Jordan's national dish in a cup
Mansaf is usually served on a large dish
for people to gather around
but restaurant owner Mohammad Dawood
gave it a modern twist
(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 we can still have that at home."
Mansaf is cooked using lamb meat and yogurt
served with rice and flatbread
and topped off with nuts
The cup version costs $1.4
but not all Jordanians are impressed
with the on-the-go Mansaf
(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 honor, it reflects the host's respect for his guests. Mansaf is the best thing to serve to your guest."