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Jordanian Traditional Dishes That Are To Die For

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Jordan


One of the best parts of traveling to Jordan is that you get to taste the incredible dishes that their country became famous for. When in Jordan, refrain from eating like a tourist. Delve into their traditional cuisine and you will return a changed person.

Mensaf is the dish Jordanians consider to be their national dish. It entails delicious cuts of lamb meat, cooked in a unique broth made with jameed (a type of yogurt). It is then topped with almonds, rice and spice and it is usually served on a ginormous platter with bread, with which the food is scooped and eaten. It is out of this world good.

You may already be a fan of hummus and it is safe to say that it has become a global dish, but until you have tried Jordanian hummus, you don’t know how good it can be. Most Jordanians consider their country to be the birth place of hummus and once you taste their version of it, you may find it hard to argue against them. Be warned, Jordanian hummus might ruin all other hummus for you. The same pretty much goes for Jordanian falafel too. Make sure to give it a try while visiting.


Zarb is a traditional Bedouin barbeque dish and it is superb. The meat is combined with vegetables and then cooked in a big underground pit. The ritual surrounding preparation and eating of zarb is an experience all in itself, but do not think this means the actual dish is subpar. On the contrary. Meat is spectacular and vegetables are always perfectly cooked.

Maqluba is another dish you must try in Jordan. It is a dish that combines meat, rice and all kinds of vegetables in a pot. The pot is turned over and removed on a platter for serving, resulting in a beautiful display. Sometimes it features almonds sprinkled on the top and it is often served with yogurt.

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