This week, the spicy and full-bodied flavors of Sri Lanka’s cuisine have permeated Lulu Hypermarkets across the Kingdom, with the best of the island nation’s goods on offer, including tea, spices, fruits and vegetables, rice and a variety of coconut products.
The “Best of Sri Lanka” festival was inaugurated at Lulu Hypermarket, located in Malaz, Riyadh on Sept. 11, by Pakeer Mohideen Amza, ambassador of Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia. Also present on the occasion were Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and other LuLu Group officials.
Through this festival, the hypermarket aims to bring alive the unique culinary heritage of Sri Lanka, which is a blend of many colonial influences — British, Dutch and Portuguese as well as pan-Asian, with Indian (especially Southern) and Indonesian influences.
The festival promotion gives shoppers a chance to stock up on top-quality spices that Sri Lanka is famed for, especially cloves, pepper and cinnamon, all packaged for hygiene, aroma and convenience. There is also a variety of tea and tea-based herbal infusions with turmeric, chamomile and other herbs and a range of teas from signature plantations around Sri Lanka.
Several varieties of healthy and organic coconut products — such as coconut cream, coconut milk and virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil — are available in the special deals section, while the vegetable racks are bursting with the goodness, color and juicy flavors of Sri Lankan farm produce.
“LuLu Hypermarket has brought together a rich and classic collection of the best of Sri Lankan products, and this is certainly an invitation to all shoppers to explore the taste of our country,” said Ambassador Amza. “Sri Lanka and the Arab world share a rich culinary experience, which nurtured the spice trade of olden days and is still a vibrant presence in Arab kitchens today.”
Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, thanked the Sri Lankan Embassy for their support of the festival. He added: “The food products of Sri Lanka are exotic, health-giving and unique and with the LuLu sourcing center in the country, we have a network of suppliers who give us first pick of the best on offer from there.”
We are delighted to share this bounty with our customers and explore the taste of the best of Sri Lanka.”
The festival runs until Sept. 17.