How, Where and What to Eat and Drink in Rum
Cooking and Shopping
There are several small Beduin shops in Rum Village. They are open at various hours and days of the week, but it is almost always possable to find a open store, the execptions are on some of the various religious holidays. The cheaper ones are located further inside the village, away from the tourist side of things, these are the best to use, since they are more likely to charge you the "local" prices instead of the "tourist price". Get to know the shop owners and you will not get ripped-off.
The shops sell all basic food items such as pasta, rice, flour and basic canned foods. Fresh produce is also available, but the quality and availability is variable and unpredictable. There are fresh eggs available, and you can also buy the chicken, dead or alive, if you want it. Yougurts and fresh cheeses like the local "Labane" (pronounced - La-Ba-Ne) is good, but remember to check the manufacture date on top before you buy it. Other good items to look for are: Pitas and various "interesting" biscuits and sweets. If you have special food requirements it will be best to buy it before you get to Rum.
The small kitchen behind the Rest House wich was available for climbers staying in the campground is no longer there. It had a gas stove and some pots, kettles etc.
There are many options available ranging in prices from 1JD up to 8JD per person. The most expensive meals are at the rest house, but it is usually possable to negociate a better price if you try. Then there are two resturants at the start of the village with medium prices and quality, and then there is the "local" returants in the village such as the "Moon Valley Resturant" wich gives the best value. It is possable to eat there for 1 1/2 - 2JD per person including a drink. Their speciality is "Falafel", which is a good safe meal made from fried chickpeas and can be served with Pita, Humus, Thahini and vegitable salads, If you want, they will also allow you to bring additional food that they do not serve from the shop across the street.
The resturant which was on the corner nearest the resthouse has moved south down the road and is still run by a fellow called Ata. He offers umungst other things, a vegetarian meal for around 1.5JD per person including tea or coffee and the food is ussually good. They also serve fresh fruit juices made while you wait. There is also a climbers guest book, but be sure to enter any new route info in the book in the resthouse.
Many people use the tap water from the rest house for drinking and cooking, and there are rarely any problems, if there is it is more likely to be from some suspect food, esspecially meat. There is always cold bottled water available. It is best to buy it from the stores in the village, since it is half the price that the Rest House charges. The 1.5liter bottles that the water is sold in are very not strong and they break inside a backpack, so transfer the water into something else for hiking and climbing. Remember to take at least two liters per person per day on hikes and climbs.