Jordanian Cuisine: Why Tourists Keep Coming Back


Unless you’re originally from Jordan or visit often, you may not know why Jordanian cuisines are so important to the area. There’s a famous quote of varying wordage from Jordan that states, “When you’re full, you still eat more.” The food culture of Jordan is imperative to the saturated history of the country. While it’s not the only admirable good that comes from Jordan, it’s the one that keeps on thriving regardless of global implications.

Jordan’s Location is Everything

Persia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean are so close to Jordan that many of their influences are unapologetically visible in the appearance and taste of Jordanian cuisine. Even though dishes like medames originate elsewhere, they’re also popular in Jordan because of its proximity to Egypt. There are a variety of dishes still popular today that have travelers coming back and purchasing real estate in Jordan.

The Famous Falafel

Falafels and medames have one thing in common: their country of origin is Egypt. While the falafel isn’t native to Jordan, locals and tourists still enjoy the chickpea veggie nugget falafel. Word on the street is that the best falafels aren’t in Egypt, they’re in Jordan. Those keen to Jordan may have a bias, though!

History states that the falafel’s origin is foggy, but it may have been served as a meat replacement during ancient times of Lent in the port city of Alexandria. The falafel origin city may be the reason the famous food trickled into Jordan’s territory.

Mother’s Moutabel

Step aside baba ghanoush; moutabel reigns supreme in the category of eggplant dishes! While these two dips have the same purpose for the very distinct-tasting eggplant, they are extremely different in taste. Moutabel uses a fresh yogurt base mixed with garlic and tahini. The baba ghanoush alternative is best used with eggplant due to its spicy nature, adding a unique bit of zest to the treat.

Homestyle Hummus

Hummus is one of the most famous Jordanian foods in the world. Many countries have adapted hummus to their culture’s tastes and it can be found on the local’s plates multiple times per day. Served in almost every single restaurant in Jordan, hummus has a simple recipe that includes garbanzo beans and olive oil. Even though there aren’t many ingredients, restaurants and homes around Jordan have developed ways to add their distinct touch to hummus.

Fattet hummus is another style of hummus that is even more popular, but more so with Jordanian natives than the rest of the world. Fattet hummus’ recipe includes broth-soaked bread mixed with hummus and a dash of tahini. You may also find recipes that include lemon juice for an added, special zest. Pita and white are often the bread choices for broth soaking. The soaked bread gives the hummus a fluffy type of texture, without being an overly sweet dessert.

Food Diversity Draws New Residents In

While the vast natural landscape and local music scene are indicators of new residential popularity, nothing makes folks stay quite like Jordan’s food culture does. Taking inspiration from other Levantine cuisines like Palestine and Lebanon, meals are a large community event in smaller Jordanian villages. Dishes created in these villages have been making their way to restaurant tables through adaptation and word-of-mouth, creating yet another reason why Jordan’s culture is a great reason to purchase property here.

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