The Food of the Dominican Republic:

Freshly cooked and plenty for everyone

That’s the Dominican recipe for a happy family

Ahh!...the enticing aromas of the fresh cooked food of the Dominican Republic, few other things evoke such memories of the warm, wonderful, happy days of childhood more than this for both Esther and me.

We are both passionate cooks, and it is still important for women of our country to be able to cook a traditional Dominican recipe and be able to find our way to our mens' hearts through their stomachs! Yes, it is very necessary for a Dominican girl to be able to confidently cook Dominican food!

The Food of the Dominican Republic must be cooked freshly with fresh ingredients. This means that nearly all of us still call to the little local Dominican food stores that we call 'Purperia' or 'Colmado' every day...

Dominican Purperia or Colmado

Memories of Dominican childhood...A local 'Purperia'- Selling yam, sweet potato, plantain and all our other daily needs....such as this one!

This illustration represents our typical Dominican shop, called a 'Colmado' or 'Purperia', in vibrant colors...just exactly as we remember them when we were kids!

Food of the Dominican Republic:
the 'Flag' is our 'Standard' meal!

Before going into details about the food of the Dominican Republic, we want to introduce what we consider the most popular Dominican dishes:

Among the most popular Dominican dishes you will find the following:

  • Sancocho recipe
  • Pork roasted on a spit
  • Pastel en hoja
  • Moro
  • Rice and bean combination- "La Bandera"
  • Cassava
  • Platano - or Plantain
  • Longaniza (Sausage)
  • Stewed goat
  • Fish cooked with coconut milk
  • Bunuelos (Dominican donuts)

Recipes for each of the above will be added shortly!! But in the mean time let's talk about 'La Comida'.

As in most Latin countries, Dominicans stop work around midday to go home and enjoy their lunch. Here the most typical Dominican food served for ‘la comida’ is known as ‘La Bandera’ or 'La Bandera Dominicana (the Dominican Flag).

But why do we call it "La Bandera Dominicana"? This is a frequently asked question by many visitors. It is because the traditional foods of the Dominican Republic are consumed by the majority of Dominicans at a lunchtime as often as five days a week, regardless of social status. It always includes rice, beans and meat, often with side dishes like salad or fried plantain and represents our staple diet.

So this combination of food is what has come to symbolize ‘La Bandera Dominicana’.

la bandera dominicana
It's twelve o'clock and its time to enjoy 'La Bandera'!!!

Generally speaking, Dominican food is associated and categorized with the native Antillean or Creole recipes and cuisine, which is similar to the cooking style widely developed throughout the West Indies. The food of the Dominican Republic is prepared in similar way to the natives of Central America's Atlantic coast, and of South America, as far as Brazil. Restaurants offering Dominican cuisine are particularly evident in cosmopolitan cities in the developed countries where many Dominican have settled to find work, such as in certain parts of the United States.


Food of the Dominican Republic:
Celebrations and Sancocho Recipes

For Dominicans weekends are a time to enjoy yourself with family and friends. On a Sunday many relatives can arrive at one another's doors without any previous notice. This kind of behaviour is considered perfectly acceptable and is welcomed (you just have to hope you don’t go to visit each other on the same day!!!). It is an excuse to celebrate the day and enjoy each others company company with traditioanl Dominican food and drink - and is often rounded off with a good noisy game of dominoes at the end of the meal! (Noisy? You should hear them slam those dominoes down!!)

The most typical food for this kind of celebration would be a ‘Sancocho’. A Sancocho recipe will be seen to be a type of hearty and filling soup. It usually consists of several kinds of roots, such as cassava, yucca or possibly potatoes. Green plantain is also an essential ingredient, together with beef or chicken. Most ‘Sancocho Recipes’ contain beef and/or pork, but a really luxurious ‘Sancocho Recipe’ for special occasions is one called ‘Siete Carnes’ (Seven Meats!...No, don't ask, I can't think of seven different types of meat either!!!).

Food of the Dominican Republic:
All in the best possible taste
...but not too spicy!

A good Sancocho Recipe is a delicious Antillean dish. It is amongst the most appreciated and special food of the Dominican Republic, and every Dominican prides him/herself on the unique flavor of his or her own Sancocho recipe . A similar ‘Sancocho’ can be found in some South American countries, such as Colombia. One noticeable difference between a Colombian and a Dominican ‘Sancocho recipe’ is that the Colombians invariably add chunks of corn, which is a rare commodity on our Island.

‘Sancocho’ is always served with boiled rice and often with slices of avocado on the side. Some like to add a few drops of chili sauce, like the famous brand ‘Tabasco’. Although, it is worth noting here, that hot spices are NOT generally typical in the food of the Dominican Republic, and Dominican recipes only chilis sparingly and on rare occasions.

...How's that for starters?

Well, that's just the 'first course' of information about the food of the Dominican Republic. We've got lots more to add...most importantly we will soon be 'uploading' our FAVORITE Dominican recipes, which will include the Dominican food favourite our best Avocado recipes (our special Guacamole recipe and Chili con carne recipe will feature too..though not strictly Dominican Republic recipes!!)...so make sure you call back real soon for another 'taste' of the Dominican Republic!!

For more inspiration you can also check out a list of Dominican Republic foods here

AND NOTE: We now include offsite Dominican Recipe listings.

Kind wishes,

Ruth & Esther

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