In Jordan and the Middle East a quote says, “Even when you’re full, you can still always eat 40 more bites of food.” Bedouin’s are very proud of their cuisine and you can see in their eyes the strong to share desire local specialties with their guests. Our cuisine, due to its geographical location in the Levant, has culinary influences from North Africa, the Middle East, Persia, and the Mediterranean. So, while technically “ful medames” might be originally from Egypt, it is also extremely common and popular locally in Jordan as well.During your pleasant stay in Desert Melody you will taste some of the most popular tastes foods you are likely to eat when you visit us in Wadi Rum. Your evening gastronomic experience combines the best of Jordanian cuisine with desert tradition.
Zarb is a type of Bedouin barbecue and a local delicacy. Zarb typically involves a meat, such as chicken, and a variety of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. What makes Zarb special is that the barbecue is located underground, in a large pit. The meats and vegetables are placed on a rack which is lowered below ground overtop hot coals. The pit is covered with sand until the zarb is finished. Zarb is a must-try dish when visiting Wadi Rum.
Almost all meals in Wadi Rum will feature fresh Bedouin bread. This is a simple, circular flatbread that is eaten with all meals of the day. You will see that Bedouin bread is not just used to fill your stomach, but also as a sort of cutlery as Bedouin meals rarely feature knives, forks, or spoons.
Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan and is a popular dish in many parts of the Middle East. The name ‘mansaf’ means ‘large tray’ which is how the dish is served. The large tray contains a large bed of rice topped with meat and sometimes vegetables. Mansaf is usually topped with lamb, however the use of different meats is not uncommon. Bedouins eat mansaf either with their hands or with tasty Bedouin bread.
Hummus is possibly the most well known Levantine and Middle Eastern food around the world. You will adore hummus. In Jordan we eat hummus at least 2 – 3 times per day. The hummus in Jordan is fantastic, and amazing based on local version tasted just slightly different – the amount of lemon juice, and ratio of garbanzo beans to tahini, the texture, and also, very importantly, the olive oil.
Ful medames is an ancient Egyptian dish with origins that reach back to the time of the pharaohs. This simple dish of slow-simmered fava beans seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and spices is the daily breakfast meal for millions of Egyptians. To do Ful Medames right takes some time, most of it spent soaking and simmering. Start this recipe in the morning to have it ready for breakfast the next day. Especially popular during Ramadan. The dish has a variety of spellings: fool, foul, ful, fuul; medames, mudammas, medammis, midammas.
Your first introduction to Bedouin cuisine will almost certainly be Bedouin tea. The tea is a made from a unique blend of plants found out in the desert. Typically served in a small glass cup, the tea can be surprisingly sweet. Although it will certainly be served in all of the tourist camps, the tea isn’t just for tourists. As you tour around the desert you are likely to see many groups of Bedouins sitting together, all enjoying one, or many, cups of tea.
Wadi Rum, Jordan