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.
12: Coffee in Your Cooking with RAW Coffee
The 'grandmother' of Dubai's specialty coffee scene, Kim Thompson from RAW Coffee Company, shares why even a non-coffee drinker might want a stash of beans in their pantry.
Palestinian Za'atar & Cheese Manousheh with Mama'esh
We visit our favourite Palestinian bakery Mama'esh to make a fresh za'atar and cheese manousheh with the Palestinian baker, founder and Managing Director, Hussam Hasan El Batta.
Bone Broth with the Broth Lab
We learn the nutritional secrets and top tips for grandma-style bone broth with Hadil Khatib, the founder of The Broth Lab.
Tres Leches with 3L Pastelerias
We chat with the granddaughter of a woman who started a Tres Leches dynasty back in 1982 in Mexico City. Alicia Silva shares how she's bringing her grandmother's luscious milky cakes to her current home, Dubai.
Sumac with Mooneh LLC by Dima Sharif
Replay from Season 1: Chatting about the ingredient 'sumac' with Dima Sharif, the founder of Mooneh LLC.
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.
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.