The Simplicity of Jordanian Cuisine

I’m not a foodie nor a chef but I do eat what looks good in picture. If there’s no picture of the dish, I’d ask for the wait staff to tell me about the food that caught my fancy from the menu.

The simplicity of Jordanian cuisine may not be well-known around the world but one should try when he has a chance. For 11 days in Jordan, I’ve sampled some foods I’ve never heard of or eaten before. Nothing disgusting I’ve tried but there’s one thing that I saw at the market that made me cringed. (You have to scroll down to the end of this blog entry to see it.) 

Here are some interesting things I discovered about Jordanian cuisine and meal habits.

1. Naan bread is always present in every meal. Hummus in different mixtures/tastes are served as appetizers. 

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

2. Food is often served altogether, especially the appetizers. This creates a fabulous combination of colors, taste and aroma.  

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

How many hummus can you see?

3. Their fruits and vegetables are organic. They grow most of them around the Dead Sea which is rich in minerals.  

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

Stuffed zuchini with yogurt.

4. In some restaurants, their main dish comes with a fresh, organic veggie salad every vegan would love to devour. They’ve got pickles, too. 

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

5. Poultry is eaten more often. 

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

Basmati rice and half grilled chicken.

6. They also eat red meat but most of the time, lamb. 

Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine Mansaf

Mansaf is a traditional bedouin food cooked with chicken or lamb with yogurt.

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Get a taste of Jordanian Cuisine

Bedouin Gallayah is cooked with meat or chicken, tomatoes, onions, coriander, garlic clove, olive oil, green chili and green pepper.

8. Most foods are grilled. 

Jordanian Cuisine

Mixed grilled (seafood, lamb, chicken)

9. Jordanian food uses herbs, spices and other ingredients. Even these mini pizzas. 

Jordanian Cuisine Pizza

10. Almost all restaurants we went to cooked our food using fresh ingredients. 

Jordanian Food Cuisine

Sambousek. It’s cheese or vegetable served as appetizer or snack. Usually in threesome.

11. Tea is served before, during or after meal.

Jordanian Food

12. My chicken wings order looks like this. Eating this is no mess at all. 

Jordanian Food

Chicken wings, Jordan style.

13. Dessert comes at the end of every meal.

Baqlawah Jordan Dessert

14. Baqlawah is their most famous dessert. It sounds like baklava, another dessert famous in Turkey. 

Baqlawah Jordan Dessert food cuisine

Baqlawah, a famous Jordanian dessert.

15. And most of all, here’s my favorite food from the whole trip! It’s called—ZARB / ZARF. These chicken and lamb meats were cooked/baked in two-tiered metal, oven-like apparatus under the desert sand for two and a half hours. Yes, under the sand! They buried it there for that long! Really! Watch the video here

Zarf Jordan food Wadi Rum

And here’s the pic that made me cringed.

Baqlawah Jordan Dessert

Are these sheep’s heads?

Organized Tour

If you are into an excellent organized tour that will give you enough time to explore the places you wanna visit, check EXPLORE WORLDWIDE.

Also, check the following links for the places we’ve been to with LAWRENCE’s ARABIA TOUR in Jordan.


A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.


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