Taking a walking tour of Jordan’s capital city, they’re bound to hit you – hunger pangs! That’s because neither tourists nor Jordanians can resist the aroma of Amman’s street food wafting out of the local eateries.
Indeed, there really is so much good food to be found in Amman on nearly every street nowadays. (In fact, Medina Al Munawarah Street is nicknamed “Hungry People Street” because of the plethora of restaurants that line it.)
So, before your stomach starts roaring, why not go ahead and grab a quick Arabic sandwich to quiet it down? Whether it’s dine-in or take-away, here are some of the best you’ll find on your next walk around Amman:
The Classic Falafel Sandwich
This is the classic sandwich of the Middle East. Falafel are delicious deep-fried, crunchy-on the outside, soft on the inside croquettes made of ground chick peas. First, they’re smashed and put in the pocket of some pita bread, then topped with salads, pickles and hot sauce. However, our favorite falafel sandwich topper is hummus. Mmmm…it’s so delicious and filling (and also a favorite of vegetarians)!
Middle Eastern Vegetarian Wrap
You don’t have to be a vegetarian for this sandwich to “wow” your taste buds. Take a warm pita, stuff it with tabbouleh, feta cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and red onion and lots of fresh herbs. Top it off with a drizzle of tzatziki and hot sauce and you’ve got the tastiest veggie wrap in town.
The Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich
Chicken tenderloins marinated in olive oil, spices, and lemon juice is grilled to perfection. Next, it’s sliced and stuffed into warm pita bread, then topped with tzatziki, tomato, onion, lettuce, and fresh dill. Finally, it’s served tightly wrapped in parchment paper to keep all of that good stuff in. (And you thought only the Greeks could make a sandwich this good.)
Zaatar is a Middle Eastern spice mix made with sumac, thyme and sesame seeds. The spice is blended together with a little olive oil to make a paste that’s then spread over flatbread dough. Finally, it’s put in the oven and baked like a pizza. Usually eaten for breakfast, you can get it still warm from the oven at many neighborhood bakeries all over Amman.
Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma
The king of all Middle Eastern wraps has got to be shawarma. Long before Tony Stark mentioned it in The Avengers, you could find a shawarma shop (or two, or three) on nearly every street in Amman. Unlike the rest of the world, Jordan doesn’t fool around with adding tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, onions and the like. No siree, Bob. In Jordan, it’s an abundance of thinly-sliced pieces of marinated, roasted chicken wrapped in a pita slathered in a creamy garlic sauce. That’s it. (And that’s all you’ll need.) The wrap is then lightly grilled and cut into bite-sized pieces, and served with fries and pickles on the side. One bite and you’ll know why it’s a sandwich fit for a king (and Iron Man).
Want to know the best places to get the Arab sandwich of your choice in Amman?
Ask a local.
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