Food in Jordan

Jordanian food is part of the Levantine cuisine. It is similar to the food in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. The four centuries of Ottoman rule had an influence on the cuisine. The most famous dishes are Mansaf, Maqluba, Falafel and Khabsa. The staple ingredients are rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chick peas, flat bread and chicken. Sweets are also a big part of the cuisine, most notably Knafeh, Halva and Baklava. Tea is the most common drink and is usually served with food. Also Arabic coffee and Turkish coffee is common. Alcohol is not widely drunk, especially in the rural parts. Jordanian pride themselves for their hospitality and food and beverages is a big part of that.

Arabic style buffé in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Best Jordan breakfast

Falafel

Balls formed from spiced and ground chickpeas. Usually consumed as a breakfast together with hummus or in a pita.

Hummus and Fattet hummus

Hummus is a very common dish in Jordan. Hummus is a puré made from smashed, boiled chick peas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. The in Jordan popular Fattet hummus is hummus mixed up with torn-up pita bread. Everything topped with a decent chunk of olive oil.

Foul

Moutabel – a dip made from vegetables, most commonly with eggplant.

Sweet tea – infused with herbs

Arabic coffee

Eggplant with green pepper

Best Jordan meals

Mansaf

The most famous traditional dish. Stirred rice with yogurt and meat boiled in yogurt. Tradition has it that camel or sheep meat is used, however nowadays it is common to substitute with chicken.

Maqluba

The famous upside down dish. Vegetables such as potatoes, aubergine, onions, garlic and cauliflower, are stirred in a big pot. Herbs are added such as turmeric and cumin. Meat is optional.

Kabsa

Haddas (lentil soup)

Tahini kofta

Zarb

Marinated meat and vegetables placed in an underground oven. Covered with sand and allowed to cook for hours. We serve Zarb%link% in our camp every night.

Warak Enab (Dolmas)

Grape leaves stuffed with a special dressing of rice and meat. This is cooked in a pot together with other stuffed vegetables such as aubergines, zucchinis and green peppers.

Tabbouleh

Shawarma

Sliced lamb (or chicken or beef) served in pita bread, together with raw onion, sliced tomatoes and pickled vegetables. If optional, try to add grilled eggplant!

Shorba

Mallow soup.

Best Jordan salad and sides

Chick peas salad

Parsley

Pickles

Shrak, flat bread and other bread.

Campfire in the evenings in Wadi Rum

Best Jordan desert

Dondurma (ottoman ice cream)

Zalabeh sweet

Knafeh

Maybe the best dessert you will ever have! Layers of cheese baked under crispy pastry threads and drizzled with syrup.

Vegan or vegetarian in Jordan

It is no problem to be vegan or vegetarian in Jordan. The cuisine is based on vegetables, rice and bread and there is no problem avoiding meat. Most Jordanians are understanding for different dietary choices.

What food not to miss in Jordan