5 Things to Eat in Punta Cana
Punta Cana is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters and never-ending activities to try. But you might have some questions like; What about the food? What to eat in Punta Cana? How do you know, what’s good and what’s not? Well, I put together a list of The 5 Things You Should Eat in Punta Cana.
The Dominican cuisine is a reflection of the Spanish, Taino and African influences that have influenced the social and cultural formation of the country. This is why it is similar to the Latin-speaking countries that surround the Caribbean, although with slight variations developed in each region and distinctions, giving rise to unique and authentic dishes from the Dominican Republic.
1- Los 3 Golpes
A good day starts with a good breakfast. And when you’re in the Dominican that means feasting on eggs with a side of fried salami, mangú, and queso frito.The Mangu Power as many Baseball players call it!
2. La Bandera
This is the meal that is consumed daily in the Dominican Republic “The Flag” which consists of white rice, stewed beans, and stewed meat (of any type but preferably chicken, pork or beef).This is perhaps the most commonly eaten meal in the Dominican.
3. El Sancocho
The sancocho is also typical and a representative dish of the Dominican Republic, prepared almost always on special occasions, on holidays or on those rainy and cold days. It is also one of the favorite dishes in our culture because of the medley of seven types of meat and varied veggies.A hearty stew is Dominican comfort food at its finest. Recipe here.
Mofongo is made with fried plantains, garlic, and chicharrones (fried pork skins) that are mashed together in a mortar and pestle known as a “pilón.” Although it’s originally from Puerto Rico, it’s become a staple of Dominican cuisine.Recipe here.
Concón isn’t really something you cook on its own. Instead, it’s a byproduct of cooking rice. Simply put, it’s the layer of burnt rice left behind when cooking in a Caldero (iron pot). It contains the most flavor and due to its scarcity is usually fought over at the table.This is a Real Dominican Symbol.
You as a tourist will not have much opportunity to taste them all, as most of you stay in All-Inclusive hotels, where international dishes are served. However, some hotel chains offer “thematic” dinners with nights on which they serve Dominican food, especially in the buffet restaurants. Of course, you also have the option of leaving the hotel and go to one of the local restaurants, where besides Dominicans cuisine you can also choose other Caribbean dishes.