Dubai Local Food
What is the difference between Dubai food and the usual Arabic food? Unfortunately, the answer is no if you are hoping to taste local cuisine. If you are heading to Dubai in the hope of sampling the local cuisine, you might be disappointed because Dubai is a melting pot far more of different cultures and their recipes than a place to try traditional cuisine. The Arabic food available in Dubai tends to be
"borrowed" from other parts of the Middle East, especially Lebanon and Iran.
When you're in Dubai, it's best to enjoy the wide variety of cuisines available, and the fact that so much of it is definitely worth your money. You won't take long to find a reasonably-priced Indian restaurant, for example, and the food they serve will be similar to the real subcontinent's cuisine closer than anything you'll find at home.
Whatever your favourite cuisine is, you'll find them in Dubai. If you're on a tight budget, Indian, Pakistani and Filipino restaurants are probably your best bet, but if your budget allows, you can find food from almost anywhere in the world. There are French, Japanese and Thai places, as well as classy steakhouses to satisfy the most dedicated meat-eater. Or enjoy a plate of tasty pasta in one of the many Italian eateries.
Since you have already planned to go Dubai, you should try the exotic Arabic food. You might probably want to give one of the popular Lebanese, Iranian or Moroccan restaurants a try. They serve a unique set dish called Mezze which is very different from the traditional three-course meal. With Mezze, plenty of appetisers and small serving courses are all placed on the table at the same time. There are usually plenty of flatbreads and olives. This leads to more fun, special and less fussy way of eating a meal.
You probably have wondered why there isn't a traditional Dubai "take on" Arabic food. It is because Dubai is such a modern, multicultural, technologically advanced place that it is easy for the fast moving locals to forget how it used to be. Actually, the area was inhabited by nomadic Bedouin tribes with a very restricted diet by modern standards. They usually ate camel meat, camel milk, fish, sometimes dates and nothing else. Given that there are many different varieties of dates in the region, this doesn't form the basis of an exciting cuisine.
However, the Bedouins have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the largest dish on any menu. They like to cook dishes by using various forms of stuffing method. Chickens are stuffed with rice and a hard-boiled egg, and then a lamb is stuffed with the chickens. The skinned and marinated camel is then stuffed with the lamb, broiled over a charcoal pit and decorated with nuts such as almond and x. It has been claimed that long ago this dish was served at Bedouin wedding feasts for over 100 people. However, nobody is quite sure of the veracity of this story, despite its entrance into the record books.
Lastly, it would be a relief to dieters that they won't be served this scrumptious dish in modern-day Dubai, but if you're lucky enough to be a guest at a Dubai family home, you are likely to leave Dubai as stuffed as a camel.