The plate above is a not only a signature dish found in Playa Blanca Restaurant but a favorite amongst many Dominicans. This rice and pigeon pea mixture is referred to as Moro de guandules (or gandules as Puerto Ricans would call it) is a staple on the dinner table and a Dominican classic.
It is no secret that beans are a very popular ingredient in Caribbean cuisine and what makes this legume special is its customary paring with coconut, another Caribbean Classic. Our Moro de guandules like many other recipes incorporates the mild yet sweet flavor of coconut creating the perfect side for the plate's second element, braised goat (chivo guisado).
The stew-like constancy of this goat dish is not only packed with flavor but unique in that it is not a 'typical' meat for Westerners, although surprisingly enough the texture and slight gaminess of the meat lends itself to flavor retention. The goat is prepared in a pressure cooker for a few hours where it cooks in its own juices and separates, leaving the meat tender and savor. This dish in particular is prepared with spices and hot peppers, adding a complexity and heat to an already interesting meal. But, don't take our word for it, check out Playa Blanca's Trip Advisor page and see what people have to say, our latest reviewer said that we had "Great Food" and that he HIGHLY recommends our goat, and well, we couldn't agree more. Let your taste-buds experience the flavors of the Caribbean while your eyes enjoy the juxtaposition of the white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
These next two dishes both embrace seafood and pair it with, plantains, a crop that resembles a banana with less sugar and more starch.
The appetizer on the left is a beautiful ceviche paired with plantain chips. Ceviche is a common Caribbean appetizer, snack or even meal! This ceviche is made with grouper that is marinanded in lime juice and our secret sauce!
The dish on the right is our famous deep fried fish (Grouper, Red Snapper or Porgy depending on availability) with tostones and is easily one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant! This dish is so recognized within the Dominican Republic that it even has it's own slang term,Pecao Frito, and has become a beach staple. Sharing fried fish, tostones and Presidente beers along the shore line is the perfect way to unwind with friends and family and discover the greatness behind simple well prepared food.
The image to your left is of Playa Blanca's, Lasaña de chivo Maroma, which translates to Lasagna of goat a la Maroma. This dish marries braised goat meat, pasta and cheese...we know, you're probably drooling. Our resort restaurants love to mix conventional meals such as lasagna and re-adapt them to our environment. Our chefs embrace the flavors of the land and our Ecological Foundation in order to create a new and exciting dishes for those who dine with us.
We hope your mouth is watering!
If you're interested in more food articles and recipes make sure to take a look at this blog, that focuses on Dominican Cooking and its roots. We hope to see you around Playa Blanca or any of our other fantastic restaurants!
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