I don’t order take away very often but when I do, I have two great options: delicious Vietnamese from Cay Tre or sensational Gujarati specialities from Mrs Patel, my lovely newsagent. And now I have a third option although it is very far from London, the woman in the picture above who sells her home-cooked food from a stall in souk al-Wakif in Doha. Her smartly presented selection includes balaleet, h’riss, ‘assida and mashbuss to name a few and she seems to be very popular amongst the locals as most of the people I have watched buying from her are Qataris like the lovely couple in the picture trying to make up their mind about what to get for their dinner.
Across the street from her is another woman, Umm Abdul Aziz, who also sells home-cooked food but in a large cafe where people sit on high benches enjoying her dishes.
And round the corner from them is a warren of narrow streets lined with sweet-makers who make Omani halva which they spoon into large containers for take-away or into small cups for people to buy and eat on the spot.
And because it was Diwali, when I was there, some of the Indian sweet-makers had also made the scrumptious and totally addictive Bombay mix which Mrs Patel also makes although I have to say hers is by far superior to the one below!