Ever wondered what makes the Dominican Republic such a special place? It’s hard to chose just one thing to answer that question, since the Dominican excels in pretty much everything: the people, the music taste, the beaches, the history, and the culture. But there is something truly special about Dominican culture and it is the delicious cuisine. In an island built off of diversity and mixtures, traditional cuisine has the imprint of the past: a mixture between Spanish, Taino, and African flavors. Get your taste buds ready to learn all about the delicious dishes the island of Dominican Republic has to offer.

Sancocho
This meaty stew is legendary in this island. Although it isn’t exclusive to the Dominican Republic – sancocho can be found in several other Latin American countries in their own different versions – it is still one of the most popular dishes in this island. The Dominican Sancocho consists of seven different types of meat (preferably from four types of animals), root vegetables and plantains. What makes it a particular stew is the rich, flavorful and thick consistency. Sancocho is perfect for a big family gathering, perhaps during the holidays, when families get together to have lunch or dinner.

Mangú
This food is 100% Dominican, and one of the most popular among the island’s inhabitants. Mangú is basically mashed plantains. It is usually served with eggs, fried Dominican salami and Queso Frito (fried cheese). Usually, mangú is served for breakfast but some people also have it for dinner. As previously mentioned, this is a Dominican dish, but what not many people know is that it has an African origin.

Tostones
Speaking of plantains, tostones are a Dominican food that appears in other Latin American countries but that holds a very special place on the Dominican kitchen. These salty snacks are twice-fried unripe plantains, and are usually served as sides to meat, chicken or fish dishes. These are the crunchiest, most delicious sides you will encounter in the Caribbean.

Habichuelas Guisadas
This one is a Dominican staple. Habichuelas Guisadas are stewed beans and they are commonly served with white rice. Each family has its own special recipe for it, giving it a very unique flavor and spice.

Habichuelas con Dulce
Is it clear that habichuelas are a big part of Dominican cuisine? Let us emphasize how important they are to this island once again. Not only do Dominicans eat beans for lunch/dinner as a stew, they also eat it as a dessert. That’s right, beans for dessert. Sounds weird right? Well, wait until you try this delicious creation that gives habichuelas a whole new sweet taste.

Morir Soñando
The direct translation of Morir Soñado is literally “to die dreaming”, and this Dominican drink does exactly that. It is a concoction of milk and orange – an odd combination for those who haven’t tried it, but a delicious one for sure. This drink is unique to the Dominican Republic and is usually served as a refreshment, or to accompany any type of meal.

The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer, especially very delicious cuisine. Visit the island and book your stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo to enjoy the best vacation filled with delicious food!

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