Before I kick off this review, is it Jizan, Jazan or Gizan? I still haven’t decided how I’m going to spell this city and I’m not going to try either.
Work took me to Jazan and this was my first visit to the capital of the Jizan region. I’ve heard a lot about the food from this region and it is also believed to have influences from Yemen due to its proximity to the border.
‘دار الخيمه’ (Dar Al Khayma)was recommended by my colleagues and we were to be treated with ‘Lamb Mandi’ and Al-Marsah, a local sweet delicacy.
The Mandi was decadent, loaded with choice cuts of meat and sprinkled with onions and raisins. The meat was slightly dark and the outside had been roasted to a darker tinge. There was nothing exceptional about the rice and to be real honest, the meat was quite bland too. The outer portion of the meat has some real flavour and the fat from the meat too was a great add on with the rice.
The Marsah is a local Jizani favourite. Made from ground brown bread and mashed with bananas and honey, we were told to try this before the Mandi and after the meal. I absolutely loved this simple sweet dish and coupled with the honey, it’s no wonder it’s considered comfort food.
I didn’t have much time to explore the city, but if you do plan on visiting Jizan then this would be a good place to start.