What is the cuisine like in the Dominican Republic? Other than the prominence of rice and beans, Dominican food is really not similar to Mexican food, says MMRuth. Nor is it spicy. Typical dishes include paticas de puerco (pig’s feet), mondongo (tripe stew), rice and red beans, tostones (twice-fried green plantains), and yuca fritters. Sra. Swanky loves the traditional Dominican dish called sancocho, a delicious stew with yuca, cassava, pork, and other tropical veggies simmered in a rich broth.

What’s for dessert? Dominican flan is the richest and tastiest flan Sra. Swanky has ever tasted, largely because it’s made with both half-and-half and sweetened condensed milk. Tres leches cake and arroz con coco (coconut rice pudding) are typical, but possibly the best Dominican dessert is morir soñando (“to die dreaming”). It’s a kind of orange Creamsicle milkshake made from ice cold milk, orange juice, ice, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. Taste it and you’ll understand the name, says Sra. Swanky.

MMRuth generally finds Dominican desserts to be too sweet but loves the prune pie her mother-in-law makes.

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