Traditional Jaffna cuisine has a distinct flavour that is different to the rest of the country and is closer to south Indian cuisine in taste. Thosai, idly, pittu, vades rice and curries including seafood and meats (mainly mutton) are cooked with local herbs and spices and are rich in their flavours. Kool seafood soup, bone Rasam, Mutton Poriyal, fiery Jaffna crab curry, Brinjal and Murunga (vegetable known as drum sticks), are all signature dishes in Jaffna. Rise early and head to a local eatery for breakfast served on a banana leaf with a hot cup of milk tea. Jaffna sweets are in plenty and the legendary Rio Ice crème is a must have. The young and the old throng to this ice crème parlour on Point Pedro road for their three scoops of ice crème topped with jelly and mangos.