If you haven't eaten a hopper, you need to rectify that immediately. A type of bowl-shaped pancake made with rice and coconut milk and traditionally filled with an egg and other toppings, the Sri Lankan street delicacy has been labelled the next big thing in food. And with good reason — these things are bloody delicious.
Now, after a successful pop-up last year, food precinct Tramsheds is getting its very own eatery dedicated to the humble hopper. Opening today — Friday, February 10 — Hopper Kadé is a new eatery from Ruvanie de Zoyza, who over the past ten months has been selling her hoppers at markets around town. "We are thrilled Sydneysiders love hoppers as much as we do," de Zoyza said. "Now that we will be serving them regularly from our permanent home, we are hoping to satisfy the demand."
The menu at Hopper Kadé features three different types of hoppers: a white hopper made with white rice and coconut milk, a red hopper made with fermented red rice and coconut milk, and a string hopper, which is made with steamed white rice noodles.
As for toppings, you can choose from a number of variants both savoury and sweet. The Ozzie comes with caramelised salted bacon, tomato relish and a free-range egg, while the crispy chicken option includes fried chicken, egg and a spicy date and tamarind sauce. The Naana-Tella, meanwhile, is piled high with banana and drizzled with Nutella. Alternatively, customers can build their own from scratch, with additions ranging from marinated beef to seasonal fruit to spicy yoghurt and green pepper mayo.
Hopper Kadé is open 9am till 9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Artist Lane at Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge. For more information, visit www.hopperkade.com.au.