One night, one meal might be a good name for a (recurring blog) series, but until I can rediscover where most of my photos went, it’ll serve as a reminder to me and everyone else to periodically back up our files!
That said, let’s get to the gist of this post– food. On a recent round-the-world trip, I had a layover in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates). Although I’ve been before, it’s an exceedingly dull place that warrants no return other than to transit for a short time…ok, and to grab a bite.
If you land at Terminal 2 at DXB and don’t want to hail a taxi, the airport just laughs at you as your only other option is a public bus (Terminals 1 and 3 have metro stops, too). As the buses don’t take cash, you have to track down a driver randomly selling a nol transit card, but have exact change otherwise he, too will laugh at you.
Once you’re on board the bus – females and kids in the front, males in the back – take it to near the Fish Roundabout in Deira. Without a doubt, that’s the only part of town I tolerate, and here’s one reason why:
Deira is the older, working-class section of Dubai. That’s where textile, mobile phone and who-knows-what-else traders from around the world swarm; consequently, that’s where their humbler restaurants and cafeterias – as well as cheaper lodging – exist.
Though South Asian eats are plentiful in Deira, as I was on my way to Nepal, I figured a giant spread of ful medames – fava beans with oil and cumin, among other ingredients, fattoush, shawarma, two plates of pickles, and a banana shake would fit the bill. Indeed, it all did.
If you had one night and one meal in Dubai, what would you eat?
That looks like one massive and impressive meal.