Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

Where Does Mofongo Come From? Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic?

277px-Mofongo I saw this video from Internets Celebrities that MUN2 TV shared on Facebook today… and got confused… The video (which I loved by the way) asks the question…

Is Mofongo From Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic?

 I always thought Mofongo originated in Puerto Rico… in researching I found out that it may not be from PR or DR… watch the video… and read my footnotes.

As I am,

The Urban Jibaro


Is Mofongo From Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic?


What is Mofongo?

source: wikipedia

Mofongo is a fried plantain-based dish from the island of Puerto Rico. Similar dishes known as fufu de plátano in Cuban cuisine and Mangú in theDominican Republic. Both are made by boiling plantain and then mashing them.[1]

Mofongo is generally made from fried green plantains (although fried yuca or breadfruit are possible) which is mashed together with brothgarlic,olive oil, and pork cracklings or bits of bacon. It is often filled with vegetableschickencrabshrimp, or beef and is often served with fried meat and chicken broth soup.[1] Mofongo relleno is mofongo stuffed with stewed beef, chicken or seafood, with stewed sauce poured over.

Dominican cookbook author[who?] says that mofongo in Dominican cuisine can be traced back to Puerto Rico[2][3] but scholarship indicates the dish is ultimately of African origin and is a variant of a dish called "fufu" which is made from various starchy vegetables and was introduced to the Caribbean by Africans in the Spanish New World colonies such as the Dominican RepublicCuba, and Puerto Rico. But unlike mofongo where unripened plantains are fried, then mashed, fufu is made of either green or semi-ripe plantain boiled then mashed.[4] Both fufu and mofongo are seasoned after the plantains are cooked and mashed.

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  • Ashley Rodriguez

    It comes from Puerto Rico. The Dominicans only got the recipe and made it better

  • jason

    It originated in Africa. Slaves brought the idea to PR and introduced it. Granted, it’s ingredients were different

  • Limabeany

    Mofongo as such, mashed plantains with pork cracklings originated in Puerto Rico, it is a variation on mashed plantains or fufu, but adding the pork cracklings is original of Puerto Rico. it is not original of the Dominican Republic or Cuba, Puerto Ricans were the first to make this variation and call it mofongo. The African and Cuban fufu and the Dominican mangu are different dishes, plantain based and with the name originating from Africa in the case of Cuba and the DR in the case of mangu, there is no question the variation that is mofongo originated in Puerto Rico in its form of pork cracklings and mashed plantains, I don’t understand the purpose of using all plantain based dishes to claim mofongo, specifically, isn’t from Puerto Rico.

Where Does Mofongo Come From? Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic?