What should be avoided?
What can you find on the menu in the United Arab Emirates? The cuisine of this region is very diverse, but one thing that many travelers don’t know is that alcohol consumption and pork are forbidden. Alcoholic beverages are not served at restaurants and beer is not available for purchase. Pork products are also prohibited, so be sure to double check ingredients before ordering anything!
If you are looking for a meal that is unique to the region, try Hummus! This dish is made from ground chickpeas and tahini sauce. It’s usually served with pita bread or vegetables for dipping. If this doesn’t sound appealing, there are plenty of other dishes worth trying such as Baba Ganoush (eggplant dip), Lahmajoon (layers of dough filled with minced meat) and Falafel (fried ball shaped patty).
What may surprise you?
Most people would assume that Middle Eastern cuisine revolves heavily around lamb but it actually only makes up about 12% of what can be found on menus in restaurants throughout the United Arab Emirates according to TripAdvisor reviews. Fish, chicken, and beef are also very common dishes with a variety of spices and seasonings.
It’s important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as an “Arab bread” so you will have to ask for something like pita or naan if those items sound more appealing than the typical white loaf that most people associate with Middle Eastern cuisine. For breakfast try Labneh (strained yogurt), which tastes much better than regular sour cream! Try it drizzled on top of some toast or crackers alongside fresh fruit. Other great options include Hummus, Shakshouka and Ful Medames (a dish made from cooked fava beans).
If none of these things appeal then just remember that there are plenty of other local dishes that might suit your fancy.
- Shawarma – the shawarma is one of the most popular dishes in the region. It is a type of meat that is wrapped around a spit and cooked with olive oil. Shawarma can be found throughout the entire Middle East and Asia but originated in Turkey. The shawarma in Dubai is commonly made from chicken or lamb but there are also beef, turkey, or falafel varieties available.
A recipe for Shawarma:
– 1 kg lamb liver sliced
– 1 kg lamb tripe sliced
– 3 medium onions cut to thin strips lengthwise
– 2 tbsp harissa paste (available at Middle Eastern stores)
– 3 cups olive oil for frying
– salt and pepper to taste
– 500g rice flour for coating the meat
– 120g semolina for coating the oiled lamb pieces.
Cut them into small cubes, or any shape you prefer; fry in olive oil until brown on all sides (drain off excess oils); remove from heat but keep at low flame so that there is some residual cooking; add a tbsp of harissa paste with onions and cook till soft; season with salt and pepper as required. Put it aside while frying liver, tripe, calf lungs, heart etc., then mix all together thoroughly before serving hot. Serve with pita breads or other type of flat bread like naan.
This dish has been gaining popularity in the United Arab Emirates, especially among tourists. The shawarma is a type of meat that is wrapped around a spit and cooked with olive oil. Shawarma can be found throughout the entire Middle East and Asia but originated in Turkey. A popular variation on this dish includes lamb liver which is very traditional to Dubai’s cuisine as well as many other countries within the region such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
What restaurants can be found in Dubai?
There are many different types of cuisine to choose from when dining out. Arabic food is very popular and features a lot of lamb, fish, beef, chicken and vegetables as well as rice dishes like pilafs or couscous served alongside it. There’s also Lebanese food which includes a variety of salads such as tabbouleh that contains tomatoes, parsley, mint leaves tossed together with lemon juice. You may even find Turkish cuisine on offer including kebabs and köfte along with baklavas for dessert! Don’t forget Indian fare either- enjoy samosas and other favourites, like naan breads and tandoori chicken.
If you’re looking for a place to dine in Dubai, a number of high-end restaurants can be found all over the Emirates including Jumeirah Golf Estates where there are world famous eateries such as Nobu or Rivea at The Palm which have been recognized by international awards boards and renowned food critics alike.