Garlic, ginseng, ginger and more infection-fighting foods
Garlic Try the stuffed aubergine side dish from Seamood in Satwa – it’s so packed with infection-fighting garlic you can actually smell the distinctive aroma before the dish hits the table. It also contains plenty of grated carrot, lemon juice and aubergine, which means it offers additional nutrients as well, including vitamin C (from the lemon and carrot). Dhs10. Seamood, Diyafa, Satwa (04 385 7977).
Ginger Ginger is particularly effective for easing sore throats. At Fountain Restaurant, the Friday brunch offers a chicken, lime and ginger soup, offering a bonus dose of vitamin C from the lime. Available as part of Friday brunch. Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (house beverages). Fountain Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 310 4320).
Ginseng In Korea, ginseng is a traditionalcold and flu remedy: its effectiveness has been supported by scientific studies. Hakkasan serves a ginseng and chicken soup: a light broth containing poached chicken and pieces of ginseng – perfect if you’re feeling poorly. Dhs65. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).
Green tea Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which can help to boast your immune system. One of Okku’s signature desserts is a green tea-infused soufflé. This dish may sound more decadent than the average cold and flu remedy, but after all, we all need a treat when we’re ill… Dhs75. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Onions Onions contain anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Perhaps the most famous dish to focus entirely on the humble onion is the classic French soup. Head to Le Classique for a traditional version of this dish, which is both warming and nutritious. Dhs60. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
Parsley We all know vitamin C is key to getting rid of that cold, but if you’re sick of citrus fruits, parsley is also high in vitamin C. An ideal dish that provides your dose of flu-fighting ingredients is Lebanese salad tabbouleh, which is made with plenty of parsley and raw onion. We like the version served at Levantine, a zingy mix that will hopefully help to make you feel better. Dhs38. Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626)