Mangú – is a Dominican traditional dish served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mangú is made up of boiled (either ripe or green) plantains. The plantains are then mashed with butter, margarine or oil in the water in which they were boiled. The dish is topped with sautéed red onions that have been cooked with vinegar.
When served with Queso Frito ( Fried Cheese), fried Salchichon (Fried Dominican Salami) and Fried eggs. The dish is called “Los Tres Golpes”, literally translates to “The Three Hits,” the term means a breakfast dish which includes Mangú with Fried Cheese, Salami, and Fried eggs Avocado is often an accompaniment to this stable of any Dominican family home.
*Folklore has taught the locals that this dish was named during the American invasion of 1916. Since the soldiers had to be fed in the rural areas, the locals would give them whatever they had cooked at the moment. On this particular day, the soldiers were served a greenish mash that did not look appetizing. Most of them refused to partake, but the one that was the hungriest had the courage to try it. Surprisingly, he liked the dish and exclaimed “Man, this is good!” as he continued to eat it. According to the story, every soldier decided to eat that dish as they all agreed at how good that was. Since then, the townspeople would present it as Mangú (man, good) to the soldiers to follow. However, the most likely explanation is that this is a word of African origins, as there is no contemporary evidence of an American origin for the word.