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D-Dominican Food Dictionary

The food of Dominican Republic / Comida de República Dominicana

LETTER D

Domplín

– dumpling

Dulce de Leche

– A sweet, like soft fudge, made with milk. Can be served soft in a jar or more solid in a fudge like form.

C-Dominican Food Dictionary

The food of Dominican Republic / Comida de República Dominicana

LETTER C

Cachú or Kachu

– Your basic tomato condiment Ketchup.

Cajuilito

(Solimán) – A small pear-shaped fruit that is nicely sweet with a crunchy texture and very few seeds. They are a pink to white color sometimes turning bright red when they are over-ripe. They can be eaten fresh or made into juices and jams. You can see vendors along the streets selling these small fruits. Ask for a taste of one.

Cajuil

– Cashew. The interior is the cashew NUT or seed (semillas) called Marañon. The outside of the fruit is made into sweets that are very tasty. There are many different types of this fruit from nice and round to long and flat. You can purchase Cajuil nuts and Cajuil Dulce, the sweet fruits, in many roadside stands and markets.
More detailed information about the cajuil.

Jars of Cajuil Dulce
Jars of Cajuil Dulce

Calabaza

– West Indian type pumpkin

Calamares

– A smaller squid that is tenderer than the larger octopus or pulpo

Camarones

– shrimp

Cangrejo

– Jaiba – Crab. You can find these being sold on the streets and beaches. They are tied into a bundle. Very tasty.

cangrejo - crabs ready for cooking
cangrejo – crabs ready for cooking

Caña

– Sugar cane. Sold by vendors on street corners and just about everywhere. You can buy these natural peeled sticks for munching on. Make sure you keep the bag or have a place to spit the discarded the pulp after you have removed the juice. You can also get the juice squeezed if you desire. Caña street vendor.

Carnasion

– Carnation milk

Carne molida

– Ground Beef

Casabe

– Cassava. More information on Casabe and Casabe Bread.

Catibia

– flour made from fresh yuca.

Cerdo

– Pork

Cereza

– The Barbados cherry is the common cherry here in DR. It grows on a large bushy type shrub or tree. It gets small pink flowers with the fruits being ripe from April to October. The tree produces bright red cherries that are very tart with 3 seeds inside. They are very high in vitamin C. The fruits can be purchased throughout the country. They can be made into a wonderful juice.

Cereza cherries and seeds
Cereza cherries and seeds

Champola

– milk mixed with the guanábana fruit

Cebada

– Barley

Chen Chen

– pudding made with cornmeal

Chicharrone / Chicharones

– Fried pork skins. One can usually purchase these in the streets carried on the shoulders of street vendors. Topped with a special vinegar sauce or límon these are very greasy, not that good for you. But they are sooo tasty that once you have tried them you won’t be able to resist making the guy stop to sell you a little bit (un chin)

Chicharrone, Chicharones - Fried pork skins
Chicharrone, Chicharones – Fried pork skins

Chimichurri – Chimi

– A hamburger Dominican style.

China/ Jugo de China

– Orange/ Orange juice. You can also call this fruit Naranja.

Chinola

– Passion fruit. This fruit has a tart sweetness that is wonderful made into juice and ice cream. It is also great eating this messy fruit fresh from the skin (easer if eaten with a spoon)

Chinola - Passion fruit
Chinola – Passion fruit

Chivo

– Goat

Chivo Picante or Chivo Liniero

– Spicy goat

Cho-Cho or Tayota

– Little squash

Cho-Cho or Tayota
Cho-Cho or Tayota

Chofan

– Dominican twist to the Chinese dish chow fan. This is a rice dish made with bacon, chicken and/or fried pork skin. Added in are egg, garlic, onions and other ingredients that are different according to the cook. Get the recipe for Chofan.

Chuleta ahumada

– Smoked pork chop

Chuleta al Carbon

– Grilled pork cutlet

Chuletas de Res

– Beef Cutlet

Churrasco

– Skirt Steak. Usually charcoal grilled wit lots of spices.

Ciruela

– Prune (Ciruela Seca-dry prune)

Coco de Auga – coconut and coconut water

Coco de Auga

– The water inside a green coconut. Very refreshing. Information about the Cocoero Street Vendor

Coco Tierno

– Coconut and milk sweetened to make a puddling like desert.

Coliflor

– Cauliflower

Concón

– The burnt rice on the bottom of the pan. It is very good to eat (make concón)

Cremor

– Cream of tartar

Crinchí

– Cream Cheese

B-Dominican Food Dictionary

The food of Dominican Republic / Comida de República Dominicana

LETTER B

Bacalaítos

– Cod Fish Fritters. These salted Cod (Bacalo) fritters can be served as a snack, side dish or main part of a meal. When prepared Dominican style they are filled with minced salted cod fish, onions and cilantro and sometimes with different variations of ingredients. These little fritters are nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Bacalao

– Cod Fish

Barbacoa

– Barbecue. Food slow-cooked over an open fire or on a grill. This word originated from the Taino Indians. (This does not refer to the barbecue sauce). Here you can find many different foods cooked barbecue style both in restaurants and in the streets.

Batata Frita

– sweet potato fritters. They can be sliced round or in strips like French Fries or cut wider like Steak Fries. Sometimes they are fried simply with or without the skins and other times they can be dipped into cornstarch.

Batata

– Sweet potato. There are a few different varieties from white inside to red.

Batata
Batata

Batida

– A blender drink made of different fruits. The fresh fruit is blended with milk (either Carnation milk or regular milk), sugar, sometimes vanilla is added, and ice. Very much like a milk shake but made with fruits. Batida de Fresa (Strawberry) Batida de Lechoza (Papaya). A refreshing drink for any time of the day or night.

Mangos- Mango Bread - Mango milk blended juice
Mangos- Mango Bread – Mango milk blended juice

Berenjena

– Eggplant. You can find this versatile vegetable prepared in many different ways. One of the favorites is a stewed dish served as a salad or side dish.

Biscocho

– Cake. Dominican style biscocho is oh so wonderful. With or without icing you can purchase small cakes in local stores individually packaged. Some places sell the cake cut into triangles prepared by a local and sold in the local Colmado. You can also go to a bakery and purchase this sweet delight for parties decorated in a variety of ways.

Dominican-style bizcocho
Dominican-style bizcocho

Bistec

– Beef. This covers all types of beef be it steak or thinly sliced to be used in guisadas (stews)

Bondelic

(bizcochos de) – Prune cake. Also a very upscale bakery in Ensanche Julieta, Santo Domingo.

Buche Perico

– A stew made mostly of corn. The name translates to Parrots Gut.