Dubai EatOuts #148: XIAO WEI YANG

Woot! Thanks to husband’s colleague, we found a Chinese steamboat (Hotpot) restaurant… Authentic too!! 

The hot bubbly soup experience, dunking fresh ingredients, the smell of herbs and noisy chit-chatters reminds me of home…

                 
          
                         

Although the owners are from China, they do speak basic english which comes handy for non-chinese customers. And i get to put my Mandarin into good use too (thanks to my primary education in Singapore).

You know it’s authentic when crowds of Chinese families flood in after 8pm, chatting and slurping with hunger.

But the one thing missing, was my all time favourite saltish/savory diluted chilli sauce to dip.

Looks boring on the outside?
Bah! It’s about their flavourful herbal soups and the bubbly experience that matters!

Including 2 soft drinks, one large bottle of water, we (six of us) spent Dhs308… Mmm!

XIAO WEI YANG
Location: Baniyas Road, Deira (Same street as Radisson Blu hotel)

Dubai EatOuts #147: BARRIO FIESTA

I’ve never really tried Filipino cuisine/ cooking much. Upon reading an article in the local papers (early this year i think) about a newly opened authentic Filipino restaurant, i insisted to go and taste!

We’ve been regulars, dining in Barrio Fiesta eversince! Great service, meals fresh out of the kitchen consistently, thick rich gravies and the HUGE portion!

     
                        
        

I delibrately zoomed into the large chunks of vegetables and meat, burps!

This place always reminds me of home… Asian faces, cooking style and ingredients!

We ordered:
1 pot of beef soup
1 stir-fry beans,pumpkin and tofu dish (with shrimp and coconut sauce/gravy)
1 medium sized bowl of rice to share
2 Lemon juice

Total bill was Dhs76.

We’ll always be back.


BARRIO FIESTA
Location: Burjuman Mall, Bur Dubai

Note: Barrio Fiesta entrance photo (top left) taken from google images.

Dubai EatOuts #146: CARLUCCIO’s @ Dubai Mall

Weeks ago, we had a delicious breakfast experience in Carluccio’s, and because of their courteous and quality meals i decided to return, at The Dubai Mall outlet instead, for lunch.

I enjoyed lunching at THIS restaurant much more, spacious seating layout and wider food varieties.
Walking into the weekend crowd, we chose a table towards the corner… A window seat overlooking the 30-acre Burj Khalifa lake… Nice!

          
          
          

We ordered
1 Lasagna
1 Mushroom Risotto
1 Green Tea
1 Cappuccino
Total= Dhs160.

Love their rich monstrous portions (IMO)!

CARLUCCIO’s
Location:
Dubai Mall (LG level)

Dubai EatOuts #145: CREEKSIDE

Japanese cuisine is one of my favourite food likes. From their delicate ways of sushi preparation to Teppanyaki live cooking!

As i was craving for an affordable authentic Japanese restaurant… Good reviews (mainly their buffet) i read recently led us to try CREEKSIDE, with hopes of a good a la carte dining experience. 

Upon strolling towards the entrance, we were greeted with warm friendly smiles. Their crisp menu ranges from Appetizers to Bento sets, which   -i’m sure- satisfies any Japanese diners out there.
Hubs and i totally enjoyed the cosy decor/ ambience, prompt polite service and, especially their handsome portions. 

We ordered 2 set menus  (Tori Teriyaki Teishoku and Chicken Katsu Curry), served with Miso soup and Pickles. Both sets were cooked-to-order which was the reason it took about 15-ish mins to arrive. Not forgetting the complimentary savory appetizer that came before our mains.

And oh, noticed the generous chunks of seaweed in my Miso Soup? Mm mmm!

  
      
  

Inclusive a pot of tea to share, the bill came to Dhs 208. It was worth every Dirham spent!

We’ll be returning to try their buffet deals someday.

CREEKSIDE
Location: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, Baniyas Street/Creek Road

Hello Thursday!

Happy Thursday people! Can’t believe weekend’s tomorrow… Sorta glad this stiff week skipped by without much fuss.

I was about to snuggle into my Thursday when, the many (usual)oogling perverts dampened my cheery mood!
You walk by them, they stare, you cross the road, they oogle… Argh!!

Sadly, it’s ‘normal’ here to be stared/ oogled at wherever you go, even when I’m decently dressed! Such filthy behaviour! My guess is they have never seen an average looking woman in their life… Tragic.

Though many wouldn’t mind the stares, I SO mind! Btw, there’s a difference between a quick glimpse and oogle alright, I KNOW how to differentiate.

And I’m wondering if anyone can be sued for visual harassment??

Oh, IF only I was ‘allowed’ to stab their eyeballs from afar!

Thursdays… Aaah.

Dubai EatOuts #144: NOODLE FACTORY

Okay, my Thai eat-and-review plan changed. Wasn’t that energized to explore much today.

So instead, i decided on NOODLE FACTORY to satisfy my noodle soup cravings. This is our fourth time lunching here… And i’m still addicted to their tasty Asian menu! 
On my first NOODLE FACTORY eat-and-review, we had Indo Nasi Goreng and M’sian Char Kwoey Teow.

      
      
                         

This time we had:
1 Wanton Soup
1 Still Water (to share)
1 Egg Noodles with Lemongrass and Chicken
1 Banana Fritters (to share)!

Total bill was Dhs105, another worth-spending eatout.

NOODLE FACTORY
Location: Dubai Mall (Grd level)

It’s Tuesday!

I LOVE Tuesdays because it’s half-way through the week (as per UAE’s weekly calender). Phweet!

Hmm, a warm stiff day to plan what to eat-and-review this weekend.

Dubai #141: 18 Months Crawled By

Time crawled by for us since we stepped foot onto Dubai. Experiencing it’s ups and downs on both my career and life in general was, somewhat challenging in an upbeat way.

Firstly, the necessity to learn and adjust to another’s culture and their behaviours can be awkward initially, but interesting at the same time.
A chunk of my site-supervision job scope is to coordinate with contractors and Engineers of different nationalities/ races. Back home, it was either Chinese, Malays, Indians or Indonesians. Over here, i had to communicate with various citizens from Turkey, Iran, Palestine, Egypt, Pakistan, China, Iraq, Syria, Philipines, Britain, Morocco… Basically the ‘entire’ globe working together to complete this relatively large project!

If you didn’t already know, Dubai is a city filled with expats of numerous countries. Therefore it is vastly common to discuss/ chat/ dine/ work with professionals coming from different parts of the world. Career exposure-worthy indeed, I’m SO thankful for!

Secondly, as of last Sept 2009, the husband has been working amazingly well in his field with an European company, a fruitful pay package/ benefits, an understanding Danish boss and the flexiblity to express his creative ideas anytime. A dream job he always craved. Mmmm… Blessings in such times like this…

And lastly, being able to enjoy married life in this bling city, alone, has increased our love and trust in each other to the next level. Yes, i’m happily married to a humble, un-flashy, steady man!

In fact, i’m happy to repeat how I’m loving our blessed, favoured -not overly wealthy- life… To some point of not wanting to leave Dubai anytime soon.

Here’s a note to self, every circumstance/ trial happens -In God’s timing- for a reason, and having walked through them with Godly wisdom and faith, i can’t help but praise Him deeper!

Just Random Me

Here i am posing happy about our upsy-daisy life in recent years. Blissful in ways i casually imagined, hopeful thoughts, treasured memories of the many subtle blessings that bloomed our circumstances -for the better- and, thinking out loud about kids and all that.

                       

Btw, here’s an updated photo of my new hair-cut! Loving the short bangs all over again…

Oh My Head Hurts!

With so much recent drama at work, i couldn’t help feeling brain heavy!

I’m glad weekend is here, which helps -at the least- to reduce unecessary fretting and concerns. Hmmph…
I seriously hope this dramatic episode sorts itself out next week or so.

Oh, here’s today’s weather news:
Hot and heaty at 46 degrees (real feel) This increasing heat is suppose to start in July, NOT June! Tooo soon…

Why I Crave Saturdays

Now that we get to chill out together much more during Saturday mornings… Reading the local paper, deep discussions about everythings and sipping our fave Cappuccino and English Breakfast Tea! Aaah… I always want my work weeks to swoosh by instantly!

               
Mmmm…

But here’s an honest dilemma.
I’m still under the uncertainty mode of what’s tomorrow may be.

So, enjoying what we have, is the best thing to do!

Dubai EatOuts #138: DUCK KING (I)

Duck has always been my favourite bird… Roasted, barbequed, fried, it’s all my likes! Unlike here, roasted duck rice/ noodles are popular among Malaysians and can be found almost anywhere, hawker centres, restaurants/ foodcourts in the malls…

Duck King‘s layout in Mirdif City Centre is more casual compared to it’s main branch located in Jumeirah. Similar menus, chinese cooks and waitresses. Quality interior and ambience, as usual.
Been here three times, and so far, am happy with their portions, tastiness and service.
Their menu ranges from Dim Sums, dry/soup noodles, seafood and many more chinese-styled dishes!



We ordered:
1 BBQ Char Siew Noodles (Dry)
1 BBQ Roasted Duck Rice
1 Ice Peach Tea
1 Cappuccino
1 Siew Mai (Dim Sum)
Total bill = Dhs 120. Burpily Affordable!

Duck is considered an expensive cuisine here, i mumble grumbled paying this much when i can have them easily for RM5-10 per plate of duck rice back home. Bah!

Their Dim Sum’s the best i’ve tried by far. Juicy, solid fillings and delicious! Looking forward to return and taste their Dim Sum varities.
Oh and the best part is i get to order my food in Mandarin! Well, mostly English and quarter Mandarin actually.

Duck King
Location: Mirdif City Centre

Dubai EatOuts #135: HotPot/ Steamboat

Back in KL, having steamboat for dinner was common, and can be found almost anywhere, by the streets, restaurants, malls…

Here in UAE, it’s a RARE find (or maybe i haven’t searched enough). Been here for nearly 17 months, the one place i tend to have them is at a nearby mini kiosk in a rundown mall down the street. Owned by a Chinese, it’s labelled ‘hotpot’ instead of steamboat. Not sure why, but perhaps a better description for non-asian expats.

IMO, it tasted average, the soup seemed tasteless but healthy. 

Hmm… For Dhs35 (cheap!), better than no hotpot at all *wink*

     
                      

As you can see, similar varieties to any steamboat in KL, EXCEPT the TINY pot!! Stuffing in as many ingredients was difficult, therefore needing at least 4 rounds to fill myself up! Grrr…

Btw, i managed to search for another steamboat place in Deira (while googling), so i hope to check it out this weekend or next.

Dubai EatOuts #133: MANGO TREE

I was feeling spendthrift on food and decided to try the newly opened Thai restaurant in Mirdif City Centre. This Mango Tree eatery is the smaller version of the pricier branch in Souk Al Bahar.
As usual, i am always intrigued by the interior, food presentation and their customer service.

Photos below:

                
                
                 
         
   

Here’s my review:

Ambience: Sleek and Cosy
Food: Overall 6/10.
The Pad Thai noodles was a disappointment, too salty and oily. Spring rolls was delicious! Sweet & Sour chicken was average.
Price: Expensive!

Honestly, being Asian, i had tasted better Thai cuisine back in Kuala Lumpur, to pay Dhs147 for such quality will be my last, UNLESS this is the only Thai restaurant around.
I’m not surprised if they silently charged the sleek interior into our bills!

Mango Tree Bistro
Location: Mirdif City Centre (Mirdif)
 

Dubai EatOuts #131: MORE Cafe

Hubs and i tend to wake up late on weekends, so for us to catch a decent full-on american breakfast past 10.30am, can be difficult.

Then i remembered browsing Timeoudubai online (days ago) that wrote good food reviews about More Cafe.
To know if it’s as good, i decided to check More out.

                     
               
               
               
               

Indeed, their breakfast portions were generous and so worth every penny spent! When the menu reads ‘3 eggs omelette’ (i chose plain omelette), it’s believable! Many cafes we went to couldn’t beat More’s Cook-the-Talk serving!

Including our favourite morning must-haves Cappuccino and English Breakfast Tea, the bill came to Dhs92… Yummay!

You’ll see more of us spending time in this relaxed cosy cafe over and over again…

MORE Cafe
Location: Mirdif City Centre (Mirdif)

Dubai #130: Shop&Out (Mirdif City Centre)

Mirdif City Centre is a newly opened mall located in Mirdif (few months new), and it was my activity to check it out today! It takes about 10 mins from Bur Dubai (our place) and Dhs35 taxi fare.
Basically, Mirdif mall is of similar concept to Deira City Centre except that it’s double the size and much more food and shopping varieties! Engrossed with the lofty spacious interior too!

I just love how malls in UAE are creatively designed to its maximum, even the toilets! Always exuding quality for their tourists/expats and locals.

Watch this space for second, third and more rounds of shopping/ food posts from this mall during the summer season!

Here are the photos (only a small fraction of the overall mall)!

             
                  
              
              

Summer is Here

I remembered complaining last year about how i dislike summer in UAE, and upon entering my second summer here, i’m still hating it!

Now’s the time to commence moisturizer and sunscreen shopping.
Did i mention that dry skin develops all over my nose during this dry and heaty season? Peel, Ick, Peel!!

Dubai #128: Affordable Second Hand Cars

Hubs and I were flipping through the local classifieds and noticed cheap second hand car ads! Jaguar (newer models) for Dhs15k (AUD4k, RM13k) Kia for 12k, and more.
Not that surprising really, when expats have to leave their redundant job at an immediate notice, any selling price is better than not earning monies back at all.

Looks like we can slowly ponder on owning a car IF all things goes well here by year-end *wink*

Downsizing

So, the company has been downsizing employees (as expected) since March. That means, at any moment my dept will be swept away within a day itself. Eek!

Nah, am not scared nor worried, because we’ll still be staying in this city tad longer under hubs’s visa (spousal visa), its just that i have to look for new work or maybe be a short-term housewife, move out to a new apartment and more.

It’ll be my first being laid-off IF i’m picked. I actually look forward to KNOW when’s my turn so to move forward and act on our plans! Woot!

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