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01 Aug 2015

Meal of the month- Slow cooked beef cheeks in demi-glace

Chef Sudqi Naddaf from the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates shares his delicious beef recipe.


Making it his mission to put Middle Eastern cuisine on the international culinary map, Executive Chef Sudqi Naddaf oversees all kitchen operations at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.

Here the Jordanian chef shares Aspen restaurant’s signature dish, slow cooked beef cheeks in demi-glace…

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 300g Beef cheeks 
  • 50g Carrots
  • 50g Celery 
  • 45g Leeks
  • 150g Demi glaze 
  • 10g Thyme 
  • 10g Tarragon
  • 10g Rosemary
  • 100g Tomatoes
  • 15g Salt
  • 8g Pepper
  • 6g Garlic 
  • 20g Onions
  • 45g Olive Oil 
  • 10g Cajun Spices
  • 30g red or white grape vinegar

 

Preparation: 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
  2. Marinate the beef cheeks with salt, pepper and cajun herbs. Lightly roll each piece of meat in flour. 
  3. Drizzle olive oil into a heavy pan. Once pan is smoking hot, start searing the beef on each side. 
  4. Drizzle a second medium-sized pot with oil. Once the oil is heated, begin caramelising the vegetables starting with onion, carrots, leeks and fresh tomatoes, in that order. 
  5. When the vegetables start to caramelise, pour some red or white grape vinegar into the same pan and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add demi-glace and boil for another 5 minutes. 
  7. Next add the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce and bring to a boil for about 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes the sauce will be reduced. Add the herbs before removing from the heat. 
  9. Pour half of the sauce into an oven tray, then place the seared beef cheeks and the remaining sauce in the pan. Cover with aluminium foil and cook in the oven for 4 hours at 180c until the beef cheeks are soft. 
  10. Serve over saffron risotto.

 

Aspen is located in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

 

 
01 Aug 2015

Best Coffee in Dubai

Ensuring you get your caffeine fix here’s our guide to the best coffee shops while you shop.

Nothing gets us out the house faster than the thought of a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Feel the same? We’ve tried, tested and rounded up the best coffees in the malls to help perk you up while shopping:

 

 

 

 

Starbucks

One of the biggest coffee chains in the world, the highly trained baristas at Starbucks are pros when it comes to brewing the best roasts. We love their huge menu of hand-blended coffees, ranging from icy Frappuccinos to tasty Macchiatos. Visit Starbucks at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.

 

Café Bateel

While this chain began its journey producing gourmet dates across Arabia, it’s now one of the most popular places to grab breakfast with a great cup of coffee. Enjoy your brew with the delicious artisan date cookies. Visit Café Bateel at City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.

 

Caribou Coffee

Indulge in a little bean lovin’ at Caribou Coffee, a quirky coffee house chain sourcing their beans from all over the globe. With large, comfy armchairs and stacks of free reads, this is a cosy spot to while away an afternoon. Visit Caribou Coffee at City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.

 

Barista tip:

Starbucks Coffee Educator Major Cohen reveals his expert tip on how to make the perfect brew at home…

“The general rule for coffee-making is two tablespoons (10g) of ground coffee for each 6oz (180ml) of water. Too few coffee grounds result in over-extracted or bitter coffee. Too many grounds result in under-extracted coffee that does not achieve the full flavour of the blend. Proportion is the most common coffee-making mistake – and the easiest mistake to correct.”

 

 
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