Feasting like a king is not only a staple of Jordan, but the Middle East as a whole.
Enjoying delectable Jordanian food coupled with the legendary lore of Jordanian hospitality creates an unforgettable atmosphere of festivities each time a meal is served.
Mealtime in Jordan is not merely a biological function, but rather a social event. Food represents community and no group of people embodies this tradition like Jordanians; with lunch time regarded as “the meal of the day” fellowship with your loved ones as you take in platefuls of love and mansaf.
A TRADITION OF FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
Food is commonly used by Jordanians to express their hospitality and generosity. Jordanians by nature are very hospitable people and, often, it is presented within minutes of a person's invitation to a local house.
No matter how modest their means; it is with pride that Jordanians fill your belly with food and your spirit with Joy.
A 'Jordanian invitation' means that you are expected to bring nothing and eat everything. This invitation is followed by the popular Arabic phrase “Sahtain wa 'Afiya.”
If you’ve found yourself in Jordan then it’s a must you try Mansaf. Served with Arabic rice, lamb, and a flavorful broth of dried sour milk; Mansaf is the national pride of Jordan which often symbolizes a joyous occasion. Mansaf is also served during condolences and as a means to patch up ties with others.
Mansaf is the greatest symbol of Jordanian generosity. Usually eaten during social gatherings, the savory meal is traditionally served in a communal dish. Rather than being served with utensils, Mansaf is a feast meant to be eaten with your hands.
STUFFED TO THE BRIM
When it comes to food, Jordanians love for their guests and their food to be stuffed. Though it doesn’t have the lore of Mansaf, stuffed baby lamb is an experience of its own. Also served as a delicacy, roasted lamb stuffed with rice, chopped onions, nuts and raisins is sure to leave your stomach content.
FROM THE GROUND UP
In the mood to feast like a Bedouin? Then you should try Al-Zarb. Jordan boasts a rich Bedouin tradition and you can relive a delicious taste of it. Al-Zarb is a lamb or chicken dish prepared in a hole dug one metre into the ground and coated with bricks to seal in the authentic smoky taste.
No matter your preference, Jordanian cuisine will most definitely offer you something to please your taste buds.
Pro-Tip: When consuming Mansaf, use the bread and the jameed to pick up the rice and lamb; forming a condensed ball of food in your hand. This makes it a lot neater and Jordanians will be impressed by your technique. Oh yeah, and try to only use one hand!