Words: Shamim de Brún
Chicken Karrage image by @dublinfoodietwins
We have collected some of the most delectable foods being sold in Dublin right now and compiled them into an extensive ol’ list. So here are five things in Dublin this week that we like the look of:
A burger in a Bao. Wow. This mesh of bright purple, pink and orange looks like a crunch sensation. The burger seems full and abundant, even if not quite like the burgers of yore we’re used to. Anyone who has eaten a Bao knows the steamed buns are light, fresh and slightly sweet. Perfect to balance the umami flavours of Asian cooking. This burger-shaped one looks like you could devour it and savour it all at the same time.
Made up of spiced aubergine, Dunany spelt, red kale, labneh, pistachio, pomegranate and mint dressing, this veggie dish looks like it would be a taste explosion and a textural delight. Tandoori is this very spicy seasoning that gives this dish its vibrancy. The cooling mint dressing and the labneh ensure it will round out and balance better than New Balance ever could.
Have you ever seen tiny fish look so tasty? But, of course, tiny fish always mean big ass flavour. And if it’s coming from Michaels, you know it’s going to be a flavour bomb. These bad boys are grilled and ﬁnished with salsa, a squeeze of lemon, a dash of coarse sea salt, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil—simplicity at its best.
This chicken burger looks otherworldly levels of hot damn. Karaage Chicken is a Japanese dish where the chicken is marinated with soy sauce, sake, ginger, and mirin to give a touch of sweetness. It’s also traditionally made from skin-on chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. And now it’s in burger form! If it looks this demolishable, then that’s a hurrah from me. This picture makes me want to devour it whole.
A grilled octopus tentacle has no business looking this good. Octopus is one of those foods many people haven’t tried before because, in theory, it’s off-putting. But in practice, it is munch worthy. When grilled as perfectly as it looks in this picture, octopus is reminiscent of lobster and is far more tender than calamari. It’s one of those meats that takes on the flavour of a dish rather than bringing its own. This one is cooked in a basil soaked traditional Italian stew of onions and sweet peppers. Sounds divine and looks impeccable.