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Omo Tuo refers to Ghana's food of tenderly cooked rice that is moulded into balls (baseball-size) which is eaten with palm nut soup or groundnut paste soup. Omo Tuo simply means rice balls in Ghana.

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.

Oil Down refers to the national dish of Grenada which is described as a stew-like concoction made in large quantities with local vegetables such as callalou, dasheen, breadfruit, green fig (banana), and plantain. Popular additional ingredients to make the "Oil Down" are the pig snout, pig tail, salt mackerel, crab, or back and neck of the chicken, while the boullion used to make the stew is a mixture of coconut milk, saffron, water, and seasonings. Grenada is an island of volcanic origin in the Lesser Antilles chain ninety miles north of Venezuela.

Oladi refers to Russian breakfast food or dessert which is almost the same as Blinis (pancakes), but thicker and more hearty. Oladi is served with soured cream, honey or jam.

Offertje refers to a Dutch dessert/snacks made of small dough balls fried and dusted with powdered sugar.

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.

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