My love for cooking is an open book. While others have this penchant for reading, shopping, or hitting the gym, there's just this peculiar bliss that I feel every time I'm cooking or baking. But of course there are also times when I'm not in the mood to cook. And in times like this, Mark comes to the rescue.
Oh, no, no, no, he doesn't cook for me, I'd be the happiest if he did! :p But he
"Yay, biryani!" and "Wow, kunafa!" were what I excitedly squealed when I unloaded the package. But my excitement was cut short when Mark corrected me. Apparently, it's not biryani, it's mandi. Oh, so they're different.
While biryani is an Indian dish, mandi is a traditional Yemeni dish. They both have rice, meat, and spices, but I guess what makes them distinct is the method of cooking. I'm no expert in either cuisines, so I will not dig into that. :p
|Chicken Mandi - AED 22|
The rice also didn't have much going on with it (unlike the biryani which sometimes even have cinnamon barks and star anise seeds) but it was surprisingly flavorful. It also came with plain yogurt, lettuce and lemons, and a sauce which resembles a tomato salsa that's less chunky. I love eating it with a dollop of yogurt and salsa. Yummy!
|Kunafa - AED 12|
While the Kunafa didn't quite satisfy my cravings, I fell in love with the Chicken Mandi. Apart from the quality and taste, the serving is generous and it can be shared by 3-4 people. Mark and I just got to finish half of it that night and even had the other half for lunch the following day. A total steal for it's price!
ZAM ZAM MANDI RESTAURANT
Opposite Zabeel Park Gate 3
Near Kalyan Silks, Al Karama
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 (0)4 370 6777
+971 (0)50 996 6918
*Table booking recommended.