Heartwarming grub to combat chillier months in Dubai
As January draws to a close, it seems everyone is either feeling the bite of the recent cold weather or overcoming sniffles brought on by the low temperatures. If you’re also feeling the effects of Dubai’s relative ‘cold snap’, something warm, hearty and comforting should definitely be on the menu – but to save you from the monotony of hot lemon tea and plain chicken soup, we’ve come up with some winter dishes that are just as warming as they are exciting to the palate. To get your immune system back up to scratch to fight off current colds or future flus, we’ve also isolated the key ingredients needed to tackle infection, and some Dubai dishes that contain them. There’s even a few remixed chicken soup ideas in there to boot. Get warm or get well soon!
Bagna cauda at Nais Italian Kitchen Hot pot may be more the domain of Asian cooking, but the Italians have their own version, which is eaten during winter. Bagna cauda means ‘hot bath’ in Italian: the dish is prepared using a bowl of olive oil placed on the table and heated over a flame. Diners then use the oil, mixed with garlic and anchovies, as a dip in which to cook vegetables such as fennel, peppers and carrots. Dhs35. Nais Italian Kitchen, HDS Tower, Cluster F Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 452 9991).
Humita stew at Asado Humita is a traditional Latin American dish of corn boiled into a dough-like paste. Asado has updated this concept to create a sweetcorn stew that’s rich, creamy and spicy. It also features a few fancy French updates with the addition of caramelised goat’s cheese and foie gras. Dhs80. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Pho at Hanoi According to Vietnamese cooking principles, food is divided between hot and cold types; a healthy diet should feature a balance between the two. Pho, the Vietnamese beef and rice noodle soup, is classically a breakfast dish: it’s thought it evolved from the hearty French winter stew ‘pot au feu’. The Vietnamese developed it to their taste, specifically designed to be a dish that would warm you up in the morning. There are several varieties on offer at Hanoi, but we’d recommend the classic beef soup. Dhs35. Goldcrest Executive, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 431 3099).
Shepherd’s pie at The Ivy Shepherd’s pie is a traditional English dish that’s hearty and comforting, usually eaten throughout the cold winter months. The filling is made with minced meat in a thick gravy, although this isn’t really a ‘pie’ in the traditional English sense: the topping is made with a thick layer of mashed potato, rather than pastry. Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb mince (there’s a linguistic clue in the name), while the almost identical cottage pie is made with beef. The Ivy’s version offers an update on the typical dish by combining beef and lamb mince in its filling. Dhs125. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
Sukiyaki and shabu shabu at Hanabi Hotpot features in several oriental cuisines: the concept involves platters of meat and vegetables cooked at the table in a steaming broth, sauce or oil. Sukiyaki and shabu shabu are two Japanese variations on this theme, traditionally eaten during the country’s snowy winters – the latter is a more recent invention, which takes its name from the swishing sound of the ingredients being cooked in the pot. At Hanabi, these two dishes are available year-round, although if you need to warm up this week, we’d recommend taking advantage of the last few days of the restaurant’s great-value deal, which offers unlimited items from the sukiyaki and shabu shabu menu for a set price. Dhs200 per person. Until January 31. Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
Tom yam goong at Benjarong This classic Thai soup is fragrant, spicy and sour, making it the perfect winter dish. It’s warming on a cold day (although admittedly there aren’t many of those in Thailand), but beyond that the ingredients read like a list of natural cold and flu remedies. It contains whole prawns, which are packed with zinc, and is flavoured with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and coriander, all of which have natural health benefits. It also packs a spicy punch from the chilli, which makes it ideal for clearing a blocked head. Dhs55. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3333).
Alternative remedies Each culture has its own traditional cold and flu remedies. If you’re feeling a little under the weather, try these two lesser-known alternatives, both available in Dubai.
Yuvalama soup This traditional Turkish soup is made with chickpeas, lamb, yoghurt and rice. It is considered to have restorative properties if you’re feeling ill, and has been eaten for this purpose in Turkey for generations. In Dubai, you can try this soup at Rixos the Palm, as well as other traditional Turkish healing soups such as ezogelin, which features bulgur and red lentils. Dhs45. A La Turca Restaurant, Rixos the Palm (04 457 5454).
Abalone porridge Abalone (edible sea snails) are largely considered to be an expensive, luxury ingredient. Koreans are evidently particularly kind to their sick: this dish of high-protein shellfish and rice porridge is traditionally fed to ill patients and the elderly. The dish is prized as a delicacy, as well as a nutritional supplement and digestive aid. Dhs120. Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
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Forgeois jacques Jan 31, 2013 06:35 am
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