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The food glossary +++ 'Ovenproof', 'Ouzo', 'Oua'
Oua is the Thai word referring to a "bean curry".

Osh is another name of Plov , the Uzbekistan's version of Pilav. Osh is the flagship of Uzbek cookery. It consists mainly of fried and boiled meat, onions, carrots and rice; with raisins, barberries, chickpeas, or fruit added for variation. Uzbek men pride themselves on their ability to prepare the most unique and sumptuous Osh. The Oshpaz, or master chef, often cooks Osh over an open flame, sometimes serving up to thousands of people from a single cauldron on holidays or occasions such as weddings. It certainly takes years of practice with no room for failure to prepare Osh, at times, containing up to 100 kilograms of rice. It is very hard to cook just a cup of rice and to cook 100 kilos of rice is much, much harder. It really takes a "Master" to cook Osh.

Ocakbasi refers to a Turkish grill restaurant with an open fire pit in the middle; it also refers to a grillroom. In Ocakbasi, there is a variety of Kebabs cooked on an open fire pit or barbecue in the middle of the restaurant where the customers can watch the Kebab being grilled/cooked and be able to eat freshly grilled Kebab. This is a nic eplace to visit to while in Turkey, something new. I think I can not remember if we have something like this in the Philippines, we have some Filipino native restaurants with Singing Waiters, but nothing like Ocakbasi.

Otaheiti Apple refers to a fruit said to be introduced from the Pacific by Captain Bligh. Otaheiti Apple is ear-shaped and ranges from pink to ruby red in color. This fruit is usually eaten fresh, though it can be packed in red wine or turned into a refreshing cold drink.

Omusubi is another term for Onigiri which refers to a Japanese snack made of rice formed into triangle or oval shapes and wrapped in Nori (edible seaweed). Traditionally, the Omusubi is filled with pickled salted plum fruit called Umeboshi, salted salmon, bonito shavings, Katsuobushi , or any other salty or sour ingredient. In practice, pickled filling which is used for Omusubi or Onigiri is used to preserve the rice. Since the Omusubi is one of the most famous and popular snacks in Japan, most convenience stores in Japan stock Omusubi in many popular fillings and tastes. Specialized shops, called Onigiri-ya, offer handmade rice balls for take out. Omusubi is also spelled O-Musubi .

Opossum refers to a cat-sized marsupial with a prehensile tail native to the Southern and Midwestern United States. Opossum which said to have a flavor resembling a young pig can be prepared in the same way as roasting a suckling pig.