TOP 5 CUBAN DISHES TO TRY
By EL MESON DE PEPE
Cuban food is one for the ages. No stranger to spice and flavor, Cuban journeys involve more than sightseeing. Here there are state-run restaurants and privately owned paladars particulars amidst street food snacks and tourist fare. Pack your appetite, be sure to try the food and drink of the island and leave your mind and tummy open to new experiences.
Ropa Vieja: Falling apart is the only similarity that this dish has to its traditional meaning of ‘old clothes’. The shredded beef dish takes great care to simmer in a tomato-based sauce surrounded by green peppers, and sometimes onions.
Tostones: Deep fried and oozing with yumminess, these twice-fried plantains are smashed into little cakes, fried and arrive in front of you daring you to gobble them whole.
Moros y Cristianos: In Mexico you find rice and beans, and in Costa Rica, it’s gallo pinto but in Cuba, these stewed black beans and white rice maintain their flavor and stardom while accompanying most dishes.
Mariquitas or Malanga Chips: The plantain and potato-like taro chips are an easy find and fantastic snack to grab anytime during your day or stay in Cuba.
Milk flan: Cracking, caramelized goodness makes up this delicious dessert. Although crafted with the simple ingredients of milk, sugar and eggs, you’ll find no better way to end your meal.