Asia Society Korea’s Cooking Class Series: Sri Lanka

Chef Karupan Selliah

May 22, 2017 - Asia Society Korea continued its cooking class program on Monday by teaming up with the Embassy of Sri Lanka and Mr. Karupan Selliah, junior sous chef at the Millenium Hilton Hotel in Colombo. Lotte Shopping once again provided the infrastructure for the class, and it was pleasing to see ten new budding chefs in attendance. Chef Selliah is an award-winning Sri Lankan chef who won three gold medals at the Sri Lankan Culinary Art competition in 1995, 1999, and 2003. Although now based in Colombo, he has cooked for patrons in Belgium, the Czech Republic, and China.

Sri Lankan food is known for its powerful flavors and rich taste. As Selliah brought many of the ingredients with him from Colombo, the food was very authentic and participants commented that they felt they were dining in Sri Lanka. Three dishes were on the menu; red chicken curry, mustard fish curry, and baked chicken. The event was a huge success with participants enjoying the cuisine so much that they took any leftover food home with them.