Cuisine in Yemen is an integral part of the culture of the country, differs from the more commonly known Middle Eastern delicacies and also varies from district to district. The main dishes from the Yemen Cuisine are prepared from chicken and lamb with saltah (scrambled eggs and vegetables as common ingredients) but Socotra island, due to its remote location, parched land and ancient traditions, offers a rather different choice.
Local restaurants serve simple meals with plain or spiced (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom) rice and flat arabian bread, fish and vegetable sauce (potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, beans and tomatoes) as staple products. Goat, chicken meat and eggs can be find in many restaturants but since fresh fish and seafood are available every day they are highly recommended, especially grilled and curry flavoured king fish and tuna or boiled lobster. All meals served are hot, staight from oven or pan to the table. The most frequently used lipids are the vegetable oil that is used to fry and semn, aclarified butter.
From local market it is possible to have some fruit like oranges, apples, bananas and papaia; tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and crougettes are also availble coming from Sana’a or Mukalla markets. Processed cheese and tins of tuna are always present in camp-sites.
Traditional breakfast is a meal not different from lunch or dinner, but for touristic pourpose it is always available an international mixture of food like bread, jam, honey, eggs, processed cheese to be served with coffee or tea and milk.
Socotra local restaturants are very basic: don’t expect a written menu or smart waiter but friendly services, just a plastic tablecloth and essential cover (knives, forks and spoons are not required on traditional meals for locals).
In camp-sites don’t expect tables and chairs (they can be included in organisation by Socotra Dream Travels & Tours) since most meals are prepared by local families and served on the floor next to your tent.
Bottled water and soft drinks are always available as well as spiced tea. Yemen is an islamic country and alcohol is prohibited. Some **** hotels might have some alcoholic drinks but the price are very high. Non-alcoholic beer can be found in many places. If you like wine or beer with your adventure, pack it. Foreigners are allowed to bring up to two liters of alcohol each into this otherwise dry country.