Grab-and-go grub is fast making tracks in the Sultanate with food trucks and street stalls popping up left-right-and-centre in Seeb and Shatti Al Qurum. Here, Yummy Oman takes some of our faves for a (taste) test drive!
The recent Sur Al Hadid Beach Carnival, held last weekend in Seeb, saw some of the city’s top on-the-go eateries gather to feed the hungry masses as families, friends, and weekend wanderers gathered to celebrate the waterfront spring weather. Live musical performances rang out, entertainment and watersport activities abounded and, most enticing – the rich smell of char-grilled barbecue filled the air.
The city’s fleet of food trucks were out serving up a storm to Muscat foodies as the Beach Carnival – sponsored by Muscat Municipality, the Ministry of Tourism, the Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), and managed by Muscat Eat – marked the first official ‘coming together’ of the capital’s street food scene. It’s not an uncommon sight to see their mishkak grills sending up plumes of fragrant smoke along the Seeb Beach Road; near Al Mouj; and also in Shatti Al Qurum – as these artfully-decorated mobile kitchens forge a new culinary identity, bringing local Omani flavours street-side. Here are a few of our most mouth-watering favourites!
As its logo suggests, this big yellow food truck is all about carving, slicing, and dicing the most prime cuts of beef that go into the mince for their seriously juicy burgers. Like we’re talking triple-napkin territory here! With a restaurant located in the Al Hail area, you’ll find the Big T Grills truck all over the Seeb area – as what once started as a one-man street stall has now become a staple on the capital’s dining scene.
Must-try: Their loaded fries! We’re obsessed with the Chips Mishkak – crispy hand-cut fries topped with diced lamb, mixed salad, and drizzled in Big T Grill’s very own secrete house sauce. (They also offer a camel burger too!)
Location: Seeb Area
Timings: 7:00 p.m. till 12 midnight, daily
Contact: (+968) 9787-1515
(Photo credit: Google Maps/Nawaf 91)
Simple, straight-forward, no-frills. This street bites eatery located in Mabeleh is as it says – chicken and beef sandwiches. And boy, does it deliciously deliver! There was a line-up to get to their stall at the Beach Carnival over the weekend as hungry foodies clamoured for one of their satisfyingly crunchy, juicy char-grilled chicken and beef sandwich wraps. The ultimate hand-held street-eat, paired with a side of crunchy pickles, their fiery spicy sauce, and a sunset view of the sea – what could be better, we say?
Must-try: Chicken or beef? Beef or chicken? You know what we’re going to tell you – both!
Location: Mabeleh, near the Al Maha Petrol Station
Timings: 7:00 p.m. till 12 midnight, daily
Contact: (+968) 9060-0083
(Photo credit: Instagram/@chickenandbeef_)
This homegrown food truck bills itself as Oman’s first restaurant on wheels, serving up heaping helpings of succulent burgers, loaded fries, finger-lickin’ chicken wings and more. (And their Instagram gives us food envy!) Just follow your nose to the Al Mouj area and the mouth-watering smell of grilling patties and that’s where you’ll find it parked.
Must-try: We gone back more than once for their Smash Fries – think freshly-cut and fried chips slathered in gooey cheese and topped with jalapeños, smashed beef, and a moreish mixture of house-made sauces. But it’s their signature Granada burger that seals the deal when your belly’s rumbling. A juicy smashed beef patty, topped with fresh pomegranate and pomegranate molasses, arugula, cheese, and their special Granada sauce – it’s all you need between two buns.
Location: Al Mouj area
Timings: 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 midnight, daily
8:00 a.m. till 12 midnight, Thurs & Fri
Contact: (+968) 9177-6648 or (+968) 9307-7070
If there’s one street food worldwide that we dare call iconic – it’s the taco. This Mexican staple has been adapted in every form and every cuisine to suit every palate imaginable. We love this classic Cali version that let’s juicy skirt steak shine amid a punchy cilantro-lime vinaigrette!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
• 6, 6-inch white corn tortillas (you can sub yellow corn if you can’t find white corn)
•1-pound beef skirt steak, trimmed of fat and sliced into thin strips
• ½ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ½ tsp minced garlic
• 1 tsp oil
• 1 cup diced onion
• ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
• 2 cups thinly-sliced red cabbage
• ¾ cup cilantro leaves
• juice of 2 limes
• 1/3 cup oil
• 4 tsp minced garlic
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• 4 tsp sugar
• ¼ milk
• ½ cup sour cream
• Heat oil over medium heat. Season sliced steak with salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Add steak to pan and sauté until cooked through (about 8-10 minutes). Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes longer until garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and dice steak.
• Whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette. Add mixture to a blender and pulse 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add ¼ – 1/3 cup steak to each tortilla (if you microwave them for 30-45 seconds they’ll be easier to handle and super delicious) top steak with cabbage, onions, and chopped cilantro. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve immediately.