10 food items to taste when you visit Dubai, UAE
Dubai has well established itself as the fastest-growing cosmopolitan City that offers various attractions for all the tourist across the world. If you are interested in seeking an authentic food experience in the gleaming desert city, these are some local food and beverages that you must not miss.
A popular and healthy stable of the Emirate cuisine, the food is a rich tomato-based stew that has the essential Arabic spices and flavours. Commonly made with chicken or lamb, the dish is often prepared and as mostly enjoyed at Iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan. The food has various vegetables with herbs like turmeric, cumin and bezar.
- Al Machboos
Loved throughout the entire Arabian peninsula this traditional rice dish is a delicacy in the Emirates cooking. Prepared in large pots with meat, onions and lots of love, the dish is defined with the aromatic flavour of Baharat and Loomi. Even though it is prepared with chicken, you can open find lamb and other seafood variations.
- Camel meat and camel milk
Camel milk is loved throughout the country. The popularity started from the Bedouin tents and is now served in the top restaurants. Being a bit saltier than cow’s milk but is rich in protein, low in cholesterol and higher in vitamin c and iron. The camel meat on the other Emirate is rather the latest addition to the immediate diet and the chefs like it for the robust and exotic flavours.
A popular Emirati bread, Khameer is a simple date-sweetened bread that one can enjoy on its own or are stuffed with a variety of ingredients ranging from cheese, chicken to kfata balls.
Instead of having the bread or heavy meat Emirates staples, one can enjoy the Tabbouleh which is an exotic salad prepared from tomatoes, green onions and cucumber and is seasoned with fresh mint and lemon juice. It is one of the most healthier options for the foodies out there.
It is Lebanese delicacy usually eaten in breakfast. Manousheh assembly flatbread which is defined with its crispy outside and soft chewy centre. Akkawi cheese is a common ingredient. Some other experimental iterations include earthy Za’atar herbs and olive oil, fresh vegetables and fried eggs.
- Al Harees
Al Harees is a porridge-like- dish that usually consists of ground wheat and meat and is popular during Ramadan. The ingredients of usually cook for us until they harden up and then are topped with ghee or clarified butter and is served in plates for nourishing and comfortable meal.
Quite alike in taste and texture to doughnuts, these sweet dumplings are well-fried treats that are usually served with a sticky date sauce and topped with sesame seeds.
This sweet Levantine Dish is favoured among the locals in the UAE. Usually made of crisp noodle-like pastry and soaked in a sugar-based syrup, they are layered with cheese and then chopped pistachios are sprinkled.
Usually known as the popular Arabian coffee, Gahwa is a common drink and is usually served while greetings guests. Rich with the aroma of Cardamom and cloves, the coffee is a bit bitter than the other blends and is often consumed at special occasions in ornate coffee pots which are small and handles cups.