Before setting up my restaurant Vietnamese Foodies in Dubai, I grew up in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. There, the temperatures ranged between 31°C and 35°C all year round and we had little to no access to air conditioning.
As a result, I learnt early on that when trying to beat the heat, the food you eat matters. As the sweltering summer arrives in the UAE, one top tip for staying cool this summer is to embrace yin foods.
In Vietnam, our culture embraces balance through the concept of yin and yang. This applies to all facets of life including the food we eat, with certain food and drink believed to have yin properties, which are static, hydrating and cooling, and others yang, with their active and warming qualities. Think iceberg lettuce (yin) as opposed to steak (yang).
Here are some others from the former category you could include in your diet this summer.