Food obsession: Tsukune at Bento-Ya
With that first bite, I lapsed into a Ms Universe moment - those seconds when the winner of the beauty pageant is finally announced and dainty hands flutter instantly to the shocked winner's face - a face contorted with surprise, disbelief, joy - a face that may even have the faintest tear trickling down one cheek.
I experienced that moment mentally, intellectually and, yes, spiritually.
If you order the meatballs in a bento box like I did, you get them served on a bed of crunchy hair-like strands of shredded cabbage (or was it lettuce? Someone dissect the gobsmacking crunchiness behind that veggie hair for me please). And lest you need to dip every teriyaki-drenched meatball morsel in more teriyaki sauce, they provide a little extra pool of it, with a spot of pungent mustard for an added kick. Everything else in that bento box - the cold, sweetish noodles, tamago, creamy potatoes, pickled radish - was also excellent. But the meatballs stole the show and had me applauding for an encore.
If you order the meatballs as a starter, they arrive on skewers with a dipping sauce of raw egg yolk - a side that may well remain an untouched shadow of the magic teriyaki sauce that the meatballs are showered in. Make sure you ask them for extra sauce on the side when you order the starter because this isn't gloop they pour ready-made out of bottles, this is the real, made-in-the-moment deal.
Dh15 as starter; Dh35 as main. Bento-Ya, 04 343 0222, behind Skechers shoe shop, Sheikh Zayed Road.
YArva Ahmed, the blogger behind www.iliveinafryingpan.com, writes about ethnic eats in Old Dubai
Published: May 10, 2012 04:00 AM