Amazing food probably isn't your first thought whenever someone mentions the island nation of Bahrain.
In fact, you'd be forgiven for first thinking about Bahrain as a banking and tourism hot spot. Home to many financial structures, it's famous as one of the Middle East's most prominent post-oil economies. Tourists flock to the cities and beautiful coastlines, and the hot temperatures are a year round feature that is always quick to come to mind.
Beyond being a stunning high-income economy, however, this nation is home to quite a few national specialties the are sure to please the palate. Once in possession of your Visa to Bahrain, and its culinary wonders will be yours for the sampling.
The diet consists of large amounts of fish, rice, fruit, dates, flat bread, and dairy. Being an island nation with limited space and much desert, a large part of the diet consists of animal flesh.
As pork is taboo in the country, the principal meats used in cooking are lamb, chicken, turkey, and duck. Fish is probably the most consumed animal, and the traditional Bahraini diet includes lots of grouper, mackerel, nagroor, shrimp, crab, and lobster. Like much other Arab food, there is a tendency towards strong and spicy flavoring.
Bahraini's consume typically Arab food like falafel (a kind of pita bread) and shawarma (meat wrapped in flat bread). Machbous, a kind of steamed fish with rice, is popular. As is Muchammar (brown rice with dates), Baba Ghanoush (smoked aubergine with garlic, yogurt, and sesame paste), and Sambousa (meat-filled pastries).
Qoozi, which is grilled lamb stuffed with rice, eggs, onions, and spices, is a particularly delicious item. Halwa, a traditional dessert filled with spices and nuts, is also very popular.
Due to Bahrain's influence on trade, and the number of different cultures that have come through the island, there are influences in the food served in Bahrain from other countries. The fingerprints of Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Italian, and American influence can all be found there.
This can be most prominently seen by the incredible selection of soft drinks, juices, teas, milk, and other non-alcoholic drinks that originated in other countries. Non-alcoholic is a key phrase in that sentence. There is very little alcohol available in Bahrain. What little that is available is off limits to Muslims, due to cultural reasons. Instead, there is a strong tradition of drinking coffee, the country's most popular beverage. The country is home to many different cafes, each with their own twist on the coffee culture.
The island is considered a marvel for good reason, and the food, a delicate blend of traditional sensibilities and modern influence, creates a unique experience all its own. With an eVisa, Bahrain will be a definite favorite on your short list of nations to visit in the near future.