Food and Drink in the Dominican Republic
As a Caribbean nation, you may expect jerk chicken, rice and peas on every menu, but here you’ll find unique cuisine that’s filled with flavour and variety. If you’re a fan of a good, hearty stew then you’ll fall in love with some of the delicious home-cooked dishes that the Dominican Republic has to offer. Habichuelas Guisadas is a delightful bean stew, with red beans or cranberries with pinto beans and is usually served with rice. The most famous stew that’s a must-try dish when visiting the Dominican is Sancocho, a luxurious mixture of seven types of meat (that’s right – seven!), root vegetables and plantain that ‘s sure to leave you with a full tummy but still wanting more! For more of a light-bite, Pastelitos are a puffed pastry that are a little smaller than the Latin American classic Empanadas. These delightful little pasties are usually filled with yummy meats, cheeses or even vegetables at times – you won’t be disappointed. Burger fans need to try the Dominican delicacy Chimichurri, which is a super-tasty hamburger with a unique sauce and garnished with cabbage and tomatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to get hold of some Bizcocho Dominicano, translating to ‘Dominican Cake’, which is a delicious buttery cake with pineapple in the middle.
Popular beers that you’ll find in the local bars include Presidente, Bohemia and Quisqueya. Lovers of coffee are in for a treat too, as the nation’s coffee is known for being top-class and delicious. Usually served black, the coffee is quite strong, but if you’re looking for something stronger, rum is the spirit of choice and can be enjoyed with ice or as part of a yummy cocktail. If you prefer to stick to soft drinks, look for an orange-coloured pop drink called ‘Country Club, a refreshing soda that comes in original, raspberry, orange and strawberry flavours and is absolutely delicious!