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