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Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot
Nominated for Best Chinese
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When you walk into Xiao Wei Yang, it’s immediately apparent that this is one of Dubai’s hidden gems: the packed restaurant and queue for tables speaks for itself. Choose a soup – which will arrive at the table in a huge metal dish to be placed on top of the hot plate – and pick from an extremely lengthy list of ingredients that includes everything from fish, shellfish, dumplings and almost any kind of meat, to vegetables, noodles, tofu and more. Each selection arrives fresh, vibrant and raw to be cooked at the table. The thin slices of beef, enoki mushrooms and fresh noodles in particular are wonderful; the noodles never venture into soggy, the juicy beef cooks in seconds and the mushrooms have a mildly nutty flavour and just enough bite. Staff are genuinely welcoming and happy to help first-timers with the menu. The venue itself is very basic, but it’s clear that the draw of this restaurant is its sublime food and the fact that it won’t break the bank.
Open daily 11.30am-1am. Baniyas Road, Deira, near Radisson Blu, Dubai Deira Creek (04 221 5111). Other locations: International City (050 151 7228), Dubai Marina (04 421 4650).

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