lot spicier. For a taste of the heat try Drums’ devilled chicken – grilled chicken coated in a spicy, sweet and sour tomato-based sauce. Don’t miss the kottu roti either. Roti is whipped up right in front of you, shredded, then served with chicken, goat or vegetables. In Sri Lanka, vendors serve up kottu roti on every corner, the smoky aromas and fast-paced tuttutting of their knives forming part of the rhythm of the streets.

Churros from Senor Churro

You probably know what a churro is (a delicious fried stick of dough from heaven, of course) but did you know that churros are traditionally eaten with hot chocolate for breakfast across Spain and Latin America? Bonus fun fact: one theory suggests they originate from the Chinese youtiao, a savoury, deep fried dough stick. At Senor Churro, you’ll choose from a range of indulgent sweet churro flavours including peanut butter, cookies and cream and Nutella.

Loukoumades from Honey Dee

Donut fiends, here’s another one for you to try. Greek-style donuts – aka Loukoumades – are golden, bite-sized balls of deep fried dough, traditionally drenched in honey syrup. Varieties of loukoumades date back to Ancient Greece, where, legend has it, they were served as prizes to winners at the first Olympic games. Historical evidence of their deliciousness aside, Honey Dee’s modern versions come in the classic honey flavour or loaded with your choice of the Nutella or strawberry jam. Vegetarian and vegan options are available too.

Classic homemade sweets from Sweet Forbidden Journey

Lots of us grew up loving Honey Joys but did you know that these timeless treats are uniquely Australian? The first known mention of the sweet cornflake crackles [dates back to 1938, when they were described in a Victorian Newspaper. Renee from Sweet Forbidden Journey knows that the key to an excellent dessert is a smidge of nostalgia paired with fresh ingredients and hard work in the kitchen. Renee’s popular Honey Joy and Chocolate Crackle Ice Cream Sandwiches, along with her famous milkshakes, are made from scratch – no pre-bought syrups or sauces. Renee makes a host of ice creams, sundaes, brownies and other sweets daily for Sweet Forbidden Journey. There are allergy friendly counterparts too (including vegan, gluten, nut and dairy free products) so sharing is always an option.

Find more pop up food stalls and gourmet products – plus space to relax – at The Flavour Institute. Enter via The Coffee Club and NewsXpress entrance.