Ministry of Crab: The story behind Sri Lanka’s most famous restaurant

Colombo (CNN) — Crabs caught in Sri Lankan waters are so prized in Singapore‘s fine dining establishments that a single one can sell for hundreds of dollars. But there was one place where these crabs weren’t the hottest dish on the menu — Sri Lanka.

That’s when chef Dharshan Munidasa, who grew up in Colombo, began thinking about how he could return one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic exports back to the people who made it famous.

Munidasa doesn’t necessarily have the same resume as your typical celebrity chef.

He didn’t grow up being interested in food, he

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Ready, get set, go! Let the crab cake wars begin

Every morning, I pour myself a cup of cold-brew coffee. I add a polite squirt of Monin Dark Chocolate, a splash of half & half, and then pad into my office to gaze into the murky horrors of the unknown. In other words, I read my email.

My various email boxes get around 150 hits every day. Of course, there are always the crazies (refer to my “send to trash” column from a few months ago), but the great majority of people are kind enough to share their thoughts about our local eateries. Though I grouse about it (to get

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