M-Dominican Food Dictionary

The Food of Dominican Republic / La Comida de República Dominicana



– A natural juice made from the bark of the Mavi tree. You can purchase this in many stores and Colmados throughout the country. The version pictured has carbonation. The bottle cost $15 pesos (6-2012) (more about Mabi). The word mabi means fermented root.

Dominican Republic Mabi de Bejuco Indio
Dominican Republic Mabi de Bejuco Indio


– Corn


– A sweet corn pudding


– A typical Dominican drink made with herbs and roots with rum, honey and wine added. Some may have animal parts added. This alcoholic beverage is supposed to be good for men’s potency.

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Mamajuana being sold in the market in Dominican Republic
Mamajuana being sold in the market in Dominican Republic


– Another name for an orange

Mandarina (o)

– A tangerine or mandarin. These can be found January through February and November through December.


– Peanut.


– A typical Dominican food made with platanos, onion and oil then mashed. Typically served at breakfast.
A recipe for mangú.

Mangu with onions and some coffee for breakfast
Mangu with onions and some coffee for breakfast


– Cashew nuts


– The generic name for sea food.


– A sweet smoked sausage.


– Mashed auyama squash served with onions.

Medio pollo

– Translated Half Chicken but in Dominican Republic when you ask for a medio pollo you are served a small cup of espresso coffee. It is half coffee and half milk.

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– Small Groupers (fish)


– Honey. The bee that makes the honey is called abeja melífera. The Dominican Queen Bee is known to be very docile and many countries purchase our bees as well as the honey they produce. You can buy the honey with or without the wax comb.

Miel - Honey
Miel – Honey

Mofongo / Monfongo

– typical Dominican dish made with mashed fried green platanos/ plantains. These traditionally are mashed with chicharrones de cerdo/ fried pork skins. This is served in a pilón piled high in ice cream cone form. A broth accompanies the dish, served on the side, for dipping or moistening the dish. There are many varieties of this dish made with different meats using the basic recipe: Camaronfongo/ shrimp monfongo.

For other ways to cook Platanos / Plantains check our recipe page.

Monfongo in Pilón
Monfongo in Pilón


– Okra


– A tripe stew cooked Dominican Style that is very tasty. Usually served with some rice or fried platano. Just add a little hot sauce and it is ready to eat.



– A spicy blood sausage.


Morir soñando

– (to die dreaming) Orange juice blended with Carnation milk to make a refreshing shake-type fruit drink.


– A typical Dominican dish of rice and beans cooked together. It can be made using different types of beans including black, red, white or green then add some tomato paste and spices and you have this yummy dish.

Moro with Grandules with Coco(nut) served with Fried Fish
Moro with Grandules with Coco(nut) served with Fried Fish

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