Food in Cabarete
The Typical Dominican Breakfast
One of the best things to experience while traveling is new cuisine. The Dominican Republic is known for flavorful food, made with local ingredients, that is very filling. The typical Dominican breakfast is no exception, and we thought you might like to know what it is, how to make it, and where to get it.
What is the typical Dominican Breakfast?
The desayuno Dominicano completo, or complete Dominican breakfast, consists of mangu, cebollas, salchichón, huevo frito, queso frito, and aguacate. In English that would be plantains, onions, salami, fried eggs, fried cheese, and avocado. Most ingredients in typical Dominican food are grown or made locally which makes them inexpensive and accessible. In North America and Europe, plantains and avocado may be very expensive, but here in Cabarete, we are lucky to have superfoods growing everywhere.
How to make a typical Dominican Breakfast
Mashed plantains make up the dish call mangu. Also made in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and likely other Caribbean islands, this dish always comes with a different name or twist depending on the area. In Cuba for example, mashed plantains are called fufu and is made with sweet ripened plantains. Usually mixed with bacon and onions/garlic to make it savory. In DR we make mangu with green plantains, oil/butter, and salt. Some say if you boil the plátano with the skin on you give more nutrients to the dish, but this is not how most people prepare mangu.
The fried eggs, fried cheese, and salami are relatively easy to make as well. The cheese (queso de freír), and salami (salchichón) are cooked in a pan until golden brown or toasted on each side. The onions made to top the mangu, however, take some time to prepare. So while the plantains boil until they are soft, sliced red onions are marinated in vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
You can eat the Dominican breakfast however you please, but we recommend putting your egg on top of the mangu, so the yolk creates a sauce that brings the dish together. If you are vegetarian, skip the salami, and you can still enjoy this plate.We love dominicancooking.com by the way.
On the Karaya Menu
We invite you to try our Dominican breakfast any day of the week, always made authentically with local and fresh ingredients (if you don’t like sausage, you can exchange it for bacon like we did in the photo, no problem!). Karaya, our beachfront daytime restaurant, opens daily at 8 am and closes at 4 pm. We serve breakfast every day until 11:30 am but on weekends the “Dominican” is on the menu all day! This is perfecto since mangu and eggs are the perfect hangover cure!View our entire menu here. What’s your favorite typical Dominican food? Let us know in the comments.
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