Tuka Tuka Kothu Roti Man is run by passionate chef Niro Vithyasekar. It’s named after the sound of machete-like knives coming down on a hot steel plate which makes a ‘tuka tuka’ noise. And kothu roti is a Sri Lankan street food comprised of chopped roti, eggs, vegetables, spices and at times meat. You’ll spot his food stall at various markets around town and can keep up to date with his goings-on here.
Welcome Merchant is a platform for refugee-powered businesses in Australia. The pro-bono service is helmed by Marjorie Tenchavez and a team of volunteers. In collaboration with Welcome Merchant to support local refugee and asylum seeker-led food businesses this Refugee Week (June 20-26, 2021).
Grab a handful of nuts to snack on or hot, fresh kotthu roti for dinner at any of these vendors and learn more about other cuisines and cultures in the process.
Looking for other ways to help? Here are ten places to volunteer your time around Melbourne.