Of course, Dubai also has it’s share of Asian cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean, Indonesian, Filipino and more. There are actually quite a lot of Southeast and East Asians based here, where the pastures are supposedly greener (supposedly being the operative word). But I did not go half way around the world to eat something close to home. Yes I will come back to eating what feels like home at some point in time, but I came here to discover and indulge in the diversity.
Dubai is practically a melting pot of different cultures with the many migrant workers turned residents here. There are Southeast Asians like The Husband and myself and many, many others. There are the Arabs. There are the South Asians like the Indians and the Pakistanis. Then there are the Europeans. Surely, there are also some Americans somewhere out there.
But I’ve learned from observation and a bit of YouTube-ing (I’ve been newly addicted to Food Safari, an Australian show featuring various cuisines from around the world) that Arabic is not just Arabic’ Indian is not just Indian, European is not just European. Check out the episodes on Syrian and Egyptian food below:
If you have time to browse through the channel (like me), take yourself on a food trip around the world!
After some observations from eating around in the month that I’ve been here (it’s been a month already!!!), here are questions I wish can be answered:
- All Middle eastern cuisine has some kind of grill meat (i.e. kebabs) and dips like Hummus. What are the similarities AND differences between Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Afghan, Turkish?
- Also, Indian and Pakistani food are plentiful here. What are the similarities and differences? Sometimes, these seem all the same to uneducated eater me. I can see the same items on the menu.
- I’ve been very, very, very curious about Emirati food and tradition. I’ve learned (again thanks to YouTube) that the best place to experience this is in the home. Anybody care to invite me for dinner? Hahaha!
- Am I even allowed to talk out pork and alcohol in the open? Hahaha! I still am a bit paranoid android.
And these are just a FEW questions of my nosy foodie mind. I probably have a hundred more up here!
Though I know I can find all the answers with a few finger strokes on my keyboard. All thanks to the wonders of Google and the Internet! I think that the answers are best experienced…or since this is a food blog, the answers would be best eaten.
Cheers to my upcoming food discoveries! I know I have one month more FOR NOW…with emphasis on for now ok?