100-year-old eggs, sea cucumbers and more taste oddities
Sea cucumbers China Sea: These are a delicacy in many south-east and east Asian countries, but, as one Time Out staffer described them, ‘they look like big, spiky tu…’. Actually, we’ll let you judge their appearance for yourself. Al Maktoum Street, Deira (04 295 9816).
Nkhaat pane Sarai: Nkhaat pane is brain – fried lamb’s brain. It is actually quite good: the breading on the brain is thin and crispy, but, being brain, the texture is glandular and slimy. Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bahar, Dubai Marina (04 438 0640).
Lamb testicle hot pot Xiao Wei Fang: It’s hot pot. With lamb testicles. Despite its somewhat quirky components, the meat is so drowned in bubbling oil and spice that you (thankfully) can’t tell the testicles apart from any other cut of meat. Deira (04 221 7177).
Balut Time Out has it on good authority that there’s a man selling balut from the back of his car outside Al Attar shopping mall in Karama, However, Google ‘balut’ and it’s unlikely you’ll want to tuck into this somewhat unsightly snack.
100-year-old eggs JoyBean Café: Served with a hot bowl of chicken or duck congee, 100-year-old eggs are preserved in ash, salt, lime and rice husks and stare up at you from the bowl like big black eyes. They taste like eggs, but smokier and with a jelly-like consistency. Trust us – they’re not bad! Dhs40. Dusit Princess City Centre Dubai, Deira (04 209 5000).
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chris Dec 23, 2010 11:24 am
I can't help but feel that you're being culturally insensitive by writing this article. How could you classify a nation's (any nation) delicacy as "weird food"? I bet there are many non-Westerners who would at the first glance look at some of Western cuisines with disgust as well, but I thought living in Dubai should make one more culturally aware and educated instead of looking at everything outside his community disrespectfully. How about using the term "unique" instead?
Joan Dec 16, 2010 07:12 pm
the 100 year old eggs cost DHS 40? but you can get 6 of those eggs for less than DHS 10 in a chinese shop. I ate a type where a dressing is poured onto it, some soy sauce, a little chinese vinegar and chopped ginger. And it was delicious though it might be a bit strong, so you could hae it with rice and other chinese dishes. That's in my opinion.
Matt Dec 14, 2010 08:18 am
You could get Balut at the Filipino on plant street opposite the Iranian Hospital. Probably still can.