Since my last post on greasy comfort-laden strips of Turkish doner, I’ve had a couple of memorable food discoveries that I have to share with anyone who cares to know. These are food memories that have connected me ina deep, fulfilling … Continue reading
Layali’s Tonbik Shawarma: The greasy zenith of Turkish comfort food in Naif.
The first time I sunk my teeth into the Tonbik Shawarma, the saucy swirl of condiments and crunchy cabbage and tender chicken and plump grease-sodden fries awoke the sleeping endorphins in my blood stream. This was not sophisticated food. I … Continue reading
Tahtah Malleh – Preserved fish and rice made by the gifted hands of an Emirati mother.
In Emirati lingo, Malleh means preserved fish – from the word ‘Milh’ or salt. It was the natural way of preserving fish back in those days when desert dwellers didn’t have refrigerators. And while I’ve eaten malleh a few times … Continue reading
Help keep the new Taiwanese ‘Honey Ice Cream Dessert Shop’ alive.
28/10/2014: The sinister niggling feeling in my heart played out folks, this place has shut down. A real tragedy that we won’t be able to support the Taiwanese taro-ball maker anymore. Two months ago, a bubble gum-pink sign and fairy lights popped … Continue reading
The Freshest Catch: Seasoned, Grilled and Served Up at the Old Deira Fish Market.
Our heads jerked in unison towards the moving source of the panic. Loud gruff screams ripped through the din of the fish market just as the fishmongers were packing up their stalls for their afternoon siesta. The chase was on. A bluish white blur of … Continue reading
Hotpot haunt in Nasr Square, Deira that’s totally worth the hunt.
The last time I truly enjoyed Chinese hotpot was three years ago on Baniyas Road. Despite its worn walls and tired décor, Xiao Wei Yang assures the sort of eccentric experience that has made it a widely known ‘secret’ for … Continue reading
Finally, more pocket-friendly ways to fix that Thai Curry craving.
A spectacular serving of pineapple fried rice trumped the list of dishes that I’ve consumed over the past two weeks. Every grain was plumped up with the sort of savoury curry flavour that makes you salivate just thinking about it, with … Continue reading
My Favourite Kabab Haunt in Dubai
I might have found my favourite kabab joint in the city. The very thought of it is so profound that I’m scared to make a public declaration of it. Let’s not even call it a thought, it’s a — hypothesis. … Continue reading
Just Churned: Rutab Date and Labneh Ice Cream
If dates are such an important fruit in this part of the world, why on earth does Dubai not have more specialty dates stores (beyond Bateel or occasional mall kiosks)? Why haven’t we sparked a trend of glamorous date desserts? … Continue reading
Stepping into a Palestinian-Jordanian home for Iftar.
Ramadan is that holy time when we take a small step closer to the lives of those who are less fortunate. We experience their hunger, their fatigue, their daily struggle for the things we take for granted. And in turn, … Continue reading
An Ethiopian stew with the power to make you lust after lentils.
A neighbourhood worthy of some serious exploration is Naif. I might have made a similar proclamation two years ago, and I still stand by those words. If Naif was not such a constantly choked drainpipe of an area and so outrageously male-dominated, … Continue reading
In Photos: Dubai’s Alternative Iftar Buffet.
Since every Iftar advertisement talks about giving you the true spirit of Ramadan, I wandered out on the first evening of the Holy Month to better understand what that spirit really was. Here it is in photos, courtesy of the people who really endure the … Continue reading