We were driving around the Homebush market with friends on weekend and I just could not ignore the amazing aroma of dosas and appams; few minutes later we spotted a Sri Lankan and South Indian Food Fair at Homebush Public School and voila! lunch menu on Saturday was sorted
Volunteer cooking egg Kottu Roti
Egg Kottu Roti is cooked with lots of veggies mashed with egg and a blend of spices on a hot flat pan
There were people sitting on benches savouring dosas (Indian style crepe made from lentil paste), idlis and vadais while some waited to take their boxes home. As I chatted with gentlemen cooking up those delicacies and going bang-bang with metal clavers on a hot plate, I got to know that the fair is held on first Saturday of every month and the proceeds from the food sold are donated to the Tamil (Sri Lankan and Indian) Community Centre in Lidcombe.
Visitors at the Food Fair
Doosra Roti is a Sri Lankan style bread stuffed with veggies or egg, chicken and eaten with sambhar or curry
‘Great Tamil Food’ banners are placed at every corner near the building, so its hard to miss them Homebush has been home to the Sri Lankan community for many years now and there are a handful of Indian restaurants and shops too in this area. Its not a surprise that many Homebush residents line up for a hearty meal of home cooked style Tamil food. The menu ranges from thosai (dosa), idli-sambhar, vadais (a crispy pattie made from a combination of lentils, curry leaves and onions), kottu or kothu roti with and without egg, doosra roti, lamb biryani, lamb rolls, samosas along with mango lassi and rose milkshake.
Sri Lankan style samosas are slightly smaller compared to Indian samosas
The volunteers were cheerful serving a long queue of hungry visitors; stuffed doosra rotis being cooked on big hot plates seemed like a pleasant distraction for those who waited patiently for their orders. The food is similar to what you’d get at any Sri Lankan take away but I have to admit that this tasted far better and of course, the funds are raised for a great cause.
Food Fair Banners are placed at every corner of the School building, so its hard to miss them :-)
This isn’t really a food review but if I had to score it, this is an 8 out of 10 and great value for money.
When: First Saturday of every month
Address: Homebush Public School, Rochester Street, NSW 2140
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Tip: Get there early to avoid rush, if you opt for takeaway
How to get there: Take a train to Homebush and the school is right opposite the station, so you will save a long walk.