Saudi Arabia is not exactly on the world stage for its cuisine, however that doesn’t mean it is lacklustre in any way! In fact, Saudi food is amazing especially if you like slow cooked meats and hearty meals! Not to mention that Saudi Arabia has some of the best Arabic style coffee in the entire region!
Saudi food overall is fairly hearty and heavy. This is because it is perfect for when you have to fill up for a long journey through the desert. Lighter foods can be found on the coast with seafood however the majority of food throughout the country will be heavy and meaty.
Here are some of the must haves when visiting the Kingdom:
The national dish of Saudi Arabia and the overall king of Saudi food. This is a spicy mix of meat and spices over rice. Flavours of cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, lime and saffron are sure to tingle your taste buds.
Tharid is a vegetable or meat broth (mainly lamb) with crispy pieces of flat bread and especially eaten during the holy month of Ramadan.
Murtabak is a crispy fried pancake stuffed with veggies, spices and meat and is usually eaten as a street food. Murtabak is sometimes called a “folded omelette” due to its shape and the taste of crispy egg infused with spices.
This is a traditional bread pudding made with milk, nuts, pastry and raisins and often includes different spices like nutmeg and cardamom.