Yup, what you are looking at my dear friends is the Leaning Tower of Crème Caramel. Believe me, Dhofaris only eat creme caramel in Ramadan. Same with oatmeal, dumplings, vimto, samboosas, jelly, etc. So, what exactly is the Ramadan menu? Let me explain; every afternoon during Ramadan every kitchen in Salalah is busy producing the same dishes. Call to prayer comes at sunset, and everyone gathers around the mat/table to eat the same dishes. I'm telling you, it's true! I've asked all my friends and they all eat the same thing. They have an eating marathon from the moment the call to prayer comes and for about ten minutes until it's time to pray. During those ten minutes, every person will stuff as much food into their face as possible, and in no particular order. It's a free for all. You want to eat jello with your samboosa? Go ahead! How about watermelon and beef soup? Be my guest.
Dhofari Iftar Menu: The Everyday Basics:
Samboosas سمبوس (usually filled with spicy vegetables and ground beef)
Luqaymat لقيمات: (sweet dumplings dipped in sugar syrup)
Soup شوربة: ( Ramadan soup made with beef, vegatables and oats. Quite delicious with lemon)
Vimto فيمتو: (red poison)
Coffee & Dates
Thareed ثريد : (a traditional Omani dry bread soaked in a beef sauce. Tasty)
Sandwiches: (usually most families will have an assortment of small sandwiches)
Usually a dish of spicy macaroni
Watermelon (to ensure you have the worst case of Digestive Volcanos in the history of mankind)
Kindly note that all of this is eaten at the same time. Some families are brave enough to introduce new dishes to this menu. Lots of families have a variety of cold desserts (usually a mix of creme caramel, custard, jello, swiss rolls and dream whip. Lots and lots of dream whip). Also note, dear friends, that most families will have a heavy meal of rice and meat/chicken later on in the night (anytime between 10 p.m and 1 a.m). I can only imagine what their sleep/dreams must be like after such a heavy meal. Oh, well. This is our culture. We developed these odd eating habits (our ancestors certainly didn't eat like that) somewhere over the past 20 years I suppose. What do you eat in Ramadan? Give me proof that there are people out there that eat normally!