Mansaf - the national dish of the Middle Eastern country of Jordan ("al-Orden" in Arabic)
I think every now and then I will post a food diary entry. It will highlight one of the odd or simply delicious foods I have eaten in the U.S. or across the world. Here is the first entry!
This was my first introduction to the national dish. I was leery I must say. I mean "mansaf" means "the destroyer" in Arabic, so that can't be good.
What I have learned throughout my travels is that you either tend to hate a country's national dish or absolutely love it. This one in particular consists of: rice (not so bad), thin bread (okay), pine nuts (tolerable), yogurt sauce (sickeningly sour) and boiled lamb (makes me queasy now thinking about it). I am not one to be rude and not try something, but this dish just did not look or sound appetizing and in my opinion...it wasn't.
I have to be honest. I really did not like it, especially trying to stomach the tangy, sour yogurt coating the rice, bread, pine nuts and the very odd texture of boiled lamb. I'm sorry Jordan. I loved several other local foods, but this one was not a favorite. It was part of the cultural experience to try it though and I'm glad I did. I also had to not only try it once, but twice because another friend we met insisted on making us the Palestinian-version, which sadly tasted nearly exactly the same, but without the yogurt being extra soupy.
Has anyone else tried this dish? What did you think?