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Short Summary: fact Kollam does a fine job attracting a lot many foreign and domestic self branded 'food tourists' to its several famous restaurants.
There is one factor that determines one’s worth that holds true across countries, continents and civilizations - the food you serve to your guest. No matter how beautiful the nature, how fascinating the history, how wonderful the people, one bad pie could spoil it all. And pleasing the ever hungry traveler is like making spaghetti out of hard rock, especially if it is hard to find the borders of the cuisine you offer.
Kollam wouldn’t boast of a definite, separate cuisine. But that is not to say there isn’t anything to please the palate. In fact Kollam does a fine job attracting a lot many foreign and domestic self branded ‘food tourists’ to its several famous restaurants. These restaurants are famous landmarks in Kollam and are part of the daily life. Every major town n Kollam would have one such famous hotel with a signature dish that makes it the Mecca for the local food loving population.
Kollam has a fetish for non-vegetarian food, and nowhere is it more evident than at hotel Fayalwan at Chinnakada at the heart of Kollam. The hotel has is famous for its signature mutton curry that makes it a must visit destination for those visiting Kollam. Spicy and tender mutton is eaten with Kerala style Parottas or Dosas. For those ardent meat lovers looking for something other than everyday mutton the Fayalwan is renowned for its brain and liver curry of which hundreds of plates are sold every day, but is definitely not for the faint stomached.
The Ashtamudi and Sasthankota lakes and a thriving fishing community ensure that all parts of Kollam have a steady supply of fresh fish. Although all varieties of fish are available in almostall hotels, small restaurants dotted along the banks of the Ashtamudi lake towards the outskirts of
Kollam sell fried local catch. Freshly caught fish is sautéed with spices and shallots and served with rice and is really special.
For those more into comfort food and snacking there is Alpoori, a deep fried round snack with a hole in the middle which looks more like a distant cousin of the doughnut. Alpoori is often had with the four o’clock tea and is permanent fixture at almost all tea shops in the area.
But the most visually appealing thing of all that you can have when in Kollam is a drink. Something, that all of Kollam depends to beat the summer heat. The one drink that will undisputedly be selected as Kollam’s ‘national drink’ had it been a nation. The kash-kashSarbath.
Although you can find variations of the Sarbath everywhere in Kerala, the one in Kollam is really special. A concoction of cool milk, essence, sugar and a local ingredient called the kash-kash, the drink is as stomach filling as it is refreshing. With the kash-kash floating over the cool milk, the sugary drink is the best thing to wash down all the delectable things you get to eat in Kollam.
Like any other place in God's Own Country, Kollam too has its own signature dishes that are liked and loved by all ready to give their taste buds a tickle. Come one, come all and experience and enjoy the tastes and flavours of Kollam.