Hala Sweets is an Iranian sweets shop in the Al Mizhar Mall in…um, Al Mizhar. Located opposite Al Farsi Iranian restaurant where I was having dinner, its interior won’t win any interior design awards. That said, it was clean and cool. The owner, a young Iranian lady (named Hala perhaps), sat outside surrounded by boxes of her sweets and confectionaries. Having stumbled upon the place by accident my fellow food adventurers and I decided to try the Faloodeh and Noon Khamei (cream puff pastry), both of which we were assured were made in-house. My reference in Dubai for both has always been @afrinasweets. Hala’s cream puffs were good but not a patch on Afrina’s; hers uses a heavier, flavoured cream filling whereas Afrina’s is a light, fluffy cream that tastes of nothing more than what it is. The Faldoodeh, however, was close. So close that I would feel uncomfortable taking a blind test. Other than these two, I am not really a big of Iranian sweets but that shouldn’t stop YOU from trying them, especially with the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, coming up in a couple of days – Halal Sweets has all the specials for this occasion. Give it a try if you’re in the area.
Xerxes (pronounced Zûrk’seez) – Food Adventurer Extraordinaire – Shamelessly Exploring the Boundaries of Gluttony
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