Kochchi bring their Sri Lankan street food to Bonnie & Wild
They won the "People's Choice" at the recent Scottish Street Food Awards and catered to the cast and crew of Batgirl and Good Omens, but now the dynamic duo behind Kochchi are taking a permanent residency in Bonnie & Wild!
After a summer of food festivals, Kochchi is about to move into Bonnie & Wild’s food hall, where founders Suki Jayaratne and Shehan Fernando will be cooking alongside our other exceptional food stalls, Creel Caught, Salt & Chilli Oriental, Radge Chaat, El Perro Negro, east PIZZAS, Leith Woks, Stack & Still and Joelato.
Mr Jayaratne said: “We were brought up around traditional home-cooking and Sri Lankan Street Food, and are passionate about sharing our amazing island dishes with other people. Kochchi has turned our dream into reality and for this we're very lucky!”
After converting a horsebox into a mobile kitchen, Suki and Shehan took their Kochchi business to food and music festivals like TRNSMT, Craft Beer & Street Food and PlayGround Festival. They also provided mobile catering to the sets of the Amazon TV series Good Omens with David Tenant and superhero film Bat Girl, starring Leslie Grace.
Suki and Shehan quickly established Kochchi as one of the country’s best street food operators, and won the People’s Choice gong in this year’s Scottish Street Food Awards.
Mr Jayaratne said: “Now we're looking forward to a more permanent kitchen at Bonnie & Wild where we'll be sharing our iconic Sri Lankan Street Food dishes that are vibrant and packed with flavour! Our creative combinations are made with local produce and cater to vegans, veggies and meat lovers alike.”
Mr Jayaratne added: “You can expect dishes like our legendary Kotthu, our show-stopping Hoppers and signature Deville dishes!”
Kotthu, explains Mr Jayaratne, is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular dishes, prepared by bashing ingredients with metal plates against a hot plate. “You will hear this dish being prepared before you see or smell it!” says Suki. “It’s the ultimate comfort food, and tastes as good as it sounds!”
Hoppers are savoury crepes formed into a ‘bowl’ made from rice flour and coconut milk with a soft-centre and crispy edges, and can be filled with sweet or savoury goodness to form breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Mr Jayaratne adds: “And if you like heat, then our ‘Deville’ dishes will be sure to have your taste buds tingling!”
The addition of Kochchi to Bonnie & Wild means the Scottish Food Hall has a diverse line-up of first-class food operators that includes Gary Maclean’s Creel Caught, Jimmy Lee’s Salt & Chilli Oriental and his recent start-up Leith Woks, Tony Singh’s Radge Chaat, alongside Edinburgh’s east PIZZAS, award-wining burger stall El Perro Negro, gelateria Joelato, pancake house Stack & Still, plus boutique bottle shop Inverarity Morton. The new Scottish deli Soup & Caboodle is also due to open in the next few weeks.