A leisurely Friday on the East Coast
If you have never ventured to the East Coast of UAE, you should. Other than beaches and diving, there is so much more to do and share.
According to my own Facebook memories, we have been in Fujairah in every first weekend. One year, we started the New Year watching the sun rise in Fujairah beach but for the past three years (at least), we have started with going to the Oriental Restaurant in Fujairah for our now favourite fix of Indonesian prawn curry. You won't find the prawns on the menu, but they are on the daily special board now. Its run by a Singaporean family and the chef there (I suspect) is from Malaysia because the "Indonesian" curry has a Malay flavour but it could well be Indonesian. Whatever it is, its a concoction of the chef who has been with them for a long time and serves this unctuous dish from scratch with its opulent servings of prawns, okra, aubergine in a thick yellow curry, flavoured with spicy Asian flavours. Sometimes its quite spicy but we eat through our tears. Today's was a tad milder (but do not underestimate the spice) but we enjoyed every mouthful and packed some to bring back to Dubai for the next day. Yep its that good. Its washed down with copious helpings of home-made lemon iced tea and jasmine tea (refilled endlessly). We also had some Salty Eggs crabs - crisp and meaty, accompanied with stir-fried kangkong and mixed stir fry with pak choy. Its a small restaurant and can be quite busy at lunchtime - a lot of people travel to Fujairah like us for a fix of good Singaporean home cooking.
We followed our lunch with a visit to the Kalba Bird of Prey centre for their live displays of the various types of birds of prey found in the region and information around them. It would have been nice if there were some handouts or some audience interaction but it was quite informative and quite amazing to watch the variety of these birds, most of them are on the endangered list, sadly.
We ended the day with a visit to my friend, Carol's garden for a look at her range of edible flowers (she supplies to some of the restaurants here), hugging and petting her two Jack Russells, Sally and Squiggles, and her two tortoises, Saffron & Nutmeg who were "holed" up for the night.
As they say, a change is as good as a holiday. A nice family day out. Highly recommended.