Sea cow, turtle, and fish remain ceremonial dishes, along with bougna, a dish of steamed yams and meat cooked under hot stones.
Pork and turtle are feast foods, with chicken also being reserved for special occasions.
The traditional national dish is turtle ; conch is also popular, either served raw with lime juice and onions, or cooked as a stew, chowder, or fritters.
One of the main dishes was a soup - soft shelled turtle soup.
She told me about Escoffier's cookbook and its recipe for turtle soup.
The ball came to an end at 3am, when the waitresses served turtle soup.
However, several species of sea turtles continue to be endangered by the Omani taste for turtle soup.
A 150-year-old turtle that came to shore on Victoria's south coast cut and disabled by discarded fishing tackle has died.