My favourite time of the year is round the corner, the Dubai Food Festival! Apart from Etisalat Beach Canteen and Restaurant Week, I’m super pumped for my favourite food truck event of the year – Eat the World! Last year, I had such a fun time at Burj Park, I went twice! Oli Baba’s halloumi fries had both me and F.C. hooked! Check it below.
Last year, they had a mixture of U.K. and UAE based trucks, but this year it’s a mixture of food trucks from the U.K., U.S. and Singapore. Since there are around 25 food trucks there, here’s my pick of the top 5 (in no particular order):
1) Pad thai tacos at The Peached Tortilla
A pad thai taco? Whaaaaat. At Eat the World, you get to savour this over at The Peached Tortilla. This food truck from, Austin Texas is all about tacos and sliders with an Asian-Southern twist. Their loaded kimchi steak fries sound pretty damn fantastic.
2) Funnel cakes from Endless Summer Sweets
Funnel cakes are classically all-American deliciousness. Often found at carnivals, it’s a sugar-y treat that will keep you buzzing. Never personally seen it in Dubai before, but now you can head over to Eat the World and try it!
3) King Prawns a la Plancha from Donostia Social Club
Just because these guys are from the U.K. doesn’t mean they can’t make a mean tapa. Their tapas are inspired by Basque food in Spain, which is a place where the food is simply delectable (At least this is what F.C. tells me). Come to think of it, their halloumi tapas sound pretty good too..
4) Chicken laksa burger by Chef Shen Tan
You read that right. Chicken laksa burger. Whaaaaaaat. This Singaporean/Malay favourite is completely going to be revolutionised by her at Eat the World DXB.
5) Baby Octopus Robata Yak at Sushi and Seoul
Another US- based truck at Eat the World, this truck has sushi and Korean inspired dishes that I am most excited about. The octopus is high on my list, as is the BBQ chicken bao and stuffed avocado.
If you’re kinda missing the trucks from last year, they still have The Other Side (honey butter fried chicken bun anyone?), a bunch of UAE-based trucks, Crabbie Shack (best wasabi mayo on their crab burger EVER) and The Crema Caravan (where F.C. and I have sworn to go get Crema Catalana). The Cheese Truck which was a massive favourite last year is also back.
Some favourable mentions I think include The Bell & Brisket (Bagels with salted beef…their halloumi bagel sounds divine), Bjorn Shen – for their Pink Panther, a very typical Malaysian/Singaporean drink with basil seeds and rose syrup as well as popiahs and mee siams…not to forget the NOLA representations with their po’boys and..ok, I’ll stop now.
Make sure you check out Eat the World this weekend! So much to eat and savour!
About Eat the World DXB
Besides the food trucks, Eat the World is a family-friendly event that also hosts a series of performances, including a celebrity chef theatre, artisanal food market, live music, a traditional Bedouin tent with falconry and fresh Arabic coffee, a children’s zone as well an outdoor cinema featuring a specially curated programme of food-themed films. For more information and tickets for Eat the World DXB 2017, visit: www.eattheworld.ae. Advance tickets cost AED 40, whereas tickets at the door cost AED 50. I’ll be there this Friday (trying to stay on the gut cleanse, more on that later.) and hope to see you guys!
Eat the World is part of Dubai Food Festival that runs from 23rd February to 11th March.