Come along on a culinary tour of Washington Heights, the epicenter of Dominican culture in New York. Marissa Finn gives us a tour of this region of Manhattan. Malecon Restaurant, a mainstay of the neighborhood, dishes out Cuatro Goples, a hearty Dominican breakfast centered around traditional mangu. Check out her story and our video, just published on Edible Manhattan.
If your craving a little DR food, but can’t make it to Malecon, you make it yourself with the recipe below. I can’t promise it will taste exactly you’ll find at 180th Street and B’way, but it’s close.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
4 unripe plantains
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of water at room temperature
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large onions
1 tablespoon of fruit vinegar
To Prepare Mangu
1. Peel the plantains and cut into 8 pieces.
2. Remove the center where the seeds are located (optional)
3. Boil the plantains adding until they are very tender, having added the salt to the water.
4. Take the plantains out of the water and mash them with a fork until they are very smooth.
5. Add olive oil and mix.
6. Add the water and keep mashing and mixing until it is very smooth puree.
To Prepare the Onions
7. Heat a tablespoon of oil in pan.
8. Add onions and cook and stir until they become transparent.
9. Add vinegar and season with salt to taste.
10. Garnish mangu with the onions and serve with sunny side-up eggs or Dominican scrambled eggs, Dominican fried cheese or fried slices of salami.