Jordanians enjoy national dish on the go

Jordan's national dish in a cup

Location: Amman

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."