Deira has become one of my favorites areas to explore. It's uncharted territory leave a lot of room for exploration and adventure! This evening we were curious to try out the Korean restaurant at the new Asiana hotel. This hotel just launched with a repertoire of authentic Asian restaurants representing the far corners of the East. Other restaurants included are Japanese, Chinese, and a Thai/Vietnamese. This hotel has become a destination for anyone looking for Asian cuisine, and now they even have a Kareoke Bar a necessary to maintain the authenticity to the culture.
We began our meal with the traditional selection of Kimchi, a traditional Korean dish made with a variety of spices/seasoning and fermented vegetables such as cabbage, radish, onions, and cucumbers.
I enjoyed the delicious bibimbap a rice dish served in a hot stone pot topped with a raw or fried egg that sizzles and cooks in the bot with the rest of the vegetable and rice medley. It is served with a chilli paste (gochujang) which is mixed into the bowl prior to eating. This dish can be served hot or cold, but I prefer it as a hot meal, Korean comfort food!
The eel was my favorite part of the meal. It was beautifully seasoned with the spicy gochujang and a sweet soy sauce topped with sesame seeds. The tender eel meat was cooked well, and had a nice crispy texture on the outside due to the caramelized sauce, served with pickled ginger and mushrooms, the flavors all balanced well.
The Asiana hotel is located on Salahuddin Street behind the Reef Mall. It's a beautiful space and well worth the quick trip over. Make a "stay-cation" out of the experience by spending the night and exploring everything the area has to offer!