Is this the world's best crab restaurant?
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P4G4T0 Colombo. 21st June, 2018. Photo taken on June 21, 2018 shows a dish at the Ministry of Crab in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For those who hear its name for the first time, Ministry of Crab sounds like a government department. Located in the 400-year-old Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, the ministry is actually one of the most renowned restaurants in the island country. TO GO WITH Feature: Minister of Crab offers authentic local cuisine in Sri Lanka. Credit: Zhu Ruiqing/Xinhua/Alamy Live News
Chef Dharshan Munidasa's restaurant Ministry of Crab has put Sri Lanka on the map as a global food destination.
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.
But that's exactly what made him the right person to single-handedly change the way the wider world viewed Sri Lankan cooking.
"It was not like the kid from Sri Lanka went to the US and missed his home-cooked food.
Both restaurants landed the first-ever Sri Lankan slots on the annual Asia's Best Restaurants list -- Nihonbashi in 2013 and MOC two years later -- putting the small country on the international foodie radar in a way it hadn't been before.
That ingredient is the Sri Lankan mud crab, also known as the lagoon crab.
Reclaiming Sri Lankan mud crabs for the people who farm and cultivate them is one way.
Following his successes, Munidasha has also become an ambassador for Sri Lankan food.
He also organizes pop-ups around the world as a way to teach people about Sri Lankan food and the special flavors of Sri Lankan mud crabs.