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)

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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.

We Prefer It Simple

I’ve been in an irritable mood this passing week. Mainly infuriated with people who persistently assumes we are wealthy and mighty enough to own luxury cars, high-end homes, jewelleries, and the list goes on…

If you’re one of them, here’s my response to your many assumptions about us…. Oh and answers to your “Why don’t you buy a car? You can easily afford it!”, “Why not reside nearer to the city (pricier rents), no??”.

Is it any of your concern if we prefer spending on taxi/ Metro train rides during our impermanent expat life here?
So what if we’re the minority that rather save and spend within our means and needs??
Does it matter if
we’re happy residing slightly away from the happening and lively expensive town??

Since being in this bling city, many we know – and noticed – splurge on (at least) a luxury purchase. Branded cars, gems, villas, weekly spas, weekly make-overs… All the wants money can buy.

And indeed, like most, we can afford too… But it was never in our veins to overspend and try playing rich to FIT into their ‘celebrity’ lifestyle!

Mainly because we both are, by default, simple contented beings. Period.

Upcoming House Hopping(s)?

Weeks ago, Hubs and I had an interesting snuggly conversation about our recent thoughts of needing to house hop (like 3 times at least) before leading up to our permanent long-term home in New South Wales (Aust).
IF our plan Amazing doesn’t work out as prayed and hoped, plan Backup should smoothen our predictable cosy life here, and if all fails… Migrating back to Oz – to settle down permanently – earlier would suit us best, unless our careers takes either one of us away again.

Sigh, the thought of moving about so much beforehand, can be quite, bothersome!

A Short-Term Housewife, Maybe??

I’ve been pondering for some months now about being a housewife (short-term basis) while we’re here. The husband has been dropping suggestions that he’s happy to have me at home doing my own things, running chores, dishing up his fave foods and other wifey tasks. And even IF i chose not to, he’ll still be contented about it.

Truth is, I’m willing to settle at home for awhile… A tiny breather away from ANY work-related commitments is a definite way to cleanse those dusty brain cells of mine!

As of 2002-2010 the ambitious willful me have been – day and night, month after month -chasing my ‘perfect’ career, and it ain’t easy letting all go. Even for a short period of time. A designer’s salary range depreciates when he/she takes a break, a 6-8 months break is all it takes and you’re back to three quarters –of 8 years- years’ wages. This fact was based on my last research back in 2008. Not sure about 2010 onwards.

And of course I will miss my monthly paychecks for my own personal spending and savings. Though I have an option of either, I’m not even sure which is for the better. But I’m flattered to know that I get to stay home full-time – temporarily – whenever I choose to.

So if I lose/ resign my job any day, I’m thankful that I’ve learnt to place family/friends/church/personal life first.

Ohhh… I suddenly love how unpredictable my life is!

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

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