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Translated as ‘The Flag’, La Bandera is more than a traditional dish in the Dominican Republic – it’s a source of local pride. The national lunchtime favourite, you’ll find it in restaurants all across the Dominican Republic, so don’t leave the island without giving it a go.
A belt-busting portion of rice, stewed beans and slow-cooked meat, La Bandera will satisfy the biggest appetites. If you thought rice and beans were bland, your experience of them here will make you think again.
Sancocho is a meaty stew found all over Latin America, but restaurants in the Dominican Republic serve a seriously pimped up version of the recipe. Sancocho de Siete Carnes (Seven Meat Stew) mixes seven kinds of meat from four different animals with a whole load of root vegetables and a handful of plantain, creating what has to be one of the ultimate comfort foods.
Meaning ‘to die dreaming’, local beverage morir soñando is a little offbeat but surprisingly delicious. Combining orange with milk, it’s something that you simply can’t skip while dining in the Dominican Republic. Not sold? Grab a cheeky nip of mamajuana instead.
Made from an unlikely concoction of red wine, rum, tree bark and spices, it’s rumoured to be liquid viagra and is definitely one of the Dominican Republic’s most potent drinks.
Break out of your culinary comfort zone by ordering habichuelas con dulce – a super sweet dessert made of sugar, coconut, sweet potato and beans.
Yes, that’s right: beans – for pudding. Sceptical? One heavenly mouthful will forever change your perception of the humble bean. This local speciality is an unbeatable way to top off a meal in the Dominican Republic. Every restaurant has its own secret recipe, so ask the locals about the best places to tuck into some bean-based afters.