In the right hands, rice flour expresses a culture’s creativity. From sprout to grain and amorphous dough, it reaches across the paddy toward the mountains and fields of the Asian continent, the shores of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, following the fingers of Tamil communities around the world.
In the family home, the Chennai street, and the Scarborough restaurant, rice flour dough passes through the press and the steamer under the diligent care of its cook’s palms, becoming string hoppers: soft rice noodles pressed flat, like pillowy tortillas awaiting your assembly. Sambal (coconut or fish minced in spices) or kiri hodi (a coconut milk gravy) are the natural pairings.
There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.
Restaurants with string hoppers
Ceylon Flavorplace 3341 Markham Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.298.4400
star_rate Rating: 3.50
New Hopper Hutplace 880 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.299.4311
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00