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A-Dominican Food Dictionary

The food of Dominican Republic / Comida de República Dominicana

LETTER A

avocados
avocados

Aguacate

– avocado a creamy fruit that are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients. During season they are found everywhere.
More about the aguacate.

Ahuyama or Auyama

– A type of yam pumpkin like squash (used in many soups to make the color). The seeds are also edible. Great cooked alone or added to a dish. You can see these in myna of the corner stores and truck vendors cut into pieces or sold whole.

Hot chillies
Hot chillies

Ají

– (pimiento, chile) This is the general word for peppers or chilies. They can come in all shapes, sizes and varieties.

Aji Verde

– Green pepper

Al Ajillo

– A sauce made with wine, butter and lots of garlic. You will see this on many menus throughout the country. Camarones Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce), Mero Al Ajillo (A type of Fish in Garlic Sauce), Pollo al ajillo (Chicken in Garlic Sauce).

Albóndigas

– Meatballs. These tasty little balls can served as a main course, side dish or snack (picadera) in a sauce, typically a tomato type sauce. These small balls of meat are usually made of ground meat (carne picada or carne molida) but can also be made with fish. They are also added to the typical spaghettis and soups.

Alcachofas

– Artichokes

A box of Algarrobos

Algarrobo

– Carob. It’s nickname here is mierda en cajeta – shit in a little box. This is a very strange fruit. It is said to be high in vitamins. When opened it does smell bad and the fruit is dry with a fuzzy texture. Get past the smell and the fruit is sweet.

Almendra

Almendra

– Almond.

Añuga Perros

– dog choker) – A coconut candy sold in small chunks in many of the Colmados.

Food Dictionary

Food Dictionary/ Diccionario Comida

This is just a little taste of some of the food (along with their translations) you will run across here in Dominican Republic. This way you will know what many of the items are on menus and how to ask for these items.

The National Dish, Bandera Dominicana.
The National Dish, La Bandera Dominicana.

The ABC´s of Dominican Food with descriptions and pictures too!

LETTER A

LETTER B

LETTER C

LETTER D

LETTER E

LETTER F

LETTER G

LETTER H

LETTERS J & K

LETTER L

LETTER M

LETTER N

LETTER P

LETTER Q

LETTER R

LETTER S

LETTER T

LETTERS U , V & W

LETTERS Y & Z

If you do not know something just ask. Many Dominicans do know a little of other languages. If you still do not know, just give it a try. You could be pleasantly surprised.

I never ate goat meat before I came to DR. I went to a restaurant and asked them for something typical Dominican. They served me goat which I did not find out until later when I asked someone.