Dominican Food? Dominican food, spot on! The best there is right now in the whole world. Dominican food is… Dominican food is… Besides the regular stuff you mean? What’s mostly eaten is rice, chicken, and beans. …Like the rice, beans, and meat stuff? Well, traditionally… Rice, beans…. Chicken… What do I like? Rice, Chicken…. [riiiiiiiiiiiiiccce] And beans. What’s typical here in the Dominican Republic? Rice, beans, and meat… The Dominican Flag… Lot of rice and beans… That’s very typical… That’s what they call the flag… Rice, beans…. And meat. What can I say. The rice, the meat, the beans… That’s the best. The Dominican Flag. Ok… My typical diet… You know, like monday through wednesday will be… Will be rice and beans, and then… Thursday through sunday will be… Beans and rice. Dominican food is rice with beans… With salad. It’s real good. Salad we use tomato, lettuce, and cabbage. Basically Here we eat beans… Chicken… Rice… Good salad… And life is…. Super natural. I like rice. Rice, beans…. And whatever animal… They decided to kill that day. That’s the staple, you know. Sometimes it’s chicken, sometimes its porc… Sometimes it’s… Just eggs and salami! Fried salami… And salami… Yeah, salami… fried. Yeah, fired salami. Barbecued sometimes. Yeah, I’ve seen them barbecue on a stick… Kinda like… Dominican food is meant to clog your arteries.. It is very greasy… OOOooh, chicharonnes is fried… PORC FAT! mmmmm I love it! It’s.. I mean, not good for the arteries but… Spaghetti and rice is often found together too. In the same plate. Carbs… and… Yeah… I love food here. They like their carbs. Dominican food is very good… Because it’s produced in the Dominican Republic. Lots of vegetables, lots of great fruit. Here unfortunately, Constanza produces… 65% of the vegetables consumed in the whole country. But it could be one of the places that eats the least. Unfortunately. It’s something that makes no sense to me. I love vegetables. Here I eat… Brocoli. I like beets. Lettuce. Guandules. Cauliflower. Tomatoes. Anything. I eat lots and lots of vegetables. You have variety on fruits and vegetables… But maybe with the meat it’s only beef and chicken. Yeah so it’s redundant. It’s redundant so… Yeah. You have to at least include as well.. . Fish.. As well as stewed goat Stewed goat…. all that kind of stuff they get into here. Grilled porc.. That’s typical here. With anything you can make a meal. The fish is delicious! Very easy to find fresh fish. Crab? I don’t want any today. Thank you. I’m a big fan of chicken. But rice, beans. That’s day to day food. Every day food. Rice, beans, and meat. It’s got to have meat. With sauce… That type of stuff. And rice and beans…. The locals go to the same restaurant.. That they’ve always gone.. For the past 25 years and they’ll never change. Yeah that’s… And so as far as the cuisine is concerned… It’s pretty limited.. And it’s pretty redundant… And you just gotta get used to it. Hmmm… There’s all kinds of other stuff… You could say it’s much more varied…. Than what we know of. Than what we eat on a day to day. And as well it’s imported from other countries. A typical Dominican dish… Regularly, originally, one could say. That it’s a dish which contains… Everything that is a mix from all of the countries here. Dominican food, like everything in this country… is really.. A product of globalization. Globalization which started… From the time of the colonies… Here already in this country… Were the indigenous people who existed… They were aboriginals who came from South and Central America. The Spanish… The mix with Africans.. Spanish, African… The French… And all other cultures that have landed here over time. Here in Constanza there’s a big influence… from Spain. Because in the mid fifties… In the era of Trujillo… Came… Came a group of Spanish who brought… From there.. as well as the Japanese… But the biggest influence over Dominicans… Has been Spanish food. And at times we do a lot of Paellas. When there are large groups you make Paellas. OOOOoooohh… um… My Grandma makes me something called… Niños envueltos. Which are like.. rice.. And meat… And then you put them inside a cabbage leaf And you roll them up The exact ingredients in any of the meals here I do not know. A yuca ball.. In my family we make yuca balls… By… How do you say “Rallar?” By like.. grating.. grating yuca. And then.. Salting and peppering it. Putting salt and pepper on it… And dropping it in the oil like a… Like a little mound. That’s how we make them. Typical Dominican food… Involves a lot of plantain. We’ve got ‘Tostones’ It can be mashed.. It can be ‘Mangú” Mangú, can’t be left out… Mangú? Mashed plantain Mangú Mangú was in vented by “gringos” ‘by the way’ The famous Power Mangú! It’s true. The Tainos were making food for the Spanish… Who made it for the “Gringos” So out came the plate… and “Man, Good!” Which became Man – gú It kind of looks like.. um.. Mashed potatoes, but it’s mashed green bananas. That’s the best way I can describe it. Basically it’s a plantain, mashed it once it’s boiled. And you eat it. Mangú, eggs, and fried cheese. It could be in different ways… It could be “Pastelón” That’s a pretty good plate right there. My mother makes a “Pastelón de Arroz” It’s like really good. It’s rice that she mixes with milk… And cream and all this stuff… and then… She puts like a layer of meat on it… And some more rice on top… And then she puts cheese on it… And it’s kind of like the “Platano Maduro Pastelón” But like Amazing. Love the “Tostones” I love the… Sancocho.. the Asopaos…. Well.. Dominican food originally… Is very much the Sancocho and the Asopao Which is a all-in-one-pot Typical food… Really is the Sancocho. Now for special food.. Especially for the high and cold zones, such as here. I love Sancocho. Sancocho is like a soup… With… Plantain.. Yam… Yucca.. Squash… You can add specific types of meat. But you can also just make it with hen. Or chicken. So it’s very common. It’s so traditional.. That here, the village custom.. Is that when a woman gives birth… Generally the next day… A Sancocho, but with hen. That’s supposed to give her lots of strength… A lot of energy… For her baby. Hen Sancocho. It’s very typical, for example… For the 31st of December, in the night… To do… The classical.. Sancocho. Because it’s a long night drinking. And it’s a very hard dish… So you can start just eating… And for the… Alcohol…It’s good. During all of Christmas week… They roast pigs in the street… In the major cities… so you can literally walk… Down.. A major street… In Santo Domingo and… This whole pig is roasting.. be like “I want that part” Cut it off, and all the juice, and… mmmmm. arrrrrrrrr Amazing. I love it. [can’t get that in New York] No you can’t! And it’s just.. amazing… it’s crazy… It’s nuts how much sugar they use here. “Dulce de Coco” without sugar isn’t “Dulce” [sweet] Man, my watchman, I’ve seen him, he… Every time he goes for coffee, which is a lot… He like.. little tiny cups… He spoons it like 5 or 6 times.. We’re alright on that level. And they’re really good with their juices too. There’s juice everywhere! They juice the crap out of everything. So.. yeah… It’s a good country to come for food. And women. Super. Yeah! I LOVE Dominican food. Dominican food is…. What can I say? The best! I love it! The best there is, the food.