Muscat, the capital city of Oman, offers a rich cuisine of flavors that tantalize the taste buds of visitors from around the world. It’s a cuisine rather difficult to find outside of Oman, but that makes Omani food truly exciting to taste and discover.
The Omani Sultanate was historically a very important empire in the Middle East. Trade and fusion has been a part of the culture of Oman for centuries, and Omani food has been directly influenced by this. You’ll find spices from India and East Africa throughout Omani cuisine. There are even some Omani dishes that use coconut milk.
Fish and many types of seafood are a huge part of the local cuisine – dried fish due to the abundance of fish and the abundance of sunshine in Oman, a common ingredient. Another distinguishable ingredient is Omani dried lemons, which are present in many different dishes and provide a source of amazing flavor, they are considered the best in the world!
The city is a haven for food enthusiasts. Let’s embark on a culinary journey and discover some of the best dishes Muscat has to offer.
Shuwa, considered to be one of the national Omani foods and the crown jewel of Omani cuisine, is a must-try delicacy. Shuwa is a dish of lamb or goat marinated in a blend of spices, slow cooked in an underground sand oven for up to 48 hours. The meat is typically served on a big tray over a bed of rice. The tender, flavorful meat melts in your mouth and can be also served with traditional Omani bread. The dish is especially common to eat during family festivities and celebrations.
Harees is a beloved dish in Oman that can be enjoyed year-round in Muscat. This hearty porridge-like dish is made by simmering ground wheat, ghee and some type of meat (often chicken), creating a comforting and nourishing meal. The combination of aromatic spices, like cinnamon and cardamom, enhances the savory flavors, it’s usually served with a sweet date or raisin sauce to go with it. such a fantastic dish and a must try when visiting Muscat.
Prepare your taste buds for Makbous, a popular rice dish very similar to Kabsa, a popular Arabic dish originally from Yemen. Makbous is made of fragrant basmati rice and cooked with marinated chicken and vegetables, flavored with an assortment of spices, including saffron and black lime. The dish is garnished with raisins, almonds, and fried onions, creating a symphony of flavors. Makbous is a delicious and hearty meal that can be served with yogurt, tomato chutney and a salad on the side.
Halawa is one of the most authentic Omani desserts, your culinary journey in Muscat is not complete without tasting Omani Halwa. This traditional dessert is a true masterpiece, it’s made from starch and sugar cooked into a thick sticky paste and seasoned with rosewater, saffron and nuts. Enjoy a cup of Omani coffee alongside a generous serving of Halwa and experience the warmth and generosity of Omani culture.
And finally, because of its coastal location, Seafood is extremely popular in Muscat, from prawns and lobster to grilled fish and spiced calamari. The Omani-style grilled fish, marinated with local spices and served with fragrant rice is an absolute tasteful experience. A true haven for seafood lovers!
Muscat’s is a city full of gastronomic delights. The city’s vibrant food scene has something to offer everyone. these culinary delights will leave a lasting impression on your palate and make your visit to Muscat truly memorable.
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