As you may know, Jordan is in the heart of the Middle East and that has affected its culture in a great way.
The diversity of Jordan’s communities coming from different ethnic groups all living in this small country has left its biggest mark on the Jordanian cuisine, which consists of a fusion of different flavours and kinds, that will surely leave your palate with a whole new experience; as the spices, texture, smells and tastes leave you with tangible memories and aroused senses.
Eating in Jordan is an exciting and rich experience.
Food here has many different styles with a wide range of great restaurants in all the major cities and towns. In addition, food in Amman and other Jordanian tourist resorts is not restricted to traditional Jordanian delights; cuisine from all over the world can be found including Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian and other international tastes.
Fast food chains are rising in popularity due to convenience and their family oriented style.
Of course our renowned Jordanian dish, the good old “Mansaf”, which is the signature dish of Jordan. It’s originally created by the Bedouin tribes and consists of rice with sheep’s meat and a rich broth made from dry sour milk (Jameed). It’s mostly served in special occasions like weddings or big family gatherings.
The mezze or (muqabelat); which is an assortment of appetizers, can be considered as a feast in itself, and it will satisfy anybody's taste buds. From the Hummus (puréed chickpeas), to the salads and fried goods like the falafel (deep fried ball of chickpeas with spices).
What a gastronomic adventure!
You also have the Musakhan; a chicken dish cooked with onions, olive oil and pine seeds and baked in the oven on a thick piece of Arabic bread.
Coffee on the other hand is more than merely a drink; in Jordan it is surrounded with custom and tradition, and treated with reverence. It is an important symbol of hospitality and trust.
Offering a cup of coffee to someone and having it accepted shows mutual goodwill. So even if you’re not a coffee fanatic, try to accept at least one cup when offered.
When it comes to coffee etiquette, the traditional Bedouin ceremony involves three cups of coffee. Thought it is polite to drink the first one, it is acceptable to refuse the others. If a refill is not desired, simply tilt your cup from side to side two or three times as you’re handing it back.
If you are driving, and come across a roadside coffee stall, pull over! Because not only will the coffee taste so original, it is a great way to just chill and chat with locals or other travellers.
Even though Jordan is largely a Muslim country, drinking alcohol is not a social taboo; it is available in many restaurants and hotels. Bars are also present in tourist areas and some major cities particularly those with a significant Christian community.
Jordan has one of the oldest wine making histories in the world, and there are several references to Holy Land wine in the Bible, yet until recently there were no vineyards of international repute.
There is so much more to Jordanian food than mere ingredients.
There is a history of hospitality and rich cultural traditions that come with your dish.
Saha wo afye (Bon Appetite).
Travel tip shared by Larissa Qat