Subject: 'Jordan--Generally Vegetarian Friendly'
Posted by westcornersville on: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 08:51 PM PST
Even though pure veg restaurants are rare in Jordan, it's easy to find vegetarian food in Jordan. Falafel is common as street food and at budget restaurants, while hummus is common in most restaurants, cheap and expensive (though note that hot hummus dishes often have meat added, but cold hummus dishes are always vegetarian). When you get tired of the big 2, there are numerous other dishes (mostly mezzes) to choose from--spinach fatayer (stuffed pastry), fuul (made from fava beans), stuffed grape/vine leaves (the ones served cold are usually vegetarian), babaganoush (served very chunky there), mutabel (this is the pureed eggplant, more like "Western" babaganoush), eggplant stuffed with walnuts, fatoosh, etc. Tomatoes, served often as a condiment, are very fresh and sweet, and another condiment, mint, is served with almost everything. Of course, various fruits are commonly eaten, anywhere from dates to seasonal fruits like loquats (spring). Nuts, such as pistachios and almonds, are everywhere. Note that the cuisines in nearby Syria and Lebanon are similar (except the pita bread is very thin in Syria, versus in Jordan where it is usually thick).