When it comes to eating in Jordan, ditch the knife and fork and grab yourself some flatbread instead. This ubiquitous baked good is used for dipping, scooping and mopping as you dig into the wonders of Jordanian cuisine. Mezze is one of the kings of the dinner table in this country. This spread consists of several small plates of different foods, usually including hummus, olives, falafel, kibbeh (mince meat covered in bulgur and fried), salad, babba ghanoush, tabouleh, yoghurt and more.
Jordan’s national dish is Mansaf, lamb cooked in fermented yoghurt and served with rice or bulgur. Another meat-based delicacy is Zarb, slow-cooked lamb or chicken with vegetables and spices, traditionally made by burying the pot and the oven in the sands in the desert, although nowadays it tends to be made in a kitchen. Either way, the taste is sublime.
For dessert, many Jordanians feast on a sweet, syrupy treat like baklava, which can be found in abundance in pastry shops and cafes. Alternatively, tuck in to some Majool dates or knafeh, which is made using semolina and baked cheese and looks like a large orange disk.
Safe eating while travelling in Jordan
Food in Jordan is usually well-prepared and safe to eat but be wary when eating cold meat platters and cheese as Jordan is a hot country and if they have been left out for a while in the heat, they might make you unwell. If food is hot, make sure it is piping hot and avoid eating anything that might have been washed in tap water. Naturally, if a restaurant is crowded, it means it is popular and will probably serve good quality, safe food. On the other hand, if an eatery is abnormally empty or looks run down it's best to give it a miss and go elsewhere.