Top Foods to try in Punta Cana

Punta Cana, located in the Eastern part of the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant and culture-rich destination. Filled with stunning scenery, exciting expeditions, and phenomenal foods, Punta Cana is one of Monster Reservations Group’s top destinations for good reason. 

One of the many things Punta Cana is known for is its downright delicious cuisine. Here you will find many traditional dishes sure to please any traveler’s palate. Let’s take a look at a few of the top must-trys while visiting Punta Cana:

Sancocho 

This is a hearty and flavorful meat and vegetable stew made with various meats like beef, chicken, and pork, combined with yucca, plantains, corn, and other vegetables. It is often considered a traditional Dominican comfort food. #MonsterFact: This dish gets its name from the Spanish word “sancochar”, which means to parboil. 

Mofongo 

Originally from Puerto Rico but widely enjoyed in the Dominican Republic, mofongo is a dish made with mashed fried plantains, garlic, and often filled with meat or seafood. It is usually accompanied with fried meat and broth. #MonsterFact: Mofongo’s origin stems from the African dish, fufú.

Tostones 

These are twice-fried plantains that are sliced and flattened, then fried until crispy. Tostones are commonly served as a side dish or as an appetizer and can be accompanied by various dipping sauces. #MonsterFact: Another name for tostones is Patacones.

Pescado con Coco 

A delicious dish of fish cooked in a coconut sauce. The fish is typically marinated with lime juice and spices, then simmered in a creamy coconut milk sauce with vegetables and spices. #MonsteFact: Pescado con coco translates to “fish with coconut” in English.

Chicharrones de Pollo 

These are crispy fried chicken chunks, marinated with a combination of spices and usually served as an appetizer or snack. They are often accompanied by dipping sauces like garlic sauce or spicy ketchup. #MonsterFact: Chicharrones de Pollo are a beloved street food in the Dominican Republic and can often be found being sold by street vendors.

Tres Leches Cake 

A popular dessert in the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America, tres leches cake is a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three types of milk. It is typically topped with whipped cream and can be garnished with fruit or caramel sauce. #MonsterFact: The three milks in tres leches cake are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk or heavy cream.

Needless to say, some of the best foods can be found in the Dominican Republic. The local cuisine combines elements of African, Spanish, and indigenous Taíno influences, creating a diverse and flavorful culinary experience. While the area offers a wide range of international cuisines to cater to its diverse visitors, these particular dishes are an absolute must for any foodie to cross off their culinary bucket list. 

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