ginger and wee scotch

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Ginger and Scotch are two expats that have been living in Dubai since 2007.

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Ginger (that’s me!) is Chinese-American, was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in New York City. I enjoy travel, scuba diving, and of course, food and photography.

Growing up, my mom cooked Vietnamese and/or Chinese food every night. Family get-togethers usually meant making a huge pot of Vietnamese chicken with vermicelli soup and wrapping 100+ of my mom’s popular Vietnamese spring rolls.

It wasn’t until I entered high school in Manhattan, when I eschewed school lunches in favor of the surrounding Upper East Side eateries, that I discovered there was more to food than just the two cuisines I grew up with.

My biggest food breakthrough was finally liking bleu cheese, thanks to my husband Scotch, but it took him 5 years of trying every combination to make it palatable to me – it was the lavender honey and Roquefort combination that finally did it. Now, I like my bleu the stinkier the better.

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Scotch hails from (where else?) Scotland and often has to suffer through me eating all his food when he’s not looking. He loves cigars and has an affinity for all things alcoholic – especially (you guessed it!) Scotch. His favorite is a Springbank that has been aged for 50 years.

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In December 2009, a new gourmand, Wee Scotch, was born into our family. He has an appetite on par with mine so by the age of 1.5 years, he’d already eaten lobster mac and cheese, salmon sashimi, bleu cheese, and much of my Ginger and Scotch creations.

I think he’s the cutest thing on earth and I enjoy taking photos of him eating everything in sight.

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This blog is mostly about our life in Dubai and since I think about food pretty much all the time, it will most certainly be food-centric.

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Oh, and all recipes and photos are our own unless otherwise stated. Please do not use them without permission or without linking them back to this site.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Christian May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Really love it, congratulations, keep up the BLOGGING


Sy July 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I am so thankful to find your blog! I visit my boyfriend from Singapore every now and then and each time I am there, I try to make home style food but I have no idea where to get those ingredients! Lucky I know where to go on my next trip there. Awesome!


ginger August 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thanks for visiting and if there's any ingredient you still can't find in Dubai, send me an email and I'll see if I can point you in the right direction.


Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 18, 2011 at 3:26 am

Such a catchy name of your blog..Thanks so much for stopping by so that I could find yours!! Love the pictures , food & stories on your blog..would be hovering here quite often now

Have a fun day!
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sandra in asia February 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

I am enjoying your blog site very much. I can relate to the expat life and really appreciate your stories.


lu April 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi Ginger!!
stumbled across your blog when i googled for “lemon grass uae appetizer” :D n so glad I decided to click on it… your blog is now bookmarked under my fav.. :) same here, e hubby & i are expats in UAE, abu dhabi thou.. since 2008.. looking forward to future posts!. :)


ginger April 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thank you for stopping by!


Peace of Iran April 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I just found your blog and am so happy that I did! My husband is Iranian and we’re thinking about moving somewhere in the Middle East once we finish grad school. I really enjoy following all your posts. Beautiful photos, delicious food, and fascinating stories! Thank you for sharing!
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Michael June 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

a) Great blog, really enjoyed clicking through. The grocery store map has proven invaluable. Thanks.

b) In the past 2 weeks I have had 2 different people tell me there is a new Vietnamese restaurant in either JLT or Tecom, named Saigon Cafe. Of course neither can give me exact location and nothing on google yet. Have any info about this?


ginger June 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hi Michael,

Thank you for the nice comments. The new Vietnamese restaurant is called “Hanoi” and is in JLT – Sector C – in the Gold Crest Executive tower. It’s close to the Dubai Marina Mall metro stop. Hoping to go there soon and write up a review.


renu July 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hi ginger, debbie of spanish wok told me about ur website..interesting.. just checking out ur space..i have just moved to dubai…


ginger July 10, 2012 at 12:41 am

Welcome to Dubai and hope we get to meet at a Fooderati event!


Phuong Miu August 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Hi Ginger, I’ve just randomly found your blog & I’m glad I did. What a delight reading all those posts of yours. And great collections of photographs you’ve got there ^^
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Raycillient September 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

I’ve just found your blog and loving it at the moment! so much info on Dubai just what a newbie in Dubai like me needs :) merci beaucoup!
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ginger September 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

De rien :)


Kath December 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I’m so glad to have discovered your beautiful blog, thanks to your comment on mine. ;) I have long been curious about life in Dubai, so it will be fun to learn a bit about it from you.


Nina April 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

So glad I found your blog! I’m loving all the insights on Dubai. We’ve just moved here from London. I was born in Malaysia, grew up in California, Singapore and China. Your post on Asian supermarkets is so helpful! Never realized how much I missed Asian food until I lived in London, and now in Dubai (finding good Asian food is never problem in California, much like New York)! Thanks for all the tips x
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Hazel August 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I’m still learning how the whole “pingback” thing works, so I thought I’d stop off here too and tell you that I’ve nominated you for a bunch of awards today. I linked back to your blog in my post – so look out for it :)
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WW Yap March 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

Hi Ginger,
Would happen to know where is the Good Day Grocery Store located in Dubai? Appreciate if you could pls share the location of the store. many thanks.



ginger March 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Sorry, never heard of this grocery store before. Have you tried to google it?


Myla Laurel May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hi Ginger, I came across your blog by looking up Tikoy in Dubai been craving for Chinese sweets. Interesting blog you have! Will browse to all your posts :)
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