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Instagram, Facebook and YouTube were all buzzing with a story about a young couple dishing out some of the best “Kalu Pol Pork” with Roast Paan out of the trunk of their car and naturally we had to find out what all the hype was about.
Calling themselves “Black Pork Matters”, Dinesh and Hansi took a simple idea and turned it to a budding business. Taking an old family recipe for Black Pork Curry and coupling it with a super spicy and zesty Kochchi-infused Pol Sambal, the duo packed the trunk of their car with lots of Roast Paan and headed out to sell their wares. When we met these guys they were at Kawdana Road in Dehiwela, and a long line of customers waiting for their portions was a dead giveaway for just how good their food was.
Instead of just selling cold food that was pre-packed at home, Black Pork Matters sets up a barbeque grill where the Roast Paan is grilled just before being served to customers. The meat is served as a per person portion in small clay pots covered in a banana lead and tied up with string. The Pol Sambal is also packed similarly in a banana leaf that no doubt adds to the flavour. In fact the pork is also cooked in clay pots with tons of locally sourced spices and condiments that makes it what it is.
With music playing out of the car’s radio and a chalk-board with emergency lights eliminating the area, Black Pork Matters have become quite the hit. Every weekday from 6pm onwards hungry folk after a hard day’s work flock to get their portions of yummy food. Weekends are simply jam packed with families opting to eat hot, hot off the grill while being parked alongside the road or standing around the grill chatting with friends.
The pork itself is on point with the perfect balance of spice. It also has a great balance of fleshy and fat pieces so that it caters to all pork lovers. The pol sambal adds the much-needed twist to every mouthful and the fact that the bread is crispy and warm just seals the deal. It is arguably one of the best renditions of a local favourite combination that we have had. And for a nominal fee of 300 rupees you get a complete meal that is oh so satisfying. Word of caution, remember to take a bottle of water with you whenever you visit these guys next.
Unfortunately, we Sri Lankans don’t really like to watch others prosper so a few complaints from locals in the Kawdana area has made these guys to move to a temporary location in Pepiliyana. Stay tuned for updates on where they will be setting up next. But for the moment, they are also doing complete meals for the family where you could order an entire pot of pork, sambal and bread to go for a family gathering over the weekend etc.
We always find it interesting to support guys who keep things simple and sincerely hope Black Pork Matters will keep doing what they are doing now to the best of their abilities and not really venturing away from their namesake.
So here’s our rating…
Location *** (At Pepiliyana for the moment!)
Packaging ***** (All sustainable!)
Service **** (These guys can chat and cook at the same time!)
Food **** (Lots of favourites!)
Price Range – 300 LKR
Opening Times – 6:00pm onwards daily
Telephone: 0779 431748
Reviewed by Nishu Gunawardana, Trevin Alphonsus, Josh Eardley and Dimitri Senanayake
Photographed by Sanura Gunawardana