Jordanian food is as rich as their culture and if you have had the Jordanian food you would have certainly experienced the same. However, if you have not, then you must have the delicacies of Jordan at least once. As the proverb in Jordan “bring nothing and eat everything” shows the hospitality of this Arab country.
Recently I happen to visit a Jordanian restaurant in Delhi and I must tell you the food they serve was amazing. The best part of Jordanian culinary remains that most of it being prepared in a tradition oven. The air remained filled with aroma and the food is so delicious that one could not leave the place unless totally full.
So, I must tell you that you should also go to any of the Jordanian restaurant and have such delicious food. Here is a list of our suggestions of the food items that one should not miss when in Jordan or at any Jordanian restaurant.
Mezze in Persian means “to taste”. So, in this platter you get to ‘taste’ a variety of Jordanian food. The platter includes Falafel (a combination of ground chickpeas, mixed with a variety of spices, then deep fried into a mini patties); Hummus (cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic); Labneh (thick, sour and creamy yoghurt dip); and other meat kebabs.
This is the famous Frozen Mint Lemonade summer drink of Jordan, made from freshly-squeezed lemon, spearmint leaves and ice. It may look simple by the expertise is in the ratio of lemon to sugar to water.
My favourite of all remained Mansaf. Its the traditional Jordanian dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice or bulgur, but I liked it with rice.
Manakish, is more like a pizza consists of rolled dough topped with thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Its very popular food in Jordan.
After having all this delicious food now its time to have some traditional Jordanian dessert and Kanafeh is the best in itself. Its made with thin noodle-like pastry, or sometime with semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with goeey melted cheese. It is bit of salty and sweet in taste which make it unique.
Finally to end you meal you would be served with Qahwa, a traditional Arabic coffee. Called as “Al-Qahwa”, is made from roasted coffee beans flavoured with cardamom. Its a traditional beverage an all-time favourite in Jordan. It is often served with dates or fruit.