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March 27, 2016 / Egyptian / By
Anna

There are regional specialties that are represented in the restaurants in the old part of Dubai (Deira, near the Dubai Creek) and I am concerned that a lot of tourists do not try these places because they stick to the malls. I know I was cautious the first time I went to Egypt and I now know that I missed some great food experiences. I was even more cautious the second time, as there had been soccer riots the night before I flew into Cairo. But Dubai is very safe and you can explore the small streets and food outlets with confidence. For an Egyptian experience in Dubai, try Soarikh on Rigga Road. It is an Egyptian experience that my daughter-in-law introduced me to. On my own, I probably would have walked right past it, as it is a small shop with a few chairs out in front,  and nothing special about its appearance, but it will serve you up delicious and authentic local Egyptian cuisine. It is not a place where you will find tourists, but that's not a warning; it's a recommendation. You can read more and see more pictures here.

They specialize in making a type of Egyptian pizza called feteer. Half the fun is watching it being made. As I watched it, I was reminded not just of pizza bases being twirled into perfection but also a dish I used to eat with my children in Malaysia call murtabak. Murtabak was a thinly worked dough – basically a large Indian roti - stuffed with cooked vegetables and served with a curry gravy. I think it was, in fact, an Indian dish originally.

Feteer is also based on a thin dough that is folded and wrapped. It is this folding and wrapping that makes both feteer and murtabak different from pizza. Also, I think they are both unleavened. Feteer actually features a worked and folded piece of dough containing the filling, which is placed inside a huge thin sheet of dough. That thin sheet is then folded over it all and into the oven it goes. The feteer I tried had bastruma (beef pastrami), cooked vegetables and cheese in it.

It is quite firm and as you bite into it, the layers of dough are evident with the filling in the middle. In this way, it is a lot like murtabak but murtabak has a lot of oil on each layer.

Feteer is served with a spicy sauce, which is red and probably has quite a lot of chilli in it. I did not find it tooo hot and my tolerance for heat has gone down lately as I have not been working on it. Chilli seems to be like that; you use it or lose it.

 

Soarikh

Country: United Arab Emirates

Province/State: Dubayy

City: Dubai, Deira District

Address: Al Rigga Road

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: Beside the Port Saeed Mosque, very close to Al Rigga Metro Station

Phone: 04 250 0115

Website:...

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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