Top 9 Street foods in Dubai

Top 9 Street foods in Dubai

These are the nine nibbles I’d choose if someone asked me to give them a list of Top 9 Street foods in Dubai they must try (in no particular order).Although they aren’t the most unusual or unusual foods, many of us who grew up in Dubai associate them most strongly with the city. When we are away from Dubai for an excessive amount of time, we also crave them the most.

Old School Shawarma

The fact that Old School Shawarma is Top Street food in Dubai  you must try is not by accident. Everyone has their own take on this well-liked street food!

Finding shawarma that meets the high standards of a long-time resident is more difficult than finding one in the city. Aroos Damascus in Deira (whose beef shawarma was chosen by the jury during our Sufrataste competition), Al Mallah in Dhiyafah (which has both lovers and haters), and the rivals on Baniyas Road, Hatam Al Tai and Shiraz Nights (Shiraz Nights’ spicy chicken shawarma is better than Hatam’s in my opinion), are among the top choices. I would recommend signing up for our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage if you want to try chicken shawarma that is as close to my childhood memories as you can get. It has a lot of well-marinated chicken and a lot of garlic aioli or towm.

Mind Blowing Hummus

If you ever come to Dubai or live there, you can’t go wrong with a delicious hummus with just the right amount of tahini and olive oil is know as Top Street food in Dubai because of its delicious taste. Ordering hummus at any restaurant, regardless of its specialty, is one of the most common mistakes. Never do it. Good hummus belongs to Palestinians, Jordanians, Syrians, and Lebanese. The majority of Al Hallab and Safadi chains’ restaurants, as well as Deira’s Aroos Damascus and Deira’s Aroos Damascus, make excellent Hummus Beiruti with a lot of parsley. On our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage route, this Palestinian-Jordanian gem produces a hummus that is incredibly creamy and is drizzled with a vibrant salsa-like mixture of lemon juice, garlic, and green peppers. This is my favorite falafel and hummus.

Date Syrup Aka Dibs

On our Dubai Food Tour on Wheels, we served Emirati mohalla (crêpes) with dibs and cream cheese presents the Top Street food in Dubai. You can douse anything, even your bare finger, with a jar of thick date syrup that tastes like molasses. In Emirati cuisine, dibs serves as an important sweetener. It is frequently served alongside chebaab (pancakes), luqaimat (dangerous sweet fritters), and muhalla (sweet crêpes) at breakfast. Despite the fact that Kraft cream cheese is extremely processed and salty, the classic flavor pairing is highly addictive. On both our Food Tour on Wheels and our Souks and Creekside Food Walk, we give you as many chances as you want.

Anda Parotta Roll

On our Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk, Anda Parotta Chips Oman roll Credits Sourabh Sharma Nothing in the city compares to the flavor of one of these humble breakfasts, which can be found in most street-side cafeterias throughout the city, particularly in the older areas of the city. Anda Parotta is an egg (anda) omelet wrapped in a parotta, a white flour flatbread with flaky layers, chewy elasticity, and just the right amount of street-style grease due to its delicious taste we call it one of the Top Street food in Dubai. It is typically made by cooks from Kerala in India. My go-to spot is on our Souks and Creekside Food Walk. There, we get a version of anda parotta with cream cheese, vinegary hot sauce (aka daqoos), and crushed chips, just like the 80s kids loved it. Yes, that is correct—crushed chips, and not any chips at all—but the papery, crisp chilli potato chips from the well-known Chip Oman packet in blue and red.

Karak Chai

The laws of the universe require that I hold a Styrofoam cup of karak chai in the other hand while holding an anda parotta roll. Our national drink might as well be Karak chai, more commonly referred to as Karak. Black tea leaves, cardamom pods, evaporated milk, and a ton of sugar make up this Indian-style tea. Most of the time, locals will simply drive up to a cafeteria, honk, and have a Styrofoam cup of the drink delivered to their car window for pennies. If you ask for a version without sugar, you’ll get a cup of hot water and a tasteless tea bag.

Indian Food

According to the 2017 World Migration Report, the UAE has the largest Indian diaspora in the world, making it an explosively delicious minefield of Indian food from all over the country. Pani Puri is served as part of our Little India on a Plate experience. In fact, there is so much Indian food in Dubai, especially in the Karama and Bur Dubai neighborhoods, that I beg you not to settle for the same old butter chicken, saag paneer, and garlic naan. Instead, try regional dishes like Keralan stew and appams, which we feature on our Food Tour on Wheels Goan, seafood at Eric’s; Gujarati/Rajasthani thaali at Maharaja Bhog, Rajasthani daal bhaati churma at Manvaar; and Madras style dosa and sambaar at Woodlands. But my all-time favorite Indian fix is chaat, or street food. When you visit India, it’s better to see but avoid touching the tempting food. Pani puri, which are paper-thin spheres of dough that are wobbly with potatoes or sprouts, sweet chutney, and spicy water, is a fantastic (and hygienic) Indian street food served in Dubai. On our Little India tour, you’ll have the opportunity to try one of the locals’ favorite spots.


Mohamed Somji at Ustadi, featured on our Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk There are so many different cultures in the city that make skewer kebabs that I can’t decide which ones you should try. I always order the kebab khoush khash at Levantine restaurants like Al Hallab and Aroos Damascus because it is a culinary no-brainer to have skewered minced lamb floating in a warm spiced tomato gravy. Turkish restaurants like Kaftan really know their meat and offer some tempting variations with creamy yogurt or baked dough if you’re looking for something slightly more upscale without being pretentious. Iraqi restaurants, like Turkish ones, are more expensive, but they serve some of the most decadent kebabs with a lot of fat from fat lamb tails (yes, lamb tail fat, or liyya, is a real ingredient that has historical significance).On any of our tours, ask us about it!)Pakistani-style Bihari kebabs, which, when prepared correctly, will melt like butter when served with naan, are another firm favorite. Some of my favorites are at Desi Adda in Qusais, a tiny and out of the way spot; however, if you haven’t already been there, I probably wouldn’t recommend trekking through the traffic to get there.

Za’atar And Cheese Anything

Za’atar is a Levantine dish made with salt, sour ground sumac berries, sesame seeds, and thyme.You’ll be hooked for life if you pair it with salty cheese, good olive oil, and some fresh bread or pizza.I’ve been known to eat Levantine pizza with za’atar and cheese from the bakery across from my apartment for a day or two. And while we are on the subject of mana’eesh, if you are going to get a za’atar and cheese one, you should be aware that there are other compelling combinations such as minced lamb and pomegranate molasses, spicy red pepper and walnut muhammara and cheese (try the one at Al Mallah), spicy sujuk sausage and melty kashkaval cheese, or creamy labneh and apricot jam. If you are going toI digress, though.

Back to the topic of za’atar and cheese: for a pittance, some of the Afghani bakers that are scattered throughout the unassuming corners of Old Dubai make delicious elongated pockets of za’atar and explosively gooey cream cheese, similar to La Vache Qui Rit.The key is to use a flavorful, fragrant za’atar, and unfortunately, this is where many bakeries fall short. Mama’eesh is a home-grown bakery chain that is one of the newer players on the scene. There, I had a memorable Palestinian za’atar and cheese manousheh (their nabulsi cheese fatayer and chili minced meat and cheese fatayer are also spot on). We ended up featuring it on our podcast because it was so memorable.


On our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, fresh kunafa. Credits Somji Mohamed.

Knafeh, also known as Kunafa, which is made of fresh, warm cheese, is an exception to my rule.Knafeh is a pie made with melted cheese and topped with either kataifi noodles for a crust that is crunchy or pulverized dough for a crust that makes it one of the Top Street food in Dubai. Additionally, buckets of sugar syrup

While nearly every Arabic bakery and restaurant serves knafeh, many seasoned customers will recommend Firas Sweets, which opened in 1993 and now has several locations across the country.  Although there are a lot of Turkish restaurants that serve knafeh, nothing compares to the original Palestinian knafeh nabulsiye (with the exception of freshly prepared knafeh nabulsiye). On our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, we get to experience the dream of watching it being made from scratch and eating it right out of the pan, hot and gooey. After they have completed the tour, we have had guests reflect on it for many years.)

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