Culinary Experiences in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is more than rice and beans! Your trip to the island won’t be complete if you don’t sample staple dishes such as mofongo, made of deep-fried green plantains smashed with garlic and served with pork, creole, or garlic chicken, crab meat, skirt steak, among others; tostones, double deep-fried plantain wheels, usually served with mayoketchup and garlic; and lechón, a slowly spit-roasted pork dish with juicy meat and crispy skin.
Even though you will always find the distinctive spice that characterizes Afro-Caribbean cuisine, chefs and cooks throughout the island have inclined to infuse other cultures into their menus. So, if your palate is feeling a little adventurous, many kitchens around Puerto Rico offer a variety of plates inspired by Asian, Latin-American, and European cuisine that still highlight creole elements. If you won’t have time to sample the wide variety of local dishes, consider trying out a food tour to sample more flavors of the island.