As I mentioned in a previous post, Amman became a multicultural urban city. Now, you can easily find restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, more or less. To my delight, the other day I found a Chinese restaurant inside Majdi Mall, near the The University of Jordan. Seeing the two cooks were Chinese I decided to give it a try. I ordered rice with fried meat, mushroom and green, red, and yellow peppers. Lo and behold, I haven’t felt my taste buds this happy before. It was like a circus inside my mouth, in a good way. It has been two years since my last Chinese meal back when I was in Missouri. The restaurant is called Islamic Chinese Restaurant. On the menu, I saw they have another location in Irbid.
Another restaurant I tried was near my work at Rabieh. It is a Turkish restaurant at least that is what its name indicates; Ottoman. You can’t get more Turkish than that. I tried grilled minced beef sandwiches. Not surprisingly, these sandwiches are also common in Jordan, Syria Lebanon and Palestine. They are called ‘Arayes lahmeh.’ Ottoman didn’t disappoint at all. These grilled minced beef sandwiches were so yummy. If you happen to visit the Levant you have to try these sandwiches. They are tastier than Shawerma.
Opposite the North gate of The University of Jordan there are about four or five Yemeni restaurants. I think because of the war in Yemen many sought refuge in Jordan. So, I had to try one Yemeni restaurant. I entered one called Hadhramaut. I ordered a dish called Muthabi (مظبي). It is rice with grilled chicken and two different sauces, one of them is very hot. When the server got my food I thought there was a mistake because the food looked suitable for two people not one. I didn’t expect to get half a chicken with so much rice. I couldn’t finish my platter. The food was very delicious and tastes very much like Indian food.