UAE cuisine: photos, dishes and recipes of national cuisine of the UAE

UAE cuisine

UAE cuisine

UAE cuisine is a cuisine influenced by the country's religious and climatic characteristics..

National cuisine of the UAE

Beef, goat meat and other types of meat, as a rule, are fried in a pan without adding fat: in the UAE, you should try marinated beef or lamb shish kebab, fried meat balls, roast meats.

UAE cuisine is famous for its fish dishes. So, here they feast on triangular pies (puff pastry) with fish filling (“bricks”), supplementing them with lemon and herbs, as well as fish kebabs and salted fish, which are boiled with flour and spices (as an addition to the dish, a special sauce is used to pour over the fish before serving). For a delicious snack, opt for eggplant caviar (mutabbal) or manakish - melted cheese with herbs and olives wrapped in pita or pita bread.

It is worth noting that the local dishes are quite spicy, as they are generously seasoned with sesame seeds, chili, cumin, curry, coriander and other spices..

Popular Arabic dishes:

  • “custileta” (lamb cutlet with herbs and spices);
  • “goose” (lamb dish with rice and nuts);
  • “al-mandi” (steamed chicken with honey);
  • “samman” (a dish of rice, vegetables and quail meat);
  • “kusa makhshi” (zucchini stuffed with meat);
  • “mehallabia” (pistachio pudding).

Where to taste the national cuisine?

Many good restaurants can be found in hotels, where, in addition to local cuisine, Thai, Mexican, Japanese, French and other dishes are prepared. In addition, hotel catering establishments have an alcoholic license, which is important for those who prefer to supplement their meal with alcoholic beverages. It should be borne in mind that some restaurants allow persons over 21 years of age, so if your age is in doubt, you may be asked to show your passport.

In Dubai, it is worth looking into “Mizaan”(this restaurant's guests are treated to modern and classic Arabic food and sweets, and they are also invited to enjoy a variety of drinks and hookah) or “Al areesh” (alcohol is not served here, but the meat of a 4-month-old camel and other local delicacies is excellent here).

Cooking courses in the UAE

To take part in the preparation of traditional cuisine, those who wish are invited to take part in the culinary courses open at the hotel “Park hyatt” In Dubai.

A trip to the United Arab Emirates can be prepared for the celebration of the Chocolate Festival (February, Dubai) or the Dubai Food Festival (February-March) - those present can take part in the culinary carnival and at the events dedicated to the Taste of Dubai and The Big Grill (a holiday dedicated to grilled dishes), as well as visit the gastronomic exhibition Gulf Food.


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