Jordanian’s Cuisine!

Thanks to Mohamad Al karbi for giving me this opportunity to share something about Jordanian’s cuisine. Sending him a special thanks for his kind support and cooperation in allowing me to guest post in his blog. Once again, thank you for being supportive, Mohamad Al karbi!!

This post concerned about Jordanians’ cuisine, If you’re a food lover, this is a list of food you’ve got to try when you’re in Jordan.
Ok, let’s get started.

1- Falafel

Falafel, a combination of ground chickpeas, mixed with a variety of spices, then deep fried into mini patty like shapes, is one of the most common street food snacks or light meals in Jordan. They can be eaten on their own like veggie nuggets, eaten with bread, or stuffed into sandwiches.

2. Moutabel

When you plan to visit Jordan, you will find a type of baba ghanoush dish , it is a kind of Middle Eastern roasted eggplant dip and you will love it. When you visit Jordan, you will discover that baba ghanoush is available everywhere, by far the more common roasted eggplant dip available is moutabel, which is similar to baba ghanoush, but quite different. One of the main ingredient differences is that moutabel uses yoghurt in its recipe.

You will love eggplant, especially when it’s roasted over fire, to give it a wonderfully smoky taste and a smooth and creamy consistency. For moutabel, the roasted and peeled eggplant is combined with yoghurt, tahini, garlic and lemon juice.

3. Hummus.

Hummus is possibly the most well known Levantine and Middle Eastern food around the world. You will enjoy hummus. And In Jordan we ate hummus mostly everyday and it is preferred in the morning, and evening time as well.

The hummus in Jordan is fantastic, and despite containing just about the same ingredient make-up at every restaurant you order it from, it’s amazing how each version tasted just slightly different – the amount of lemon juice, and ratio of garbanzo beans to tahini, the texture, and also, very importantly, the olive oil.


Labneh, which is also known as strained yoghurt, is a very thick, creamy yoghurt, that’s served at just about every breakfast table in Jordan. It’s not typically eaten like a bowl of yoghurt because it’s so rich, but instead it’s used as a spread for bread, or a dip for vegetables. The taste is sour and creamy, but usually not salty, very similar to sour cream.

Labneh can be served in a bowl plain, or drizzled with olive oil, or combined with different herbs or leaves to give it more flavor.


Another Levantine dish, often a starter or salad, tabbouleh is a mixture of finely minced parsley, tomatoes, garlic, and bulgar wheat, all dressed in lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. And also, tabbouleh is not typically scooped up with bread like hummus or moutabel, but it’s typically eaten plain with a spoon as well.

As for tabbouleh. You will love the freshness and crispness of the parsley, the garlicky taste, and the contrast of sour lemon juice and saltiness. As it is available all over Jordan.

6. Arabic salad

Similar in dressing taste to tabbouleh, but with a different vegetable make-up, Jordanian, or Arabic salad, usually includes finely diced up cucumber, tomatoes, and bell peppers, dressed in lemon juice and lots of olive oil.

We eat this salad as an excellent refreshing starter dish, we also particularly enjoyed it with main dishes like maqluba (rice and meat) and with grilled dishes like shish kebabs – to give the meal a nice balance. Nearly every restaurant in Jordan, they serve it.

Thanks for reading.

32 thoughts on “Jordanian’s Cuisine!

  1. williamrablan

    Labneh! Some of my ancestry comes from that part of the world, and I suspect the name changed a bit when they got here. My best spelling for how the name changed is Labine.

    Of course I’ve a story concerning it. I was part of the American Forces in Saudi Arabia prior to the Gulf War. We were a couple of miles from a small community that also happened to have the only pay phone for several miles. So on a Saturday or Sunday, we’d go into town to call home.
    The phone was right outside a small store. I like to think of it as the Arabic version of a 7-11 only this was probably more like an American mom and pop market. They had a little bit of everything.
    I made my phone calls, and then went in to buy something. I was pretty sick of MREs by this time and was looking for something different. Most of the soldiers were buying small snack cakes or such, but that didn’t sound good. I happened to notice a cooler towards the back of the store, so I wandered back there. I was looking and spied several small white bags (about the size of single serving of potato chips). It had printed on it the name in Arabic, and under that, in English, a name that sounded very familiar.
    I grabbed two, and went up to check out.
    When I put them on the counter, the owner looked at me, and then at the bags, and asked, “Sir, do you know what this is?”
    I nodded, and answered. “Yes, Sir. I do. I was grew up eating this.”
    His eyes got wide and asked, “Are you from Saudi Arabia?”
    I shook my head, and explained. “I’m not. But my Grand Father was from Lebanon.”
    He pushed the bags towards me and said, “No charge. Enjoy.”
    I thanked him, and I did.

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    1. Hussein Allam Post author

      Glad to know this story, it was nice of you to share over here. When you come to Jordan, let me know if you know mansaf dish before you pay , so that i can push you a great one for free with no even single bucks 😁. I honestly enjoyed reading this amazing short story. Thank you 🙂


    1. Hussein Allam Post author

      Thank you so much for giving this chance to express something relates to Jordanian’s cuisine😊, no need for me to explain for you anything here as long as you have stayed in Jordan for so long though😉👍

      Liked by 1 person


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