Food in Kuwait

Kuwaiti cuisine is a fusion of Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines. A prominent dish in Kuwaiti cuisine is machboos, a rice-based specialty usually prepared with basmati rice seasoned with spices, and chicken or mutton (pork is highly restricted due to religious reasons).

Seafood is a very significant part of the Kuwaiti diet, especially fish. Local favourites are hamour (grouper), which is typically served grilled, fried, or with biryani rice because of its texture and taste, zbaidi, safi (rabbitfish), and sobaity (bream).

Kuwait’s traditional flatbread is called Iranian khubz. It is a large flatbread baked in a special oven and it is often topped with sesame seeds. Numerous local bakeries dot the country, the bakers are mainly Iranians (hence the name of the bread Iranian khubuz). Bread is often served with mahyawa fish sauce.

There are many other cuisines available due to the international workforce in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti National Dishes


Kabsa is a mixed rice dish that originates from Saudi Arabia but is commonly regarded as a national dish in many Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

The dish is made with rice and meat. It can often be found served in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The dish is also popularly known as makbūs.

Country Food - Kuwait - Machboos
Country Food – Kuwait – Machboos