I have always loved to cook. From ribs, to desserts; French to Asian. Doesn’t matter. Cooking is a form of relaxation and creativity. Last night, Kevin, my husband and sou chief, and I prepared Vietnamese Pho. A warm and hearty combination of chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, scallions, ginger, red onions, cilantro, fish sauce, rice noodles, and homemade chicken broth, topped with fresh mint from our garden.
What an experience! This huge building has everything a fish lover could dream of. First…the selection. Fresh off the boats; every possible type of fish and sea creature. Shark, squid, sea bass, tuna, blue crabs, and prawns the size of small lobsters. Oh yeah, they also had lobster. Second, the cleaning stations. After you make your purchase, you take your catch to one of the cleaning stalls where for 2 Dhs (.58 USD) for them to clean the fish to your specifications. Third…and this is the best part, you take your cleaned fish, or in our case blue crabs and prawns, to one of the many grilling stalls. Here your catch will be grilled, fried, or baked to perfection in about 30 minutes for a cost of 10 Dhs per kilo. The result…beautifully charcoal grilled crabs and prawns.
As soon as our food was ready, we hailed a taxi and hurried home to enjoy our feast. What a treat! Yes, the market smells like fish. Yes, it is noisy. Yes, they speak little English. But the food and experience is so worth it. If you are in Abu Dhabi, you must make the trek to the Mina Fish Market. Bus 54 takes you to the front entrance.
Grill king sized prawns.