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Mubarakiyya Food Court

Several people have asked where the Fatayer Man is in Mubarakiyya.

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Here is what the area looks like:
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Here is a GoogleMap of the area (isn’t this amazing? Isn’t GoogleEarth amazing? I can’t believe such great technology is give to us for free. I wish I were smarter, I wish I could put arrows on the map, and stars, but I can’t figure out how to do that . . . yet!

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You will see three lines of white running parallel – those are covers over the walkways in the main part of the souks. There are others, but this is the heart, where they sell vegetables, meat and fish. You walk straight down one of them until you get to the open court – you will see a mosque. In the GoogleEarth photo, you will see a round gold circle – that is the dome.

Just below the mosque, in the photo, you will see restaurant seating areas. The one closest to the entrance to the “food court” is the Malik al Saj, or King of (a particular type of) Bread; it is written on a great big blue Pepsi sign, and there are lots of waiters there eager to seat you. The food is fresh, and very good.

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Now look at the map again. You will see more seating lower in the photo, over to the left. It is just around the corner from the other restaurant areas. This second area is where the fatayer man is. Just go down around that corner, peek into the restaurant areas until you see him hard at work, and then sit in the area just in front of where he is working. If you order tea, in this cold weather, they will bring you a pot with a charcoal heater, to savor while your fatayer is baking.

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You can find these tea-heaters in the souks, too, but don’t use them inside, because they need charcoal, and using charcoal inside is a really bad (as in fatal) idea.

Words you need to know if you are not an Arabic speaker:

Chai – tea
fatayer – a breakfast bread filled with “jibn” (cheese), Halloumi (salty cheese) zatar (thyme-sumak spice mix) or jibn/halloumi wa zatar (cheese/salty cheese with thyme-sumak mix)
shish taouk – marinated, grilled chicken on a skewer
semak – fish (some of the fish served is amazing)
mixed grill – mixed grill :-)

Happy eating! Go while the weather is cool and wonderful!

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January 19, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Hot drinks, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Shopping, Weather | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Always amazes me how you embrace the culture and surroundings, of course with food ;)

    Comment by Purgatory | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m amazed they allow Google Earth in your country. In my Middle Eastern country, the government blocks it. This food looks delicous!

    Expat 21
    “Expat Abroad”
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    Comment by expat21 | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Purgatory is being extra nice…since food is involved. I must admit that the food looks good and you’ve got me craving charcoal boiled tea now….

    Shall we tell Fatayer Man that Intlxpatr sent us? ;) Maybe you have wasta now

    Comment by jewaira | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wow! Fantastic post. I love the photos also. Mubarakiya is one of my very favorite places in Kuwait. I just hope they don’t try to “modernize” it and destroy it. My favorite dish there is “hameesa” from a place called “Saj king”. It is similar to shrimp fajitas. There is nothing like eating a meal there on a cool night in Kuwait.

    I am so hungry right now that its not even funny.

    Comment by Desert Girl | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Purg :-) There are some truly great places in Kuwait to embrace. I am so tired of the second rate wanna-bes like Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays, Lenotre, Pauls, Starbucks – you could be anywhere. And, without a glass of wine or a beer, some of them just don’t translate that well.

    But the Kuwaiti food – oh YUMMMMM.

    Expat – Not only do they allow GoogleEarth, it is high res! Wooo HOOO on Kuwait!

    LLOOLL Jewaira. Yes, I have all this wasta, LOL. It reminds me of the verse in our Bible about the sun shines on the good and the wicked alike. No, I have no wasta. LLOOLLL – he will fix you the same fine fatayer he fixes me, and it won’t cost you any wasta. :-)

    Desert Girl – Me, too. I also hope they never modernize; here, you can catch a glimpse of the Kuwait of yesterday. All the stockbrokers catching a bite before the market opens, the families waiting for Mom to finish before they eat dinner, the young men catching up on all the latest news, the women, fresh from looking for wedding sets. I love it, I love it all.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. I am there every day :)

    Comment by Amu | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. Oh Amu, how funny. Imagine, we have probably both been there and never knew.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 20, 2009 | Reply


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