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Dominican Cuisine

Dominican History

Dominican Food History
The food of the Dominican Republic comes from the influences of many different countries and continents. Spaniards came to Hispaniola in 1492 and their arrival brought many new vegetables, grains and fruits, as well as animals. Additionally, the Spaniards brought the foods that were typical in their world as well as the Mediterranean.
Since then, other influences from other countries have also made their way into the traditional foods of the Dominican Republic.
Pasta is a main part of much of the food in the Dominican Republic. Many different and exotic ingredients include salted smoked herrings and codfish.

Chicharron - popular dish in Dominican Republic

Traditional Dominican Food

Traditional Foods in Dominican Republic
Most of the main food groups can be found in a traditional Dominican meal. A Dominican dish may include seafood, meat, grains, vegetables, dairy products, and fruits.
A common breakfast might include fruit like passion fruit, mangoes, pineapples, papaya, bananas, zapote or jaguar. There is also the traditional mangu that has a savory flavor perfect for starting the day. It is made from mixing taro, cassava and mashed plantains.
Much in the way that lunch is the main daily meal for Spain, it is in the Dominican Republic as well. Most typically referred to as La Bandera, the meal that is most common is made up of red beans, rice and a meat such as fish, chicken, pork or beef, and a salad.
Dinner is often a light dish that usually consists of a sandwich and a cup of tea or hot chocolate.


Dominican Dishes

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        Popular Dishes in Dominican Republic

  • Niño envuelto - This favorite is a rice cake that is wrapped in a cabbage leaf.
  • Yaroa - A mixture of cheese, fries and meat.
  • Pastelitos - This is a baked puff pastry stuffed with sweet or spicy flavors such as guava, coconut, pineapple or cream cheese.
  • Chicharron - This dish is made of pork rinds that have been fried, but is sometimes made from beef, mutton or chicken.
  • Habichuelas con dulce - This is a sweet liquid dessert of red beans, coconut milk, raisins, cinnamon, condensed milk, butter, salt and sugar.
  • Moros y grandules con coco - This is a dish of coconut milk, peas and rice.
  • Sanchocho - A stew that is made up of large chunks of meat and vegetables in broth.
  • Sopa de mondongo - This is a traditional Latin American soup. It is made of slow cooked tripe, bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, celery, cilantro, vegetables and garlic.
  • Mofongo - This dish is popular in the Caribbean. It came from Puerto Rico and was adopted by the residents of the Dominican Republic. Made of fried green plantains or fried yuca, it is seasoned with olive oil, garlic, pork cracklings.
  • Arroz Con Leche - This dish is made of rice that has been mixed with milk or water and other seasonings.

Dominican Drinks

          Popular Dominican Drinks

  • Mama Juana - This drink is from the Dominican Republic. It is made of red wine, rum and honey that are soaked with herbs and tree bark and has a flavor similar to that of wine.
  • Mabí - This is a juice made up of the of different types of trees and sugar.
  • Morir Sonando - This popular drink is often made of milk, cane sugar and orange juice and is poured over crushed ice. Occasionally, evaporated milk is used or vanilla is added. It may taste like orange ice cream.

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