Dubai is a tourist hub, attracting over 15 million visitors annually in some years. It is known for its lavish buildings, opulent hotels and hot weather. But there’s more to Dubai than sunbathing and architecture. Perhaps less spoken about is the food and drink Dubai has to offer its tourists. So in this article we’re going to take a look at Dubai food and drink highlights you’d be mad to miss if you’ve going for a trip there.
Luqaimat are small, deep-fried Arabic sweet dumplings.They’re essentially a little like doughnuts. They are made with a yeasted batter and are typically served with a sweet syrup. Luqaimat are popular in many Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Gulf countries and are often eaten as a snack or dessert.
Luqaimat are made by combining flour, water, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl. The mixture is then kneaded until smooth and elastic. The dough is then allowed to rise in a warm place for about an hour. Once the dough has risen, it is divided into small balls and deep-fried in hot oil until golden brown. The fried luqaimat are then immediately dipped in a sweet syrup made with sugar, water, and rosewater. Luqaimat can also be served with honey or sesame seeds.
There are lots of places in Dubai you can get your hands on some to try!
Camel Meat – Yes, Really!
Emiratis haven’t traditionally eaten camel meat. But more recently, chefs in Dubai have been using camel meat in burgers, stews and curries.
Camel meat is said to have a mild flavor that is similar to beef or lamb. It is also said to be slightly sweet and slightly gamey. The taste of camel meat can vary depending on the age of the camel, the cut of meat, and the way it is prepared.
Younger camels have more tender meat, while older camels have tougher meat. The hump of the camel is the most prized cut of meat, as it is the most tender and flavorful. Camel meat can be cooked in a variety of ways, including grilling, roasting, and stewing.
Camel meat is a good source of protein, iron, and zinc. It is also low in fat and calories.
Margoogat is a traditional Emirati dish made with lamb or chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a variety of spices. It is a hearty, wholesome and tasty stew that is often served with rice or bread.
Margoogat is thought to have originated in the Arabian Peninsula, and it is now a popular dish in many Gulf countries. It is often served at special occasions, such as weddings and birthdays and you can find this in many restaurants in Dubai.
To make margoogat, the lamb or chicken is first browned in a pot. Then, onions, garlic, and tomatoes are added and cooked until softened. A variety of spices, such as cumin, turmeric, and chili powder, are then added and the stew is simmered for several hours.
The best of the rest
Ok so we said it was going to be 3 food and drink highlights. We think those are the three you really don’t want to miss. But a few more to try too:
- Arabic coffee and dates
Whatever the purpose of your trip to Dubai, make it a taste sensation too.