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"Working in the oilfields of the Middle East has given me the opportunity to experience some of the finest culinary delights I've ever had. This quiz will explore traditional Arabic foods and cooking techniques, primarily those found in Oman."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Like many people from the Western world, I require caffeine to get motivated for a long, hard day at the office. If I'm in a traditional Omani coffeehouse, which word would I be looking for on a menu so I could order a cup of coffee?
A popular staple of an Omani breakfast is rukhal. I don't think I've sat down to breakfast without it. Which of these would best describe rukhal?
A thin bread
A mixture of nuts and seeds
Because of the extreme temperatures associated with the Middle East, lunchtime is sometimes only a light soup served with rice. Many soups I've sampled have been quite hearty with unique flavors. Which of the following would you find listed with other soups on an Omani menu?
Many Omani people prefer to have a large lunch with a lighter dinner in the evening. One dish I look forward to is kofta. If I had to describe kofta to a person unfamiliar with the dish, which might be a suitable comparison?
Like many Eastern countries, rice is a basic component of many Omani meals. You can find rice served with nearly every traditional Arab dish, whether it be seafood, beef, lamb or vegetables. In Arab countries, the rice is prepared with a particular spice which gives it a wonderful flavor and a rich yellow color. Which spice would produce this appealing flavor and color in the rice so popular in Omani cooking?
Oman is situated on the Arabian Gulf, so there is an abundance of seafood available to the diner. Which of these fish would you most commonly find in Omani restaurants?
During Omani festivals, special meals are prepared which are not typical during non-festival months. With which style of cooking would marinated meats be wrapped in banana leaves and buried beneath the ground in fiery pits?
Because Oman is a Muslim country, most of the citizens do not consume alcoholic beverages. Fruit juices, flavored waters, colas and yogurt drinks are the drinks of choice for most Omani people. Karkade is a tea that can be served either hot or cold and is found in many areas of Oman as a healthy alternative to colas. From which flower is karkade brewed?
Oman is a land of nomadic people. Many tribes of people move from place to place which makes preparing meals difficult. Maqdeed is a type of food particularly valuable to these wandering groups. What is maqdeed?
Blended rice, wheat and grains
Hand held meals wrapped in banana leaves
Nuts, berries and fruits
Much like the rest of the world, the Omani people enjoy something sweet after their nightly meal. Which of these desserts could you find served after a traditional Arab meal?
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Compiled Jun 19 13