Frying Pan Adventures foodie explorers
Varshik, Donna,Kate, Bob & Arva
I always wonder if some really delicious foodie finds are lurking inside. I must confess that I have been tempted but never found the required courage to drop in for a bite.
Arva offer Egyptian Falafel Mahshi
Sitting at the outside tables, the steady stream of evening strollers steal only a brief glance from us as we delve into Egyptian falafel mahshi, made from chickpeas and a special tangy onion stuffing, and Palestinian musakhan, an open-faced chicken pie seasoned with sumac, a Middle East spice with a mild lemony taste.
Intrepidly, I take my first bite. The falafel are a crunchy mouthful and the sumac in the chicken pie is a bit unfamiliar and may take some time and practice to acquire a taste for.
|Kate McClure & Arva present the diet-defying sweets|
|Hot manousheh right out of the oven|
Our plucky group is quickly escorted to the rear of the restaurant, past the men eating in the front, where we are sequestered in a red, white and black Bedouin tent. In traditional restaurants, men and women eat in separate dining areas. Mixed company such as ours is tolerated so long as we stay in our tent.
Varshik eating Bedouin style
Arva, with a comical smirk, states that we must take the first taste Bedouin style with our hands and then she will give us the forks she has brought. We all dive in for the first delicious bite but gratefully use the forks to finish this feast.
Sangak cooking on hot pebbles.
Wedding musicians - the yellow instrument
is an Iranian bagpipe - Ney Anban
Our serendipitous treat for the evening is getting caught up in the Iranian wedding reception happening at Al Abashar.
Nothing like wamdering through old Dubai’s historic neighborhoods discovering rustic ethnic foods with an expert foodie guide! You can book a tour with Arva at Frying Pan Adventures.
Arva, Kate, Bob, Donna and Varshik