If you have been reading Andrea on Vacation for long, you know that food is probably my favorite part about traveling. Experience new dishes and ingredients in a new place one excellent way to learn about another culture. In Jordan, we ate barbeque cooked under the sand in Wadi Rum, Jordanian bites under a trellis in the garden, and a home-cooked meal in my tour guide’s house. Each of these memorable meals added something special to my amazing trip of Jordan.
Jordan is not known as a culinary destination so it was a treat to have amazing food the entire trip. I did a lot of hiking on this trip so there were a lot of big family style dinners.
But not every meal was so fancy. We ate cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, and pita with sheep in a canyon.
A very simple roadside restaurant outside of Amman was one of my best meals. Jordanian “quesadilla” of sorts along with a meat kebab wrap (and hummus, not pictured):
Marshmallows over the fire in Wadi Rum was not necessarily a Jordanian experience but chilly, desert setting for dessert made it so.
But before marshmallows, our hosts in Wadi Rum cooked up a feast of chicken, lamb, hummus (always hummus!), pita, salad, and more.
Eating barbeque cooked under the sand was a new thing for me and it was amazing.
Showing us how it is done:
After a full 13 mile hike through Petra, dinner could not come soon enough. Our friendly waiter that night wanted us to try Mansaf, a Bedouin-Jordanian classic, that he told us was his favorite. When in doubt, always order as the locals do.
You eat the lamb Mansaf with your hands using the bready tortilla-like thing as the utensil. It was delicious and I ate the whole thing! Plus a lot of hummus that we shared at practically every meal. Our group was all about the hummus.
My favorite food from Jordan is the dessert Knafeh. A cheese-filled phyllo dough dessert, soaked with sugary syrup. It is savory and sweet and the best thing ever!
The food in Jordan was a surprise for me in a good way. I had delicious, fresh food everyday. The cooking techniques vary but a hearty yet light cuisine filled me up for more hikes and sightseeing.
Reader Question: Have you ever eaten Jordanian food? I don’t think I ever been to a true Jordanian restaurant. Do you have one in your town/city?