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A guide to Middle Eastern food in Oman

By Centara Hotels & Resorts Posted on 25 Aug 20

Apart from the breath-taking scenery and architecture of Oman, there is another crucial element that speaks to its elegance: delicious cuisine. During your stay, you won’t want to miss out on the delightful and authentic tastes of Middle Eastern food in Oman. Omanis are world-renowned for weaving creativity into their dishes. Their dishes include a wide range of ingredients – from fish and meat, to dates and coffee.

With that in mind, here are four delectable dishes to try while you’re here:


A guide to Middle Eastern food in Oman

Majboos is a rice dish that sometimes goes by the alternate names of Makboos and Kabsa. Originally from Saudi Arabia, the dish is very popular throughout the Arab-speaking world, and particularly in the Gulf states. Its prime components are basmati rice, a mixture of spices, chicken – or some other meat – and vegetables. In some restaurants, Majboos is served with yogurt, green salad or tomato sauce to balance out the essences and enhance the tastes. Majboos is best enjoyed while still hot, as the warmth further brings out the exquisite flavours.


A guide to Middle Eastern food in Oman

Meshkak is a classic Middle Eastern dish that has gained massive popularity throughout the world. It holds a different name in the English language – Kebab. Meshkak is typically a form of marinated mutton, beef, or chicken that is grilled on wooden sticks. The marinating plays an essential role as it allows the meat to become infused with flavour. The marinating paste is made with various spices and curry. After it is grilled, Meshkak is served with Omani bread. As you first bite into it, you may be surprised by the seemingly ordinary taste. But when you start to chew the meat, all of the exotic flavours will burst forth. It’s truly a culinary delight.


As Oman is a coastal nation, the people often incorporate fresh seafood into their cooking. For fish lovers, Mashuai is a must-try. Mashuai is grilled kingfish served with a unique and aromatic lemon sauce. When coupled with conventional Omani spices, this delicacy offers a culinary experience like no other. Mashuai is sure to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your stomach.


A guide to Middle Eastern food in Oman

The last item on this list is Harees. Often served during the holy month of Ramadan as well as at festivals and weddings, this dish consists of ground wheat mixed with seasoned chicken or lamb. It is usually coupled with a variety of sauces and vegetables as side dishes. With a consistency that varies between that of a dumpling and a porridge, this wholesome traditional dish will leave you both satisfied and energised.

Eat, drink, and explore!

Oman has a rich cultural history, and food plays a huge role in this. Just as you’ll want to explore the wondrous ancient architecture, you’ll also want to explore the tastes and textures of the delicious Middle Eastern food in Oman. So, what are you waiting for? Leave your culinary inhibitions at the door and try some Omani food. The delicious dishes of Oman will be sure to have you saying, “O man that’s good!”

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