A food show for people who're curious about flavours of the East. This show is hosted by Dubai's most gluttonous food tour company, Frying Pan Adventures - fryingpanadventures.com.
Asian Chilli Sauces with the Curious Elephant
Melody Mok behind Dubai's latest chilli sauce range, Curious Elephant, gives us delicious (and some rather strange!) pairing ideas for Asian chilli sauce, oil and sambal.
Vegan West African Food with Veghana
Nana Mancell, the founder of Veghana, helps us discover the versatile vegan options that West African cuisine traditionally serves up.
Easy Plant-Based Switch-Ups with Pumpkin & Kale
Marilyne Defer, the founder and chef behind a plant-based meal plan service called Pumpkin & Kale, shares easy techniques to transform 5 routine dishes into delicious plant-based ones.
Spice Blends by HEARTIGRUB
One of the founding sisters behind HEARTIGRUB, Arti, shares 4 spice blends that can infuse magic into our cooking—and give us tips on how to use spices most effectively in our kitchens.
Asian Pantry Ideas by 1004 Gourmet
Chang Sup Shin, the CEO of the country's most-loved Asian specialty store 1004 Gourmet, shares 5 Asian items that should become pantry essentials.
Cast Iron, Soapstone & Clay with Earth and Ethics
Faiza from Earth and Ethics tells us about 3 traditional cookware materials that must make a comeback in our kitchens: cast iron, soapstone and clay.
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Diving deep into food
I love deep fried because Arva is very knowledgeable about food, the topics are always well chosen, and the experts are interesting.
Dubai Anthropology Masquerading as a Food Show
Most cultural commentary on Dubai appears as if shot by drone: grand, sweeping, careful to note the endless ambitions of the place, but lacking intimacy. "Deep Fried" seems to me like the first attempt to understand the city at street level.
There is so much to look forward to in each episode: the warmth and chemistry between the hosts and their team, bouncing off one another in wildly different accents even though they all probably grew up within 10K of each other; the effort made to understand the origins of dishes and celebrate rather than condemn any reinterpretations; the treatment of food as a portal into a culture and a life; the conviction that eating well has little correlation with eating posh.
A perfect example is the "Vimto" episode- there's a genuine curiosity to get to the bottom of why a random cocktail of mysterious grapes from the U.K. became to Ramadan what cranberry sauce is to Thanksgiving. The hosts are partial to forensic culinary adventures, and tap into a solid network of chefs, restaurant owners and historians to be their shamans.
Dubaians often live as if they're in The Sims, staying within confined zones for dining and experimenting only within reason. This show continuously steps out of bounds. It gives even those like me who grew up there a much broader sense of the city and what it has to offer, both to the palate and to the heart.
This podcast will make you hungry.
In the best way! The Ahmed sisters open a whole world of culinary delights through beautiful storytelling.