There’s something fishy in Garden’s Street these days. This article in today’s Jordan Times made me laugh. I think most agree that when it comes to food, the ingenuity Jordanians have is boundless.
Ã¢??As sales of chicken shawerma dropped in the capital following the detection of avian flu in Ajloun, one Amman restaurant is serving fish shawerma to minimise lost profits.
Customers said it was a good alternative.
Ã¢??I thought serving fish shawerma would be something rare that people would like and at the same time it would make up for the low sales of chicken shawerma,Ã¢?Â said Suleiman, who began selling his specialty two months ago.Ã¢?Â
According to Janem, a small fish shawerma sandwich is sold at JD0.60 (84 cents), a large one at JD0.90 ($1.20), and a fish shawerma platter costs JD1.5 ($2.11)
The prices are roughly JD0.20-0.30 more than their chicken counterparts.
One customer said something which made me laugh: Ã¢??Though it is delicious, it leaves you with bad breathÃ¢?Â
If you go around to many restaurants in Jordan you will notice this ingenuity all over. Some of them come up with the strangest sandwiches that are a menu of dishes you’ve never even heard of. The funniest names like ‘saroo5’ (rocket). The Saj places are restaurants which I also consider purely Jordanian ingenuity, mixing a bit of the old traditions with a more modern taste. There’s the falafal hut in Swefieh that blends falafal served Subway style, I don’t know if it’s still there though.
Suffice to say all of these restaurants out sell the international franchises, which I think is the cool part. It’s good to know that in the midst of a foreign invasion, some local flavour is still alive and thriving. It is a source of pride.
Now we just need an alternative to high fuel prices.