A food show for anyone with a curious appetite. This show is hosted by Dubai's most gluttonous food tour company, Frying Pan Adventures - fryingpanadventures.com.
Loose Leaf Tea 101 with Haiya Tea
We learn about the traditional art of brewing artisanal loose leaf teas with Haiya Mughal, a certified tea sommelier and the founder of her own artisanal tea brand, Haiya Tea in the UAE.
Middle Eastern Style Turkey by Carnistore
We brainstorm ideas to spice up the big bird with a regional twist by calling on Dan and Fix, the dynamic duo behind Dubai's premium butchery and smokehouse, Carnistore.
This episode is a rerun of our interview with them from 2020.
Three Palestinian Dishes with Haya's Kitchen
Haya Bishouty, the young 'grandma' behind a Palestinian supper club in Dubai, shares three traditional Palestinian dishes you have to try.
Spicy Relish with S'Hauce and Banak Kitchen
We dip into jars of spicy relish inspired by flavours of the Middle East, Mediterranean and East Asia. Our guest speakers are two Dubai-based small-batch culinary artisans. Rasha Itani from S'Hauce and Ali Shawwa from Banak Kitchen.
Pelmeni, Vareniki and More with Organic Dumplings Dubai
Yulia Belal, the Russian founder of Organic Dumplings Dubai takes us on a journey from pelmeni to momos, a fascinatingly interconnected world of delicious dumplings.
Udon from Scratch with Maru Udon
We dive into the bouncy world of Japanese Udon noodles with Christopher Gunson, the founder of Dubai's first dedicated udon noodle shop, Maru Udon.
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.