Tastes of Aqaba
TAKE TIME IN AQABA TO ENJOY THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD
Starters can range from a simple dish of pickles to a full selection of Mezza on up to a dozen of plates. Some of the most common are hummus (a dip of chickpeas and sesame paste), mutabbel (eggplant with sesame paste), labaneh (strained yoghurt), tabbouleh (a parsley-based salad), kubbeh (a mix of minced meat, onions and cracked wheat), chicken livers, savory pastries and green salad.
Take your time over a traditional breakfast
A healthy breakfast is a key start to the day! Choose from hummus, mutabbel, white cheese, pickles, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, yoghurt, labaneh, all accompanied by local pita bread and plenty of hot tea with fresh mint leaves
Never miss our Mu’ajanaat
Another option for a snack or light lunch is mu’ajanaat. A tasty pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, spinach or potatoes.
Another famous pastry is Manakish Zaatar.
A traditional oven-baked breakfast pie, made from flat dough topped with a mix of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and olive oil. You can find these at all bakeries in Aqaba.
Try Falafel sandwich
Lightly fried balls made of mashed chickpeas.
Try Shawarma sandwich
Spit-roasted meat of lamb or chicken in Shrak bread.
Sayadieh is a traditional specialty dish of Aqaba and definitely will blow your mind. Fresh grouper or other fish cooked in a special onion sauce, topped with almonds and crunchy onions, served on a bed of rice, usually accompanied by a fresh salad.
Other traditional dishes
- Maqlubeh (layers of fried vegetables, meat or chicken and rice)
- Musakhan (chicken cooked with onions and sumac on a thin layer of bread fried
- Kababs ground lamb seasoned with fresh mint, cilantro, parsley, ginger and green chilli.
For a list of restaurants: https://aqaba.jo/Pages/WhereToEatAqabaMaster