- Title: Mansaf in a cup: Jordanians enjoy national dish on the go
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: AMMAN, JORDAN (JULY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEE ADDING JAMEED (DRIED GOAT'S MILK USED IN JORDANIAN NATIONAL DISH MANSAF) OVER RICE SERVED IN CUP CUSTOMER TAKING TWO TO-GO CUPS OF MANSAF (JORDAN'S NATIONAL DISH) VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS EATING MANSAF VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEE ADDING RICE TO CUPS EMPLOYEE ADDING JAMEED TO CUPS AS CUSTOMERS WAIT EXTERIOR OF RESTAURANT WITH SIGN READING (Arabic) "OUR MANSAF IN A CUP" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OWNER OF THE 'OUR MANSAF IN A CUP' RESTAURANT, MOHAMMAD DAWOOD, SAYING: "We came up with a very good idea, we made Mansaf accessible at all times, without the great effort associated with preparing it, so people can have it either as they walk or while driving. The traditional Mansaf served in a platter is still important, but that we can still have at home." VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEE ADDING JAMEED TO CUP VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEE ADDING PIECES OF LAMB MEAT TO CUP CUPS OF MANSAF WITH NUTS AND PIECES OF LAMB MEAT ON TOP EMPLOYEE SERVING CUSTOMER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CUSTOMER, NADIA AL QAISI, SAYING: "They are transforming a traditional meal into street food. As you're walking by, if you're hungry and you want to take a bite, instead of grabbing some fast food, you can have a local meal, a traditional one that you are used to but as takeaway and at an affordable price. Most underprivileged families can't afford buying lamb meat and rice to prepare Mansaf." AMMAN, JORDAN (JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) JORDANIAN BEDOUIN WOMAN PREPARING MANSAF MAN ADDING JAMEED TO TRADITIONALLY-SERVED MANSAF JORDANIAN BEDOUIN MAN, HAMDAN AL MATHIHAN, INVITING GUESTS TO EAT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN BEDOUIN MAN, HAMDAN AL-MATHIHAN, SAYING: "Serving it in a cup means this is not real Mansaf, this is now fast food to fill an appetite. Mansaf has its prestige and honour, it reflects the host's respect of his guests. Mansaf is the best thing to serve to your guest." VARIOUS OF GUESTS GATHERED AROUND LARGE MANSAF DISH MAN POURING JAMEED OVER DISH GROUP EATING
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 11:41
- Keywords: Jordan Mansaf chefs fast food food traditions
- Location: AMMAN, JORDAN
- City: AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: Jordan
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMX7OET
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A restaurant in Jordan is giving the country's national dish a modern twist. Normally served on a large dish for people to gather around, Mansaf is now being offered in small cups for customers on the go.
Mohammad Dawood, who recently opened the "Our Mansaf in a Cup" restaurant, said he wanted to make the dish "accessible at all times" and at affordable prices.
Mansaf is cooked using lamb meat and Jameed, or salty and sour fermented yoghurt. This is then served with rice and flatbread, topped off with nuts.
The dish holds a special cultural significance in the country, with many using it as a way to show their respect to their guests.
Customers said they like the idea of transforming the dish into street food.
"Most underprivileged families can't afford buying lamb meat and rice to prepare Mansaf," said Nadia Al Qaisi.
The cup, sold at 1 Jordanian dinar ($1.4), contains 500 grams of rice in addition to Jameed and small lamb pieces and is decorated with nuts. One normal large platter of Mansaf consists of 25 Mansaf cups, according to Dawood.
For some Jordanian bedouins, the idea of a to-go Mansaf was unacceptable,
"Serving it in a cup means this is not real Mansaf, this is now fast food. Mansaf has its prestige and honour," said Hamdan Al-Mathihan, as he gathered with some guests around a traditionally-served Masaf dish.
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