What are typical Cuban dishes
Eating in Cuba: You have to try these specialties of Cuban cuisine
As multifaceted as the Caribbean island state is, it is just as diverse Eating in Cuba. In my article I will take you into the Cuban kitchens and show you which dishes you should definitely try on the Caribbean island and of course where you can best order them. In addition, you will receive samples of the traditional drinks and of course there will be a delicious Cuban dessert at the end.
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Cuban cuisine combines Spanish, African, Creole and Caribbean influences and although that sounds very varied at first, most dishes have one thing in common: Beans and rice - Arros con frijoles - are the staple food and are served as an accompaniment to almost all dishes. Other side dishes are fried Plantainsthat you get as a starter before you eat and various root vegetables such as sweet potatoes.
The main part of the dishes are definitely Meat dishes in all variations, whereby vegetarians and vegans have to prepare for problems ordering dishes without animal products. Completely meat-free dishes are very rare, even in the supposedly simple rice as a side dish, small pieces of meat are sometimes hidden for a special taste. However, if you like to eat meat such as chicken, pork or beef as well as fish, you are in the right place in Cuba. Boiled, fried or deep-fried: Without animal proteins, almost nothing works in Cuba.
Contrary to many assumptions, there is almost no spicy food on the menu in Cuba and spices are also rarely used. Some even describe the Cuban specialties as bland. Cubans love their diet and therefore eat hot dishes twice a day. Now I'll show you which of them you should definitely try:
As in every country and region, there is also in Cuba traditional specialtiesthat you find on the menus or that are cooked and loved by families at home. Flan is served after a hearty meal as the main meal, and not only on special occasions. Flan is one Caramel dishwhich originally comes from Spain and is a bit reminiscent of pudding. It mainly consists of a mass of eggs and condensed milk and, of course, sugar, which is hardened in a water bath and, despite its simple preparation, tastes simply delicious. However, you should try these special Cuban specialties with lots of fish, chicken, beef, pork or plantains before dessert:
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Yuca con mojo
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Morros y Cristianos
Pescado à la Santa Barbara
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What would a delicious Cuban meal be without the right drink? Probably only half as tasty and that's why I'm putting them here for you typical Cuban drinks which you can drink during meals, for example, but of course also simply to refresh yourself with plantains as a snack or as a stimulant. By the way, coffee in Cuba is very strong and is traditionally refined with a lot of sugar. Make sure not to drink tap water and buy drinking water or fruit juices in the small shops and stores! Here are the Cuban drink specialties:
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Restaurants in Cuba
You now know what you absolutely want to try during your trip to Cuba, but you still have no idea where you will be served the many different delicacies? Most of the restaurants in Cuba are still in the hands of the state, plus there are the so-called Paladereswho have favourited private restaurants. I recommend you to dine in these Paladeres, where the quality of the food is usually much better and where the locals also like to indulge their culinary delights. The only problem with this could be that your private restaurants not recognized as such at first glance. If in doubt, ask the locals where you can best eat. By the way, tips are welcomed in restaurants.
For example, as usual in Cuba, you will stay overnight in one of the Casa Particulares, on request, in addition to the daily breakfast, you can also get other meals based on authentic Cuban dishes Home cooking. You will recognize many specialties that I have already presented to you above. You can also feast your way through the Cuban kitchens at various street stalls, for example in Havana's old town. You not only save a lot of money, but you can also easily get into conversation with the locals.
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