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Introducing the 1st food podcast from Dubai that showcases the food culture, homegrown food artisans and local food stories of the city. Featured on Emirates Airlines inflight entertainment.

Hosted by Arva Ahmed, co-founder of Dubai's original food and culture tourism venture, Frying Pan Adventures -

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Nov 28, 2017

Nazek Al Sabbagh, co-founder of Malleh Gourmet, on elevating salted fish or 'malleh' to a gourmet product; three meat-loving friends behind The Meating Room, a homegrown concept in Karama with a secret lamb chop marinade.

Malleh Gourmet

Malleh Gourmet is a Dubai-born retail concept that is the brainchild of the Sabbagh sisters. Nazek Al Sabbagh and her sister have transformed the time-tested art of salting fish ("malleh") into a gourmet, beautifully packaged product that will appeal to newer generation of Emiratis and to the wider international market. They sell malleh and other preserved fish products, including ground anchovy powder and spiced anchovy sauce, at their retail store in Jumeirah. For more details, visit or connect with them over Instagram: @mallehgourmet.

Market Munchies

Dima's Sharif Eggplant Jam at the Farmer's Market in Bay Avenue, Business Bay. Click here to find the market on Google Maps. Instagram: @farmersmarketme.

The Meating Room

Abdul Hakim, Jacob George and Kieve Pinto talk to us about why they started a restaurant called The Meating Room in Karama. Click here to find them on Google Maps. Instagram: @themeatingroomdxb.

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All music tracks except the one for The Meating Room licensed from Audio Jungle.

Credits and special thanks for The Meating Room track to Neptune (ZA) - Breger Tribute on Sound Cloud.