Although kebab restaurants seem to invade every corner of the city, they produce a misleading image: Jordanian gastronomy is not just that, but a much more surprising and sophisticated variety of local dishes full of originality and flavor. And what is more important: it is a whole social experience, ideal to get to know a little better the tastes of this people so anchored in traditions.
The two great traditions in Jordanian cuisine are influenced by various culinary styles, thanks to its strategic location on ancient caravan routes. Traders and products from countries like Egypt, India, Turkey, and Lebanon, among others, passed through here, leaving a significant impact on the country’s gastronomy.
However, Jordanians have not limited themselves to copying and replicating their neighbors’ dishes but have put their own twist on them to create original and distinctive recipes. Nevertheless, travelers looking to sample Jordanian cuisine can categorize most recipes into two major traditions: Arab and Bedouin.
This is a list of typical dishes and products from Jordanian cuisine. Some of them are only available at certain times of the year, as local cuisine is very seasonal:
As a predominantly Muslim country, drinking alcohol is frowned upon by the faithful, although foreign visitors can do so discreetly. In fact, Jordan has a budding wine and beer sector, largely driven by Christian entrepreneurs.
In any case, the main beverages in Jordan are tea and coffee. Tea, or shai, is the most popular drink, whether it is mint or in the form of spice infusions. Coffee, or qahwa, is usually flavored and can be served in a large or small cup. But the important thing is that both beverages are very social, as men often gather around them in cafés while playing games or smoking a hookah.
Therefore, Jordanian cuisine can be considered another incentive for your trip, especially if you venture off the beaten path of dining and decide to reserve at quality restaurants.