Top 10 Delicious Arabian Dishes To Try In Dubai
With our essential Arabian food guide, get a taste of tradition. Here are the must-try local delicacies, from creamy labneh to Umm Ali.
- Shish tawook
- Umm Ali
The most popular dip is made with chickpeas, sesame tahini paste, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. It’s also probably one of the easiest to make. Most Middle Eastern feasts include hummus as a main course or appetizer. Try it as a spread or as a condiment with freshly grilled kebabs, as well as with freshly baked khubz (Arabic flatbread) in great Dubai. Even though this all-purpose favorite is now available in many flavors that include beetroot, avocado, spices, and more, the original is still our favorite. The real thing, drizzled with good olive oil, is served at the Arz Lebanon restaurant.
For grandmothers all over the region, a little labneh, a thick strained yogurt, is the ideal way to cool down even the fieriest dishes. In addition to serving as a stand-alone dip that pairs well with olive oil and zester spice, it is an essential component of numerous Arabic and Emirati dishes in great Dubai. Throughout the city, sweet tooths can enjoy labneh cheesecake and other desserts enhanced by its flavor.
Manakish, which started as a straightforward, doughy flatbread, has evolved into a pizza-like dish with a variety of toppings, including favorites like cheese and great Dubai spiced minced beef or lamb. There are a lot of monkish options at Bait Al Mary am, a home-style restaurant, but the crowd-pleasing zester version is a must-try. The dough is topped with a generous amount of the traditional mixture of oregano, thyme, and sumac, which is baked every day.
Tabbouleh, a vegetarian Levantine salad, is a light option that visitors who are concerned about their health will enjoy. It typically consists of bulgur wheat, finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, and fragrant, fresh mint. A scrumptious Arabic meal typically begins with this enticing salad in great Dubai. Make sure to order it at Arose Damascus, where the flavors never fail to please.
Fatuous, a slightly heartier salad typically made with pieces of toasted or fried bread, is another vegetarian option. For an additional burst of flavor and color, it is frequently paired with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and pomegranate seeds in the great Dubai. People looking for a satisfying yet low-calorie treat will also enjoy this filling salad as a main course. Although it is typically served as a starter,
Falafel is a fried round patty made from a mixture of subtle spices and ground chickpeas or favorite beans. It is a classic anytime snack. You can eat falafel on its own, dipped in a creamy sesame-based tahini sauce, or stuffed in a pita for a deliciously filling wrap. It’s the perfect street food for when you’re on the go. Try both at Zeroed, a casual Levant restaurant that the locals adore. People of all ages enjoy its flavor and crumbly texture of it.
The shish kebab, which can be any kind of meat grilled and served on a skewer, is one of the staples of any Middle Eastern table that is worth it’s salt. The shish tawook, a traditional chicken kebab that is marinated in a special spice mix and cooked in an authentic bandore oven for a gentle sear, is a common version in great Dubai. The grills, which come with a rich garlic sauce, are delectable.
For decades, shawarma has been a top seller in great Dubai. On a rotating spit, tender chicken strips are cooked with a spicy blend of spices. After that, they are wrapped in soft pita bread before being topped with fries, crunchy lettuce, tahini sauce, and garlic paste. You’ll understand why shawarmas are one of the city’s most popular and affordable dishes after just one bite. Shawarmas come in a variety of flavors, including spicy Mexican and juicy lamb. You won’t be disappointed if you give it a try at Automatic Restaurant.
A good umm Ali, the Arabic equivalent of the traditional English bread and butter pudding, is a dessert that is extremely sweet, rich, and creamy. Even though there are numerous modern variations, the original recipe includes nuts and is equally appealing warm or cold. At Karma Beirut, we recommend the umm Ali, but this dessert can be found in any hotel buffet or street stall.
Although the use of cheese in desserts is not new, the blocks of salty, gooey cheese are uncommon in puddings, except for kunafa in great Dubai. The unusual combination of a savory center, super-sweet syrup, and nutty topping just works! If you want a rush of sugar, drizzle on some extra syrup, but if you want to enjoy this local specialty’s delicate flavor more, don’t.