Local food and customs are considered as cultural and tourism attractions in every city. Tourists always like to become familiar with foods and customs native to the area they are visiting. It is even probable that a particular food in a region serves as an attraction and incentive for tourists to travel there. The Island indigenous people have good tastes and give much importance to the quality and taste of foods. Therefore, a great diversity can be seen in the Island foods which is constantly used as a ritual and tradition. This practice in itself is considered as a positive cultural transition from the current generation to the younger generation. Such simple, yet nutrient-rich foods are often produced naturally and via thinking.
Berize bread - Falzin bread - Dough bread - Los bread - Pan bread - Chabab bread – Bent al mahlay – Mustir bread – Argag bread
Margh Diay – Margh Dal - Mashwy – Machboos Laham - Machboos Diay - Machboos Semach - Mohamar - Dafneh – Margh Laham - Margh Semach - Beryani - Harseh – Eyshe Sokah - Mashwy Akviti- Mazroobah - Jeshid - Yirish - Ghouzi
Khabisah - Sago - Legymat - Rangineh - Khanforoush - Nehsa - Balalyt - Asideh – Arrit - Jalab
Machboos Lahm is the official food at weddings, parties and festivals in the Island, which reflects the value and respect of a house owner for their guests. The dish had almost maintained its value as the main local food in the Island since the past. Moreover, Machboos can be cooked in three ways which is with fish meat, chicken meat, or red meat, the last one of which gives more value to the dish and is served at ceremonies as the official dish. In order to prepare Machboos, a number of ingredients including meat, rice, local and Arabic spices, peas, raisins, and onions are used. The dressing which is constantly prepared along with Machboos is called “Hashva”, the ingredients of which are onions, peas, raisins and dried lime giving a special taste to this meal.
A special oven is used for baking Berize bread. The place on which the bread is baked in this oven is made of clay. Moreover, a fire was used to be made under the oven using firewood. The dough was put on the clay when it was hot enough. They used such a process to bake extremely thin breads famous as Berize. “Mahyaveh and animal fats" are also used as dressing on the breads to make them delicious and nutritious.
Khabiseh is a kind of simple Halva, which is quickly and easily baked. Firstly, the wheat or rice flour is fried in the oil. Secondly, they boil a solution of sugar and water in a pan until it becomes solid. Then, they add it to the fried flour. They usually add cardamom and saffron to Khabiseh prior to taking it off the fire. Khabiseh is usually made in feasts, parties and weddings.
A great history exists in the way the local coffee is prepared which has been passed generation to generation to the Kish Island indigenous people. It is currently served with particular customs as the main drink for the guests, which is a sign of respect and hospitality to them. The Island indigenous people roast raw coffee beans on a special pan. Then, they grind them with a wooden pestle, turning them into powder. In the final stage, some cloves and cardamom are added to it. Every time they want to serve the drink, they pour one or two spoons of it into a special flask and add some boiling water to it.
The Anthropology House of Kish Indigenous People provides a VIP party package for tourists in order to introduce local dishes to them, in which two main types of local foods (Machboos made with meat and fried fish with local spices) along with Laghimat sweets and Arabic coffee special to the Island indigenous people with a serving style special to them are offered to tourists. It is worth mentioning that the package has been greatly used and welcomed by many so far.