5 to try: Weird food in Dubai

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
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).

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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