I was most excited to try Jordanian food as I had no idea what it would be like. I got a lot of flack when I announced that I did not like green pepper, who knew it would be that controversial? I’m not a picky eater but there are a handful of things I don’t like and even more that I’m not crazy about.
Or so I thought.
I tried some of these things in Jordan and realized I did like them. Well I like them in Jordan.
There are many falafel shops in Toronto and I have tried them many times, really wanting to like them but always feeling lukewarm about the rockhard flavourless balls.
Falafels are typical Jordanian food but here they are light, fluffy deliciousness. I think the brightness of parsley helps the flavour but overall they are a must-try.
I usually only drink water or alcohol. I’m not big on juice or pop, but here in Jordan lemonade is mixed with so much mint it is green and absolutely delicious.
And the mint doesn’t stop there. I resisted drinking any tea here but then Mahmoud told me to try to sage tea with mint, I’m a complete convert and love it.
Maybe I should have a site called Mint is Magic?
On my formal list of the 5 things I don’t like. I have tried to cook eggplant so many times. I still don’t like baba ganoush but mouttabal is an delicious blend of roasted eggplant, yogurt, tahini, garlic and lemon. And you can bet I will be making it at home.
I have tried lamb before. I tried lamb in New Zealand where it’s supposedly the best. In general I am not crazy about it. The national dish of Jordan is mansaf, and it changed my mind about lamb.
A large flatbread is topped with rice, almonds, pine nuts and lamb. It has been simmered in dried yogurt and then mixed with water to create a creamy sauce. My driver Rami explained that many people need to take naps afterward and I can attest that it true.
I could go on and on about Jordanian food, but I look forward to every meal here. Fortunately I have not seen a green pepper yet!
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Bureau. Tthey did not request that I write a favourable review or decide that I had been wrong about so many foods I thought I didn’t like.