Although Din Tai fung is famous for its Xiaolong bao aka soup dumplings, but you can’t miss the egg fried rice here, every light and fluffy grain of rice is covered with egg, but not too salty nor the odd taste. egg and each bite is consistent! Pair it with chicken cutlets that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and you are in heaven. There are three outlets in Dubai at the Al Ghurair Center, the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Mall. A great idea is to combine it with a lunch break with a day of shopping.
CHICKEN RICE MAI BAO HAINANESE, DELHI
This dish of juicy steamed chicken and rice with ginger and garlic cooked in the same pan served with a hot chili sauce is the unofficial dish of Singapore. Chef Jeremy Nguee, a prominent Singaporean chef, cooks Singapore street food in a modern avatar at Mai Bao on DLF Avenue in Saket, Delhi and his version of Hainanese chicken rice would even give the Maxwell Hawker center a run. For his money, it’s also because he believes in bringing people together and creating memories through his culinary philosophy.
PAELLA CASA DE VALENCIA, MADRID
When you try paella in many restaurants, you’ll quickly find that this one-pot dish is improved upon by enjoying it the traditional way. At Casa De Valencia in Madrid, they believe in the point of view of “too many cooks spoiling the broth”, in making paella and one person is responsible for making sure the cooking is just perfect. Traditionally, a paella has included chicken, rabbit, vegetables, rice, garlic, saffron, salt, and paprika, and what makes it special is the slow simmer.
NASI GORENG, WESTIN NUSA DUA, BALI
The most common Indonesian dish and without a doubt a healthy option. Nasi translates to rice and Goreng translates to fried. So basically, you prefer fried rice for meat, vegetables, and eggs. Topped with shrimp crackers and a fried egg and a little satay on the side … divine! But what sets it apart at the Westin is its fragrant, earthy flavor thanks to the generous shrimp paste and sweet soy sauce added to it as well.
MORNING GLORY XOI NGU BAG, HOI AN
This sticky Vietnamese rice dish comes in five different colors obtained from various leaves from the forest. Since locals extract these leaves from medicinal trees, Xoi Ngu Sac is also a dish said to be excellent for health. It’s sticky, sweet, and has a nice flavor and is cooked the same way as sticky rice, except it takes a little longer to dry. Interestingly, red symbolizes fire, black is water, green is wood and yellow is earth and white is metal.
– Rupali Dean is a Delhi-based food writer