Located on a strip of Ventura in Tarzana known mostly for its affordable sushi bars, Apey Kade is a family-owned Sri Lankan restaurant and one of the only of its kind in The Valley. The menu is broken into several different sections, but whether this is your first time at Apey Kade or not, head to the String Hopper section. You pick your protein and out comes a giant platter filled with 10 string hoppers (thin noodles steamed and pressed into tiny flat discs), sambal, and a tremendous kiri hodi (coconut milk gravy) that you’ll pour all over the noodles. It’s savory, sweet, and at only $12, a great option for an affordable lunch in the neighborhood that doesn’t involve a salmon roll.

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