Have you ever been curious about the type of food people eat in Saudi Arabia? Are you planning on traveling there and want to know what to expect? Or are you simply wondering what is on the menu at that Saudi Arabian restaurant that recently opened near your home?
Well, look no further: we have answers to your Saudi Arabian food questions!
Because Saudi Arabia is an Islamic nation, the national law forbids citizens from eating pork and from drinking alcohol. Also, animals must be butchered in a specific way and blessed before they can even be eaten.
Once you get past those laws, there are many delicious dishes to be tasted in Saudi Arabia that have been enjoyed for thousands of years. The country’s cuisine staples include dishes featuring the following as main courses: lamb, chicken, falafel, shawarma, mutabbaq, and Ful medames. You probably recognize lamb and chicken, but what about those last four?
Falafel is made by deep-frying chickpea balls and is very delicious when served in a pita with vegetables and tahini sauce.
Shawarma is sliced lamb cooked on a spit, sometimes for as long as a full day. The butcher shaves off pieces off the surface of the meat to put into a pita or a wrap that is then topped off with tabbouleh, fattoush, tomato, and cucumber.
Mutabbaq is pan-fried bread stuffed with mutton, garlic, egg, onion, and curry sauce.
Ful medames is a dish consisting of fava beans, olive oil, parsley, onion, garlic, and lemon juice.
All of these are usually eaten with either pitas or khubz, which is Arabic unleavened bread, kabsa, which is a well-known and favorite rice dish, yogurt, and dates.
If you feel a little homesick for American food while you are in Saudi Arabia, however, you will be in luck: several fast food restaurants can be found there, such as Burger King, McDonalds, Hardee’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Chili’s.