Kuwaiti ARABIAN LAHAM MANDI – Goat Biryani & GRAND MOSQUE Tour | Kuwait City, Kuwait

With my second and final day in Kuwait in full swing, I wanted to make sure I packed as many activities into the day as possible before my flight home. Come along with me as I try the Kuwaiti and Arabian version of goat biryani and go on a Grand Mosque tour in Kuwait City, Kuwait!

Local Tour Kuwait:

My afternoon kicked off at an amazing spot that sells Kuwaiti and Yemeni cuisine! You take off your shoes, sit on the floor to eat, and they put down a plastic sheet for to cover the floor.

We ordered a basmati rice dish with goat meat and crispy onions called laham mandi. It came with tomatoes and a gazpacho-like tomato sauce with on the side. After you mix everything in, you go in with one hand and go to town! It was so fresh and juicy! I loved the fresh meat and the onions gave it a really nice twist. I tried it with a little of the tomato sauce, which had some heat to it! I loved how spicy it was! I could eat the whole plate. It was too good! Hands down, it was my favorite dish in Kuwait so far.

I also had a milk drink with mint, which tasted kind of like buttermilk. Afterward, I chatted with a fan from Kerala! Then, we headed to a traditional shisha café in the center of the city. The shisha was good, but I got a little lightheaded because I never smoke! It was stronger than the one I’d had the day before. It was so strong, I had to pass out for ten minutes afterward!

Back outside, we passed by old buildings in the center of the city on our way to an old mall to find a Kuwaiti map. It was nice and air-conditioned, which I needed after my head spinning from the shisha!

Only a handful of the shops in the mall were open. It was basically empty. None of the stores had a map, so we continued on to the Grand Mosque of Kuwait.

The Grand Mosque was built from 1979 to 1986. It’s the largest and official mosque of Kuwait and spans 45,000 square meters. The building itself is 20,000 square meters and has teak wood doors. There are also 144 windows. It was sunset, so it was golden hour. I hoped we’d be able to go inside!

The mosque was huge! I took off my shoes and we went inside. A couple of countries provided materials for the mosque. Egypt provided carpets and Italian marble covers the walls. There are also Moroccan mosaics and gypsum in the flowery geometric art around the doors. The stained glass windows came from France, while the crystal chandeliers came from Germany.

Free tours take place at the Grand Mosque every half hour between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. My guide, Aziz, explained that there’s a main prayer hall and a small prayer hall at the back. Roughly 50,000 people can fit inside the mosque. The main hall can fit 10,000 people, and the women’s hall fits 500. No man can enter that hall. Every Ramadan and every Friday, people use the main hall. It’s such a beautiful mosque.

In the main hall is a niche that amplifies the voice of the imam and indicates the direction of the prayer to the worshippers. After visiting the niche and listening to the echo of our claps, Yousef and I headed through a door and up some stairs to go up to the pulpit, where the imam gives his Friday speech before the prayer. You can see the entire hall from the pulpit!

There, you can also see a 30-year-old copy of a 1,400-year-old religious book from Turkey. It was fascinating to hear the story behind it!

If you’d like to explore Kuwait, I recommend hiring Local Tour Kuwait to show you around!

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  2. Food looks great, but what an awful way to eat it! I'd take a spoon!


    Omg wow so perfect 🥰

  4. you style good one long sleeve one short mashallah brother

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  6. That guy looks like Ranbir kapoor 😂

  7. Big respect to the local guide, he presented Gulf and Yemeni food which really reflects area food culture – you David been great exploring local food

  8. ❤🖤😍

  9. Abdullah Albraiky

    It's not Kuwaiti, mandi is only Yemeni but famous in all arabia its the guides fault for not doing basic research and introducing him to non Kuwaiti food as kuwaiti

  10. shafeek rahim poomaruthikuzhiy


  11. shafeek rahim poomaruthikuzhiy

    Plz subcrb my chaanal

  12. shafeek rahim poomaruthikuzhiy

    Super boss

  13. I worked in kuwait 5years as a office boy.. i m here in india.. i m really missing kuwait

  14. IceComicHD JUMPER

    look the way you are eating maybe the person with you wants to eat too, 0% education, i understand to eat with clean hands the food, but not to split out the things you are puting in your mouth

  15. I'm pretty sure thats Lamb and not goat I go to the same restaurant though I could be mistaken. Thanks for the video David, you are amazing you dont go to the generic trendy tourist hotspots. Thanks for treading the unbeaten path.

  16. Humoud Almutairi

    Mandi is Yameni good not India .. setting in the floor is Arabian way no Indian

  17. حرام مفروض يعزمه ام العيش⚘😅

  18. "Tour guide"

  19. You have good taste in meat….lamb and goat.

  20. surprised that not that many people have watched this. A great introduction to Kuwaiti cuisine and culture 🙂

  21. Looks like David loves Indian food …. He just compares with Indian food wherever he goes. He learnt very well how to eat with hands …. Great

  22. Incredible Hulk

    Kuwaiti man is speechless.


  24. karthik kesiraju

    David displayed atleast 7 diff sitting forms!!!

  25. For god sake you're eating together eat properly so that the other person can eat as well you're spilling the food all over from your mouth into the same plate

  26. Lucky goat biryani is available in Miami.

    Life just won’t ever be the same again after eating the best and real biryanis of India

  27. This tour guide is soooooo misinformed

  28. 21BTBLA129 Mehma Ahmad

    david is lit.

  29. Looks hungry . I love mandi very tasty

  30. Denisse Villanueva

    Disgusting i can't stand people eating with their hands. Make me sick:(

  31. 🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️🇦🇲❤️

  32. Hi David @Davidsbeenhere, I'm from Philippines but base here in Kuwait, I love watching your food blogs…. Please travel also to Philippines and enjoy our local foods as well

  33. Kuwait is a balanced country between KSA and UAE.
    I was born and live in Kuwait and witnessed the Iraq invasion.

  34. Give me a fork & spoon anytime! 🍽

  35. https://youtu.be/bCoiQ6XZjIo

  36. The reason alot of places and shops in kuwait are empty is because of the corona virus, and mass gatherings are not recommended, usually its always packed not just weekends.

  37. David have you ever try indian famous ghost pepper

  38. A Stupid Tourist

    Thanks David for showing us Kuwait . It opened my eyes 👀 😎🇰🇼 .

  39. @ 6:30 laban is = butter milk its the same.. maybe he did'nt understand what you mean .. thats why its sour .. i think they add mint with it .. any way nice caverage .. more than welcome in Kuwait .. keep going need for more like it .. Thanks

  40. Is it just me or did David look really hungry when he attacked that Mandi ?

  41. gazpacho hahaha the guy is like no no no
    pls stop those stupid associations ppl gets offended
    u want to show off how traveled u r but ppl do gets offended

  42. Guys pull the plate nearer 😂

  43. Marianne Louise VICTORY


  44. Welcome to kuwait 😍👍🏻

  45. I love your channel, with your travel you have educated so much! Thank you David✌️👍🏻❤️

  46. Wash your hands with sanitiser otherwise you suffer from corona

  47. Visit Nepal bro

  48. Nithin Muralidharan

    I like your videos. However have a suggestion. Try not to waste food please.

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