Travelling Tummy : St Catherine & Israel

continuing on my travel in Israel and surroundings, we went to the little town called St Katrin (at the foot of Mt Sinai) and spent only one night there. but on the way, made a pit stop in Mara (known for the bitter well in the time of Moses) – and eventhough it was scorching hot (well, it WAS in the desert…) didnt stop the people there from cooking good food! this set truly reminded me of Indonesian cooking of coconut rice with fried chicken.

oh, i have to say this – these are probably the best fried potatoes i’ve ever tasted! sooo tasty! it was not oily and not too salty. just perfect!

in st katrin, we stayed in one out of the only two hotels there. as i mentioned before, the food was pretty decent. obviously Egyptians have a keen sense towards spices and flavours which i believe make the ‘plain’ dishes more interesting

i have to admit that it does look like plain rice and some bits of chicken, but the lighter-colored rice (mix with shredded carrots) is actually ‘salad’ – it had quite the vinegar-y and refreshing taste.

after st katrin, we got on our way to Israel, and we made a pit stop at this small Chinese-Korean restaurant in Nuweiba, it’s called Han Kang Restaurant. apparently the restaurant is quite famous around the area – even advised by TripAdvisor too!

and finally, arriving in Jerusalem that night! got treated with lots of food due to the holidays season at the time… nomnomnommm~

and of course, gotta love the exotic fruits and tasty desserts provided too :)

 

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[Travelling Tummy] Dubai & Egypt

i would like to remind you firstly that i DID NOT go on a culinary tour (although i now wish i did), i actually went on a pilgrimage around Israel and it was a very interesting trip- both culinary and spiritual wise.

unfortunately, i also did not have the time to try the authentic cuisine like i promised myself i would. i did, however, get to try some local dishes that were quite delicious.

let’s start in Dubai. to be honest, i wasnt expecting much in Dubai. the town is not known for its local cuisine but it was still delicious nonetheless! and also, you too will eat anything after 2 rounds of airplane food on an 8-hour flight…

these salads were quite ‘herby’ if that’s even a word. i tasted a lot of pungent and earthy flavours despite looking like any regular salad you see everyday in any regular salad bar.

i saw a lot of these during my trip there. rice mixed with lentils/peas and olive oil – quite the combination! eventhough the rice looks dry, it was actually quite fluffy. and the local’s take on fried chickens were quite amazing, of course packed with pungent flavours and crispy coatings :)

and on our first night in Dubai, we were taken to the middle of the desert for dinner! yep, complete with some belly dancing too.

looks very simple yet very yummy! i think this might be the best one i’ve had during the whole trip- i dont know whether it’s the whole desert experience or the food was that good, but i enjoyed this ‘set meal’ i got – chicken kebab skewer, lamb kebab skewer, turmeric rice and some stewed ocra. and of course i have to try the pita bread and hummus!

now, EGYPT!!

i didnt really have a good experience while i was there and that includes the food. i didnt know why we were having Korean in Egypt. a question i still ponder upon until today. good thing i was staaaarving so i just ate whatever’s given to me.

the taste was as bland as it looks. the side dishes were okay. the chicken was tasty. and the beef dish that was supposed to be bulgogi was quite bland.

i promise you there are better dishes to come! here’s a sneak peak :)

Travelling Tummy Update

finally got the time write some things down! i am NOT neglecting this blog, no no.. i have been busy catching up with work and just when i get the chance to update this space, my internet got disconnected! we’re moving providers and there’s gonna be some void period for transition so yeah, i’m forced to update this space via my trustworthy iPhone :)

i have just finished travelling halfway around the world- around middle eastern/meditteranean area to be exact and eventhough i didnt exactly ‘eat’ my way through those exotic destinations, i did manage to try some local offerings and loving it :)

hopefully i will get a decent connection soon and share with you some delicious delicacies i stumbled upon but until then…

:)