Incredible Omani Food and Attractions Mansaf (منسف‎) - The Ultimate Jordanian 4 months ago   33:15

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On Day 6 of our round the world trip for food, we were Muscat, Oman. We started off visiting some attractions in Muscat like the fish market and souk, then had some amazing Omani food, and visited a couple beaches. The highlight of the day for me was eating Omani street food mishkak and an Omani meal of camel and rice.

00:51 Chai karak and cheese bread in the car - A common Omani food breakfast is the combination of tea, which is usually called chai karak, and cheese bread. So after meeting up with Mustafa, we had a quick breakfast in the car before driving over to the Muscat fish market.

2:03 Muscat Fish Market - One of my favorite things to do in any destination is go to the market, and I love fish markets. Muscat, being right along the coast, has plenty of seafood, and so we walked around the Muscat fish market for a while. It’s not a huge fish market, but there’s plenty to see, and it’s a great attraction in Muscat.

4:00 Muttrah Souk - The Muttrah Souk is the traditional market / bazaar in Muscat, and it’s a wonderful place to walk around and get lost shopping and browsing through the narrow alleys. At the Muttrah Souk, Mustafa bought me a kuma, which is a type of hat that’s one of the Omani national hats.

7:42 Al Alam Palace (Sultan's Palace) - After visiting the souk, we drove over the the Al Alam Palace, also known as the Sultan's Palace. Although you can’t go inside, you can get a view of it from the outside.

8:30 Bait Al Zubair Museum - 2 OMR ($5.19) - The Bait Al Zubair Museum is one of the important museums in Muscat and it’s a great place to visit to learn about Omani culture.

9:49 Qantab Beach - There are many beautiful beaches in Oman, and before lunch, we took a drive over to Qantab Beach just to take a look. Qantab Beach is spectacular with sparkling clear water.

11:11 Bait Al Luban Restaurant - For lunch we went to an Omani food restaurant called Bait Al Luban Restaurant. Located near the fish market, it was a former inn that’s now been renovated into a restaurant that serves traditional Omani food and some fusion modern Omani food. The restaurant is popular with both locals and tourists, and although it was a little fancier than I had expected, it was very nice, and the food was delicious. Shuwa is one of the Omani food national dishes, include lamb and rice, and that was one of the best dishes of the meal.

19:13 Qurum Beach - After resting for a while in the afternoon, we then headed to Qurum Beach, one of the main beach attractions in Muscat that’s right within the city. It’s a great place especially when the sun dies down in the late afternoon.

20:03 Al Seeb for Mishkak - There’s not a lot of Omani street food when you’re walking around Muscat, but a short drive away is Al Seeb, and there are some stalls that are famous for serving Mishkak, which is Omani style grilled meat on skewers. All the mishkak was delicious, but I especially liked the mutton liver mishkak.

24:43 Camel Restaurant - I’m not sure what the name of this restaurant was, but they are known in Muscat for serving camel. You walk inside and they have a variety of Omani food dishes already prepared, and you can choose whatever you like. We ordered a combination of camel curry and fried camel with a huge bed of rice, salad, half a chicken and some yoghurt on the side. The camel blew me away with how delicious it was, and especially the chunks of camel hump were extraordinary.

For more details about my Muscat trip, check out my Muscat travel guide here: https://goo.gl/bGfsoJ

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Comments 4103 Comments

Doctor Love
This video completely changes the perception about Arabic nations... So beautiful and clean.. People r very friendly.. Waiting for more videos.. Thanks Mark!! 👍👍
Flora Espudo
OH!!!WOW THAT FOOD LOOKS SO DELICIOUS MMM GOOD I ❤LOVE❤IT
ItsMeNalan IMN
19:29 Its not karam, its kuram
No offense cos I too live in oman!
Ahmed Said
Thank you for putting orman on the map. Beautiful country.
Sherry Khong
Not hating but what ever u eat u act like u never ate before and u est sloppy like when u put the sauce u don't out it in one spot u put it on the other side like sloppya
ra ra
Of course, it helped Murrican viewers that Mark said that Muscat is in OMAN!! LOL!
Charles Martel
Your omani guy is so respectful and polite
claud riri
How are you so skinny?? 😭
Ahmad Hammad
Nic hair
Silver Eyes
نورت عمان.. مارك 🌹
ingrid jones
You look good in your Kuma.
Nazmus Shaon
Your expression is horrible and discusting.
nxx97xx .x
I'm omani u shouldn't come there in summer its blazing hot if you come on winter in breezy you should visit salalah
ruba ahmed
how can you travel so much how much money you he
Khaleef Ulla khan
You are looking amazing mark
Abdulrahman Albadi
Everything is great about the video, Mustafa seems a really nice guy, and you covered Oman in an amazing way. Just pointing out in 17:55, in our culture it's not polite to serve yourself before serving the guest (or any one accompanying you). People especially elder one's might criticism you for such an act. Mustafa was really good guide, nice and humble though.
Pancratius Pudin
Thank you for this Video Mark.
Never been to Oman but looking for a trip over there.
Dija Lamki
I absolutely love how well he describes everything (especially the ocean
Val Maiz
My 2nd home: Muscat, Oman.
Punk Baloch
Please come to balochistan Pakistan we love to welcome you
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Mansaf (منسف‎) - The Ultimate Jordanian Incredible Omani Food and Attractions 4 months ago   19:35

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Mansaf is the ultimate Jordanian food you should try: http://migrationology.com/mansaf-jordan/

Considered the national dish of Jordan, and a dish that nearly every Jordanian loves, you are bound to taste Jordan with every bite of mansaf you taste. This was my first time to ever try mansaf, and I was so happy and excited, it was incredible.

What is mansaf (منسف‎)?

Mansaf (منسف‎) is a Jordanian food that consists of three main things: rice, lamb, and jameed. The rice is often cooked with turmeric to give it a yellow color, and the lamb is cooked in jameed, and then more jameed is served on the side as a sauce for the rice and lamb. Finally, the lamb and rice is topped with a handful of fried nuts, either pine nuts or sliced almonds, and the full meal is then served with a variety of fresh vegetables like onions and arugula.

What is jameed (جميد)?

Jameed is a type of goat yoghurt that is dried and fermented and made into a hard ball shape. It’s traditionally prepared by Bedouins in the desert who preserve the goat milk by making it into jameed so that it lasts for a long time and can be used slowly. If you visit a Bedouin tent or village, you’ll often see balls of jameed resting on the roof of the tent, drying in the hot sun. For mansaf, the jameed is re-hydrated and made into a sauce, and it gives the unique signature taste and richness of the dish. I had my first taste of jameed, and it was amazing. You can really taste the goat and taste the pastures and grass and shrubs that the goats have eaten in every bite. It definitely has a bit of a meaty taste to eat.

Along with mansaf being an incredibly delicious food, one of the great things about it are all the traditions and customs that come along with eating it. It’s a typical food to eat at Jordanian festivals and celebrations. The mansaf is served on a big tray, and everyone stands around the tray, taking bites with their right hand. You pick up some rice with lamb, and douse it in jameed, then roll it into a ball shape in your palm, making sure there’s some lamb in the middle of the rice and that the entire mansaf ball is held together with jameed. One you have a ball ready, you drop it into your mouth, making sure you don’t touch your lips so that you don’t contaminate your fingers - then you repeat again. Once you are finished eating, you can then lick your fingers clean, and it’s acceptable, that’s pretty cool!

Tawaheen Al Tawa Restaurant - To eat mansaf in Amman, Jordan, we went to one of the most famous restaurants in the city, Tawaheen Al Tawa, a huge restaurant institution in Jordan. The restaurant serves all sorts of delicious Jordanian and Arabic foods, and they especially specialize in mansaf and bbq meats - we had the mansaf. Our tray came out, a pile of rice topped with a heap of lamb, and side bowls of jameed. The combination of the dish, and the method of eating it, made it one of the most memorable meals I ate when I was in Jordan. Price - About 10 - 15 JD ($14.06 - $21.09) per person

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