The Dominican Republic is a country situated in the continent of North America. It is a Caribbean country famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning mountain scenery, and tropical climate. This coastal country was first explored by Christopher Columbus and as such, was influenced by the Spanish, the Africans, and the native Taíno people. As a product of its diverse history and different geographical regions, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of food both for locals and travelers to enjoy. Some traditional food in the Dominican Republic originated elsewhere while some have its roots in the country. Thus, by indulging the popular Sancocho dish, the unique Morir Soñando drink, and other traditional Dominican food, one can experience the culture of the society. Below is a list of traditional food in Dominican Republic that one must definitely try.
Sancocho is considered a national dish of the Dominican Republic. The term “sancocho” refers to a meat stew that originates in Spain. It is a type of food available not only in the Dominican Republic but also in other Latin American countries, with the style of sancocho varying in each country. Sancocho also exists in several forms within the Dominican Republic. But wherever it is located in the country, it is called Sancocho de Siete Carnes which means seven-meat stew. As the name implies, it is a stew containing a mixture of seven different kinds of meat. The kinds of meat used vary but the usual ones are beef, pork, goat meat, and chicken. Sancocho is mixed with root vegetables and often served with rice and avocado.
If Sancocho is considered a national dish, mangú can be established as an official Dominican breakfast. Mangú means plantain mash and is said to originate from Africa. It is a green banana purée that is boiled, mashed, and often topped with sautéed red onions and comes with an egg. It is usually served with Dominican salami and fried cheese or queso frito and when they are served together, it is called Los Tres Golpes, a Spanish term which literally translates to “the three hits”.
La Bandera means “the flag”. It is also called La Bandera Dominicana which in turn would translate into “the Dominican flag”. La Bandera is a simple dish, containing white rice (arroz blanco), stewed beans (habichuelas guisadas), and braised chicken or beef or (pollo guisado or res guisada). In other words, it is a Dominican food made up of rice, beans, and meat, sometimes served with salad. It is a traditional lunch and is, in fact, a staple dish of the Dominican Republic cuisine.
Morir Soñando is a sweet drink made with milk and orange. It is unique to the Dominican Republic. Morir Soñando has a poetic ring to it because it can be translated to “die dreaming”. However, you need not worry about death because Morir Soñando ensures that you feel refreshed on a hot day.
Ending this list with a drink that usually starts the day for most people – coffee! When it comes to coffee, the Dominican Republic prefers it strong and black. Their coffee has a lot of variations, which is more than twenty in number, so you can choose the mix that fits your taste. Whether you’re just starting your day in the beautiful country of the Dominican Republic or resting from a long day of travel, you can take a sip of this excellent coffee.