For a lot of us tea drinking, tea loving folk drives are incomplete without a stop for a good cup of tea. In the U.A.E. there is no shortage of street side cafeterias. On another ordinary day, my sister and I decided to visit our dear cousin in Abu Dhabi. With no expectations but with a definite plan to go tea hopping we set off.
Our first stop was at Dar Al Karak & Al Mehala. Their menu had a good selection of tea and mouth watering Emirati snack and desserts.
The tea, food, and service.
First the tea of course. We tried out the hill tea (cardamom milk tea), a lemon tea and a simple black tea. We loved it! The consistency of milk, sugar, and tea was spot on with the hill tea.
Next was the obvious choice. Parata! The Parata cheese Oman chips and the Parata shakshouka. The first is something I have usually when I stop for tea at Al Qasmia Cafeteria, Sharjah. I wasn’t disappointed. The combination with Oman chips is a big weakness for me 😀
‘Shakshouka looks so amazing and mouth watering in pictures. A combination of Shakshouka with Parata sounded interesting and it tasted even better. Well balanced flavors and one portion of this would serve well for a hearty snack and probably for some be enough for dinner.
At tea shops, one of the things that most of us notice is the service. Some tea boys we don’t forget. We probably even make a return trip to the tea shop because of the service. Faces and smiles that add joy to the tea drinking experience. Mohammed Armaan from Lucknow, India.
Jabab. The Al Jabab bread is an Emirati specialty. The dough of the bread is baked like a pancake. It is then topped with delicacies like honey, Nutella, cheese or a combination of the three. The bread was nice and moist. I would have liked it better if the flavor of cinnamon was toned down a bit.
Luqaimat. These little pillowy dumplings are hard to stop at one. And why one? Crisp on the outside and mushy sweet on the inside. They are served hot dipped in date syrup and topped with sesame seeds.An absolute treat which would be hard to resist.
This was a great experience and a place I would definitely be stopping by at whenever I’m in Abu Dhabi next.