Streetery Food Hall
Time Out Says
Venture inside and you’ll find three vendors knocking up street food from around South East Asia in a shared communal space. It’s not fancy in the slightest, but for that we applaud it – it’s a food hall after all and to truss it up would be pointless.
We’re fans of the charming rusticness, from the tick-it-off paper menus to the DIY review wall, covered in colourful Post-its with recommendations and appreciation for the food we’re about to order. “Try the Malay roti!” one exclaims, and with
due diligence we pause to mark off the appropriate box on Fat Aunt’s menu.
Of said menus there are three – all of which are notably inexpensive. Fat Aunt’s serves up a range of Malaysian and Singaporean favourites including Malay curries (with your choice of meat, potatoes and a rich flavoursome sauce) and Hong Kong cart noodles.
Hing Kee serves up barbecued Thai and Chinese dishes. It’s a precise menu, but from which we order the star of the show. The humbly-titled “soya chicken with rice” is poached in a spiced soya broth and served with rice and a clear chicken soup. It’s phenomenal and warrants an additional Post-it note to the wall, which we happily take upon ourselves to address, along with an ode to the wonderous tofu and veggie dim sum.
Zen serves up spectacular Thai food and has a more extensive menu from which we order soup, quinoa stir-fry and stir-fried tofu, which is quickly devoured, yet appropriately savoured from cute little patterned pots and plates.
Service is friendly and the servers are knowledgable and quick to explain items on the menu as well as the ordering protocall (you order everything at one window and pay all together).
Combine all of the above with a playlist of lively pop music, plus the opportunity to enjoy it all in your comfiest (and stretchiest) shorts and you could very well be in Asia.
And the Malay roti? That Post-it note needs framing.
WHAT IS IT...
A budget Asian food hall in JLT Cluster D
For the phenomenal soya chicken with rice
By Time Out Dubai staff | 13 Jun 2019
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