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Best Dominican Food and Desserts to try in Punta Cana:

Do you want to savor the flavors by exploring the Best Dominican Food and Desserts to try in Punta Cana during your next trip. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this blog post, we’ll inform you about some of the delicious Dominican food and desserts you can try in the Dominican Republic, as well as the ingredients for each one, so sit back, relax and let us take you on a journey through these delectable dishes.


Dominican La Bandera (The Dominican Flag)


What is the Dominican La Bandera dish?

La Bandera, which translates to “The Flag,” is considered the national Dominican lunch enjoyed throughout the island. It consists of three main ingredients: white rice, beans, and meat. It is a simple and healthy meal that is typically served with salad.


Dominican La Bandera recipe

Dominican Habichuelas are cranberry beans, pinto beans, white beans, red kidney beans, or black beans that have been soaked overnight, boiled, seasoned with salt and pepper, and cooked in tomato paste. The meat is usually seasoned chicken or beef, the rice is Arroz Blanco “the Dominican rice”, and the salad is usually Dominican salad as a side dish.


This dish is packed with healthy and nutritious ingredients that satisfy Dominicans’ souls as well as anyone who enjoys the flavor of Dominican cuisine. In fact, colorful vegetables are used in the preparation of this dish to represent the flag.


Dominican Sancocho

What is Dominican Sancocho?

Dominican Sancocho (Meat and vegetable stew) is a popular dish in several Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. There are numerous versions of this dish, but all of them include meat and root vegetables; the original recipe includes seven different types of meat.

How to make sancocho dominicano?

Dominican Sancocho is traditionally made with meat such as pork, beef, chicken, smoked ham, goat meat, and sausage stewed with bell pepper, onion, garlic, and starchy vegetables of your choice such as corn, yuca, potatoes, carrots, squash, and plantains and all stewed in broth and seasoned with sofrito and salt and pepper.


When is Sancocho eaten?

This dish is typically prepared for special occasions and holidays. It is full of flavor and protein and can be served as a main course or as part of a meal. Try Sancocho Dominicano if you’re looking for a filling, delicious, and nutritious dish.


Vegan Sancocho Dominicano

Although the main ingredients of sancocho are seven different types of meat, you can make a vegan version by replacing the meat with seitan and boiling it with Latin vegetables (yuca, taro root, plantains, corn, pumpkin, potatoes, and sweet potatoes) and enjoy the same flavors.


What is Mangu ?

Mangu is a delicious traditional breakfast or side dish made from mashed plantains in the Dominican Republic. The best plantains to use for making mangu are green plantains.

The plantains are peeled and boiled in water before being mashed with butter, garlic, salt, and pickled red onion. It is traditionally served as a breakfast side dish with fried eggs, fried cheese, and salami. It can also be eaten at any time of the day or served with meat for dinner.

It’s a simple dish that can be customized and served in a variety of ways.


Is Mangu Dominican or Puerto Rican?

Mangu and mofongo both start with plantains as their base ingredient but end up being very different. Mangu is a Dominican dish, and mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish. The plantains in the mangu recipe are boiled before being mashed with butter, garlic, and salt, whereas the plantains in the mofongo recipe are fried in animal fat or olive oil before being mashed with pork crackling and garlic.

If you want to learn more about Mofongo, check out our blog post about Puerto Rican foods and drinks.


Bizcocho Dominicano (Dominican Cake)

What is Bizcocho Dominicano?

Bizcocho Dominicano, also known as Dominican Cake, is a delightful dessert from the Dominican Republic. It is a rich cake that is always enjoyed on special occasions. The cake is a favorite of Dominican bakeries and Dominican families.


ًWhat is Bizcocho Dominicano made of?


The main ingredients in Dominican cake are flour, butter, eggs, and pineapple juice. The suspiro icing or meringue frosting, which is typically made of sugar and egg whites, is what makes the cake stand out. The cake is traditionally filled with pineapple, but it can also be filled with guava filling or Crema de Leche.


What is the difference between Dominican and regular cake?

The cake is fluffy, moist, and creamy, which distinguishes Bizcichi Dominicano from other cakes. It also has tropical flavors and fillings, and the suspiro is a one-of-a-kind cake icing. This delectable cake is well known in the Dominican Republic; try it; it’s unlike any cake you’ve ever had.

Flan Creme Caramel

The Dominican Republic is famous for its tasty desserts, one of which is flan. Flane creme caramel is a popular dessert in many Latin American countries, particularly the Dominican Republic, where it is always served on special occasions.


Flan is a type of custard that is creamy and topped with caramel sauce. It’s made with eggs, milk, vanilla, and sugar and baked in a pan with the bottom coated in heavy caramel that dissolves during the baking process. After cooking, the flan is flipped onto a plate, and the caramel in the base becomes the top.

It’s a delicious creamy dessert that you’ll love every bite of.


Paletas de Coco (coconut popsicles)

What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than relaxing on the beach with frozen coconut popsicles?

The Dominican Republic is well-known for its coconut popsicles, a creamy frozen treat made of heavy cream, coconut milk, cream of coconut, and sugar that is frozen in sticks and enjoyed in both the summer and winter.

Punta Cana is the land of rest and relaxation, as well as delicious food, But you don’t have to be in Punta Cana to relish the delectable offerings of Dominican food; delicious food is available all over the island, and different variations can be found on any Caribbean island. So, whether you’re looking for an adventure and want to explore new places, or you just want to stay in one place and relax after a busy year, you don’t have to miss out on the chance to try all of the island’s delicious cuisines, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and sample some of these delectable dishes!


If you want to visit the Caribbean to try all of these delectable cuisines, go to Expedia for the best deals on flights and hotels, and tickets from New York to Punta Cana are only $470.49 on Cheapoair. Make sure to check the most recent Covid-19 updates before you go.

You can also find out more about visiting the Dominican Republic by reading our blog post on traveling to Punta Cana from New York and Los Angeles, and don’t miss out on the Dominican Republic’s Carnival.

Also, stop by our IC Caribbean shop to pick up some cool and unique souvenirs for your trip.

While you’re looking at flights and hotels, listen to our podcast episode about the beauty of Jamaica.

Have a wonderful vacation and stay safe!