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« To die for one's peopleThe uncivilized Swiss »

Mansaf@Work!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Saturday, January 31, 2009 9:56:08 PM
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    Rated 4.6/5 stars (113 votes cast)

    Seriously speaking, I can eat Mansaf every single day.

    Mansaf, if you're wondering is the staple national dish of Jordan. It's comprised of emulsified-sun-dried-yogurt in a meaty broth (usually Lamb, but can be beef, goat, camel or chicken) Ordered by Ewwness factor from the most authentic to the least non-Jordanian

    The dish is simple, the Mansaf (as stated above) is loosely sprayed over a plate of rice sprinkled with fried almonds, pine nuts and sometimes raisins with a hint of parsley.

    But even though it's easy, and traditionally it's cooked by men (Men still claim their Mansaf to be far superior to that of women), you'd hardly find a single guy who has enough patience to actually do it. I know I have done it in the past,  but it was very time consuming.

    But thanks to the wonders of Marriage, (look-up "Domestication"), you can only imagine the look on my face when I opened my lunch box to find, yes yes ... Mansaf!

    Lunch time is usually those 10 minutes that I carve out of my day to stuff something down my throat as I run around from one meeting to another, or from one fire to the next one, trying to put out.

    Most of the time, my whole lunch consists of nothing more than a cup of coffee!

    So you can imagine the look on my face as I look inside my brown bag to find Mansaf. The whole building was glowing with warm summer sunshine as my teeth started beaming with joy. This was no ordinary day

    I silently made a make-shift "Do not disturb" post-it note, and stuck it on my door. Turned on to my favorite Jordanian radio station, and didn't even bother heating my feast. You see, hard-core mansaf fans, don't bother with the pleasantries of modern life. Room temperature Jameed (the soup part of Mansaf) is just as delicious as the super heated one that comes off the Man sized pot that is traditionally used to cook Mansaf.

    Seconds later, I was floating over views of the old buildings of Amman, with overcrowded mountain sides, of one building on top of the other and the wonderful noises of downtown (I regret cursing them now). And one time when I was lost somewhere in Al Jofeh, only to discover myself on a side of a cliff at Maghreb prayer time. Then the Adhan of a 1000 minarets started echoing from every direction as I stopped to take off my jacket. I almost fell to my knees in awe at the amazing feeling.

    I guess, Mansaf is that tiny piece of Jordan that I can take with me anywhere around the world, then consume it while floating atop the old building in Amman.

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    • #1
    • mohanned
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    • On: 1/31/2009 10:11:12 PM
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    Raisins? Beef? WTF man!
    • #2
    • mohanned
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    • Said
    • On: 1/31/2009 10:14:36 PM
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    بالمرة زيد سويت اند صور صوص..
    • #3
    • Qwaider
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    • On: 1/31/2009 10:43:51 PM
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    Sorry man, I know, some people don't stick to the authentic recipe. Shame on them :)
    • #4
    • hamede
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:00:41 PM
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    أنا عامل منسف اليوم وا بي صنوبر كمان
    المنسف إلي بعمله بخلي السيدات يزعلن حتى زوجتي بتغار مني يلا لحدا حوش.
    • #5
    • Ammar
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:03:07 PM
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    Again, Raisins?? la Marshmellows min marra!

    Ya sidi Sa7tain, bas quick question: your lunch box must be of the good air tight kind, like the مرطبان مخلل, Mansaf professionals, and I'm sure you're one, except for that Raisins thing, can smell it from miles away.

    • #6
    • hamede
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:05:56 PM
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    مهند ليش السلطية بحطوا قارمة  على المنسف BBS
    • #7
    • mohanned
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:16:38 PM
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    لويش؟
    • #8
    • hamede
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:18:27 PM
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    بحبش بي صنوبر
    • #9
    • mohanned
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:24:19 PM
    • SpamScore=[-3.36]
    قويه..قويدر المرة الجاي  بتكون مقلوبة زهرة...عشان يكون أخر يوم الك بالشركه..
    • #10
    • whisper
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:51:52 PM
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    sa7teeeeen ..... this is what they called "3'ada fa5er 3al2a5er" :D
    • #11
    • hamede
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    • On: 1/31/2009 11:59:17 PM
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    مهند أرجو انك ما زعلت أنا بمزح مع اصدقائي السلطية زي هيك
    أسف اذا أزعلتك
    • #12
    • mohanned
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    • On: 2/1/2009 12:17:15 AM
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    آه زعلان وبدي منسف عشان أرظى...يا زلمه إنت زعلتني بإنك فكرت اني زعلت..ابيش اشي بزعلني إلا زبيب على منسف...
    • #13
    • hamede
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    • On: 2/1/2009 12:20:50 AM
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    مش الثلاثاء ولا الأربعاء الخميس عشاكو عندنا
    • #14
    • nido
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    • On: 2/1/2009 12:34:31 AM
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    I've been hearing abt this mansaf of yours for a week now...the plan, the cooking and now the eating part!! shahaitoooni...biddi mannnnsafff!!!
    • #15
    • KJ
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    • On: 2/1/2009 7:19:08 AM
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    9a77a 9a77a

    mshan heik bet2olli 3andak shoghl aaah :P
    • #16
    • JUMANA :)
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    • On: 2/1/2009 7:42:52 AM
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    مممم ..."منسف" :) و أنا عم قول شو هل ريحة الطيبه ،، لك صحتين
    أنا لو فيني باكل منسف مع الترويقة، و الغدا، والعشاء، و بخترع سحور كمان....

    هيهيهي :p
    • #17
    • Rola
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    • On: 2/9/2009 3:27:03 AM
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    Mansaf is just great! But I found that my american coworkers are highly discussed by the smell of it, when I heat it in the microwave. So I guess you were better off eating it cold.
    • #19
    • Phil Leddy
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    • On: 6/24/2009 5:01:20 AM
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    hmmm....Mansaf..I fell in love with this food when I used to work in Amman. Now that I am in California, I was lucky enough to find a restaurant that serves pretty decent Mansaf. However I would like to attempt to cook this myself one day. I just hope that the recipe I choose from numerous ones of the internet is authentic..or at good.
    One thing I know for sure is that since all the recipes I have found calls for big portions of meat...i will have mansaf for days since iI am the only one who eats it here...lol (lucky me).
    • #20
    • medo31
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    • On: 7/6/2009 1:11:18 AM
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    i'm very sad
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