Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Dubai is complete without tasting the traditional Dubai food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Dubai to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Fattoush: salad with a tangy lemon dressing topped with crisped pastry.
- Raita: is a liquid salad - yogurt, cucumber, some spices.
- Tabbouleh: salad made of bulgur, chopped parsley, mint and crushed wheat.
- Abgoosht: lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, and tomatoes, turmeric, and dried lime.
- Arayes kafta: bread with grilled lamb.
- Balaleet: sweet think vercemilli like pasta cooked with fried eggs.
- Chelo kebab: the meal consists of steamed, saffroned basmati (chelow) and kabab.
- Fatteh: baked chicked peas/pita dish (served with a type of Middle Eastern yoghurt).
- Fesenjan: pomegranate stew with chicken.
- Hammour: is very popular and the favorite local fish.
- Harees: wheat, meat (or chicken) and salt.
- Jareesh: spicy crushed wheat with vegetables.
- Kabsa: rice (usually long-grain basmati), meat and vegetables.
- Khashkhash kebab: skewered meat in a spicy tomato sauce.
- Khuzi: a stuffed whole roast lamb on a bed of spiced rice.
- Kibbe: lamb patties with onions.
- Kousa mahshi: stuffed courgettes or zucchini.
- Makbus: also known as Matchbous, is a casserole of meat, usually lamb, or fish with rice.
- Manakish: consists of dough topped with thyme, cheese, or ground meat.
- Moutabal: broiled eggplant, blended with tahini and lemon and olive oil.
- Shirin Polo: basmati rice with carrots, currants, raisins, chicken, and nuts.
- Stuffed camel: composed of a medium-sized camel stuffed with a sheep or a lamb stuffed with other ingredients.
- Warak enab: vine leaves stuffed with rice.
- Baklava: a sweet filo pastry stuffed with nuts and covered in syrup.
- Batheetha: a popular dessert made of date paste, flour and ghee.
- Esh asarya: a kind of cheese cake with cream topping.
- Kanafeh: an Arabic sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry.
- Khabees: traditional dish for breakfasts.
- Khanfaroosh: flour, egg, sugar, yeast, cardamom, saffron and rose water.
- Khoshaf: dried fruit salad.
- Luqaimat: dough balls with date syrup.
- Mehalabiya: a pudding sprinkled with rosewater and pistachios.
- Muhammar bil dibs: is a sweet, brown rice.
- Umm Ali: a type of bread pudding.
- Shish tawook: marinated skewered chicken.
- Taboon bread: it is sold as street food, stuffed with hummus, falafel or shaved meat.
- Arabic Qahwa: is the Arabic coffee, popular in Dubai.
- Camel milk: is used as an aphrodisiac.
- Sahlab: is a milky type drink which is popular during Ramadan.
- Sharjah: is considered to be the King of all fruit shakes.
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- - Khashkhash kebab: skewered meat in a spicy tomato sauce.
- - Batheetha: a popular dessert made of date paste, flour and ghee.
- - Muhammar bil dibs: is a sweet, brown rice.
- - Khabees: traditional dish for breakfasts.
- - Esh asarya: a kind of cheese cake with cream topping.
- - Sharjah: is considered to be the King of all fruit shakes.
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