DOMINICAN FOOD IN PUNTA CANA
If you are looking for the perfect place to taste Dominican dishes in Punta Cana and you would like to learn about the most famous dishes of Dominican Republic, this delicious post is for you!
Discover the tastiest flavors of our gastronomy: the perfect mix of Indigenous, African and Spanish traditions on the same table.
DOMINICAN BREAKFAST: MANGU WITH ONIONS VINAIGRETTE AND THE THREE HITS: FRIED EGGS, SALAME AND CHEESE
Many of our visitors may think that this kind of breakfast is meant to keep us full for the whole day… and the truth is that they are not wrong! Original from the times of the colonization, the main goal of this dish was to give strength and energy to the the African slaves, who had to work for long journeys in the sunny plantations of the island… Another story about the base of this dish, the mangu, tells that many years later, once this delicious mix of mashed bananas was adapted to our culinary culture, a couple of American soldiers were invited to have breakfast at the house of a Dominican peasant, where they exclaimed after having tasted this delicacy: Man, Good! (then translated to mangú by the Dominicans…) keeping that name till nowadays. Would you like to try this delight in Punta Cana? Our best recommendation goes to VALENTINA’S.
DOMINICAN LUNCH LA BANDERA: WHITE RICE, BEANS, BEEF, TOSTONES AND AVOCADO SALAD
Go ahead and enjoy a meal without times, mixing different dishes in one single plate! Unlike many other countries, where lunch is a ritual in which you should taste first starters, then some broth or salad, followed by a main dish … here in the Dominican Republic we have simplified life a bit! Some variants of this dish are beans, which can be either red or black; the meat, which can be either pulled beef or stewed chicken and the tostones or FRITOS (in Dominican slang…) that can be either salty (made with green banana) or sweet (made with ripe banana). Put the cherry on top by ordering an additional service of aguacate and concón to make this the best lunch you’ll ever have in the Caribbean! Once in Punta Cana, you can find this dish in LA CASA DE YEYA or at DELICIAS.
DOMINICAN DINNER: CHIMI, THE DOMINICAN HAMBURGER
Have you ever heard the advice that says: ‘‘Have the breakfast of a King, the lunch of a Prince and the dinner of a Beggar”…? Well, if you have, forget about it! Because it does not apply to Dominican Republic! You will always find plenty of food in our plates, no matter the occasion… The first thing I have to say to you is that this typical burger is very hard to find in the area of Punta Cana, so if you really want to give it a try, you will need to go deep into the surrounding villages… This explosion of flavors, consists of a base of water bread and a filling of seasoned ground pork and caramelized cabbage with tasty pink sauce (a mix of mayo and ketchup); it can be found mostly in micro food stalls and it is usually enjoyed at night, after having enjoyed more than a few drinks…
TYPICAL DESSERT: SWEET BEANS
As surprising as this mix of flavors may sound to you, this delicious dessert, only prepared in the Dominican Republic, is seen by the Dominicans as a sacred elixir. This dish, which many of our visitors refuse to try, consists of a mixture of red beans (boiled in water, beaten and poured) whole milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, butter, raisins, cinnamon, chunks of sweet potato and some milk cookies as topping … Some locals cannot resist waiting for this dessert of Sweet Beans (yes, sweet, beans…) to cool down, so they devour their plate right away, as hot as it is… While others prefer it cold from the fridge. While some prefer not to beat the beans on the process, leaving the whole grains floating… others (those of us who are right) beat them very well and then strain them (because, that’s obvious)… While some, prefer to have their sweet beans without sweet potato or raisins, others (those of us who are still right…) prefer to go big, with even a little extra of every single chunk.
DOMINICAN DRINKS, SNACKS AND OTHER BITES
Once in Punta Cana, go with the local’s flow and let us welcome you with a Presidente right away! Don’t forget to give rum with sprite or coke a try; taste the tropical macoco, a mix of coconut water, white rum and pineapple juice… A very important drink to try is the mamajuana, mixture of sticks and branches from the natural reserve of Los Haitises, marinated in red wine, rum and honey! If you are all into healthy lifestyle, yoga and ETC… why not taste a refreshing passion fruit juice or Morí-Soñando? Which is a mix of orange juice and milk. Try a typical yunyún (which is not really that easy to find anymore..); some mabí or simply, a natural coconut water…
If you are still feeling hungry during your stay and you have the opportunity to try other bites, do not miss on the chance to take a sip of a delicious cup of brewed coffee… Have a little bit of asopao or sancocho prepared by some local family; some Pastelón de Plátano Maduro (the Dominican version of a lasagna, made with sweet plantain as a base); some Pastel en Hoja (Dominican version of Tamales); some yaniqueque, yuca dough, catibia, empanaditas, pastelitos, sweet potato or Bon ice cream, pudín de pan, concón de leche, guava jam or caramelized orange peel…
Go ahead and try something different! Once in Punta Cana: FORK IN HAND! The worst thing that could happen to you is that you end up giving Sweet Beans a try…
Do you know what to try now?
I do. IAMPUNTACANA