Dubai is one of the most interesting places to travel to. There are many wonders you get to witness in this beautiful paradise. Aside from many touristy places to visit, you can also enjoy their cuisines that have been influenced by the neighboring countries. Hence, you will not only enjoy Emirati foods but also other cuisines from over 200 nationalities. Of course, you cannot skip Emirati foods which tend to be heavy on stew, fish, meat and rice. However, there are more to explore when it comes to food travel in Dubai and you must ready for it.
Best foods to try during your visit to Dubai
Travelling means you can indulge your appetite through food hunting. With the situation today, travelling around the world is more challenging than ever. However, you can just plan your vacation from now so you will be ready when the pandemic is over. Dubai is a very interesting place to visit because there are many things to enjoy especially the foods. Here are some of the best recommendations of foods you have to try when visiting Dubai:
Dates are the first things you should try if you are rarely eating them. Dates are not only nutritious but also chewy and sweet. There are more than 40 million date palm trees in Emirates. There are wide varieties of dates in Emirates you can find such as Razaiz, Khadrawi, Lulu, as well as Medjool, the king of dates. You can just enjoy ripped dates as they are or pair them with a cup of Arabic coffee. In many restaurants in Dubai, dates are often served as complimentary starter.
Madrouba in Arabic means ‘beaten’. It is such a unique food made from rice smashed with onions, yogurt, tomatoes, butter, and spices. It is made most commonly with chicken. However, you can also opt for other varieties such as lamb, fish, or vegetables. This dish is also satisfying and you can enjoy it for your brunch or lunch. The combination of the ingredients in one complete package is such a perfect treat to try.
Machboos is like an alter ego of Biryani. This is also basmati rice-based dish. It is slow-cooked with baharat, onion, dried lemon called loomi, and meat such as chicken, lamb, or fish. This is also considered as UAE’s national dish. It is also considered a family dish because it is often enjoyed during family events. However, you can also find it in many traditional Emirati restaurants.
Al Harees is another recommended food you must try when visiting Dubai. It is food that is proceeded by boiling and grinding the wheat. Then it is simmered with meat such lamb o chicken. Then, it is beaten into a porridge-like consistency. The most common toppings are are usually lamb fat or clarified butter like ghee. Other choices are sugar or cinnamon sprinkle. It is often served during religious holidays or wedding party. However, it can be found in many Emirati restaurants around Dubai as well.