Abu Dhabi is currently showcasing itself as a top gastronomic destination with the return of Street Feast, part of the 19-day Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) which runs until December 23. Running over two consecutive weekends in two key locations, the caravan of food trucks and pop-up restaurants are sweeping the city to please every palate, offering the best of classic local and international street food.
Abu Dhabi Corniche, Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, Abu Dhabi Airport and Maryah Island are just some of the locations where food trucks are setting up shop to offer over 150 different food options during ADFF. Street Feast will be the biggest food truck festival in the UAE and we thought it only fitting to give you a selection of 10 food trucks to check out during the festival…
Fancy visiting a Michelin-Star restaurant? Then head to Rhong Tiam for some flavoursome Thai cuisine where sweet, salty, spicy and tart elements all come together. Chef Andy Yang’s passion for fresh and healthy ingredients ensures that the food served has both organic and gluten-free options.
The one-of-a-kind spiral cut potato that has been served up since 2010. What makes the food so special is the utmost care in the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Each potato is hand-picked, hand-cut and crafted onto a bamboo skewer and fried to golden perfection. For non-carb eaters, they also offer sweet potato, zucchini, sausages, gourmet chili and melted cheese.
If wholesome burritos, crispy nachos and cheesy quesadillas are to your liking, then this is one place not to miss! Calle Tacos offers traditional Mexican cuisine but with a fresh twist. Customers can choose proteins, toppings and sauces to customise their meals as per their liking. Their homemade salsas come directly from the owner’s hometowns of Jalisco and Distrito Federal, Mexico and add extra gusto to their dishes.
Their name is derived from the traditional baozi or bao: fluffy white steamed buns served with a variety of fillings and preparations. The Baozi offers a fusion of Asian cuisine with a southern twist. Their traditional baos are combined with beef short ribs, kung pao chicken, pulled pork bbq and Korean soy bbq to create an explosion of flavours.
Ice Cream Lab:
Have a sweet tooth? Look no further than the Ice Cream Lab. This LA-based ice cream shop uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze different natural ingredients, resulting in fresh, creamy, flavourful ice creams. With new and exciting flavours like salt lick crunch, chocolate kiss lemon, watermelonade and coffee brittle, you’re sure to find one that suits your palate. They even have vegan flavours in vanilla and chocolate, specially made with coconut milk.
Shmokins’ Low & Slow:
Known to provide a delicious barbeque experience, Shmokin’s Low & Slow have mastered the art of controlling heat and smoke. Their succulent ribs and juicy beef briskets are made from certified Black Angus, smothered in their secret spice rub and smoked for up to 12 hours over charcoal and hickory woods.
What sets a pizza apart? Hand-kneaded crust, light and crispy base, GMO-free flour? If your answer was yes to all of the above then look no further! Pinza has enhanced the pizza game with its low-calorie, healthy pizza dough that it no longer even classifies as a pizza – it is in a class of its own. They use a special blend of sourdough, soy flour, rice flour and whole wheat flour to create uniquely healthy and irresistibly tasty food.
She is from India, he is from Lebanon, and together they have combined street food recipes passed down over four generations. While redefining street food, The Shebi brings together a culinary mix of different cuisines, offering a delicious variety to its customers such as Lebanese chicken shawarma in Indian paratha, falafel pita pocket and homemade butter chicken shawarma with cumin rice.
Paying tribute to the cities of Goa and Dubai, the passion for street food, culture and spices exudes from every bite of this eatery’s delicious menu. They have an exciting variety of Portuguese-influenced dishes with a modern twist. Don’t miss out on the chicken tacos or beef chorizo sliders, but be careful – they take their peppers very seriously!
Melt Frozen Yoghurt:
Melt has found a way to bring to you high quality, healthy and guilt-free sweet treats. Their frozen yoghurts are made using fresh skimmed yoghurt and fresh milk. They also serve a special blend of ice lollies that are made using only 100% fresh fruit. While there, do try their ‘Dairy Free Coconut Mylks’ which are dairy-free, gluten-free, nut and soy-free.
GO: Visit www.abudhabifoodfest.ae for more information.