You’ll love Dubai if your used to satisfying the midnight munchies with a delicious doner kebab. The most popular takeaway option in the city is shawarma and after a few days you’ll have no problem identifying your favourite stall in the souk. Although the dish is typically made from lamb, veggies needn’t go hungry as there are plenty of places that serve meat-free versions made with falafel.
KFC, Starbucks, TGI Fridays and McDonalds are have stores in Dubai which means that hungry holidaymakers can satisfy their homesickness and hunger in one go.
With your hunger dealt with, take a stroll through Dubai’s food souk. You can admire and purchase a wealth of fresh produce here. Don’t leave without tasting Omani bananas, guaranteed to be the sweetest you’ve ever tasted. Watermelon is also irresistible and there are a mouthwatering range of fresh dates available. Also worth checking out is the section of the market devoted to fish, where you’ll see blue lobsters, baby sharks and massive kingfish on the slab.
Take a look around. Do you see a surplus of stall serving up sugar cane juice and pomegranate shakes. Are the counter tops groaning under piles of roasted nuts and seeds? Can you see huge chunks of meat simmering away in oil? If so, you’re definitely in Egypt where street food is a way of life. Peppers stuffed with delicious spiced rice are sold in the souks alongside the best flatbread you’ve ever tasted. You can also find tomatoless pizzas, kofte kebabs and tooth-tinglingly sweet semolina cakes.
There are two dishes that define the Egyptian street food experience. The equivalent of falafel, taameya is often eaten at breakfast-time, made from fava beans and accompanied by the fava bean porridge called fuul. And full is certainly how you’ll feel after this high-fibre, sustaining start to the day! If you have any appetite for lunch, seek out the poor man’s favourite snack, koshary. It’s the ultimate carb feast, made with pasta, rice, lentils and chickpeas, and is sure to leave you feeling ready for an afternoon nap.