Mangu – Mashed Plantains – Dominican Breakfast


Mangu (Mashed Plantains)

Mangu (Mashed plantains)

This is perhaps the food that is most associated with Dominicans.In its most simplified form its Mashed plantains, that right there should tell you that its Dominican. However, in its most glorious form, as a breakfast, with salami and onions, perhaps an egg to go along with it, it is a glorious way to have breakfast in the Dominican Republic.

The origin of the word is from our African roots, at first a fan of the site told us that a Dominican Author had written that while the American troops were in the Dominican republic, the mashed plantains were served to them and the soldiers would say “Man That’s Good”… Dominican people not knowing English would then repeat “Man Good”… and eventually it just got known as Mangu.

The author contacted us and let us know that he never said this, so we are sorry about the mis-quote,  however, one thing is for sure…

We should have know the story was untrue, because Mangu is not good.. Its GREAT!

Check out the Recipe!
Time: 30 mins Serves: 4 people


  • 4 unripe plantains
  • 4 eggs
  • 4-6 Salami slices in small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Salt


  1. Peel the plantains and cut them in half. Put the plantain in a pot with water and boil adding 2 tablespoons of salt to the mix. When the plantains are tender turn off the heat.
  2. While the plantains are boiling, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Sautee the onions, along salami, add the salt and the vinegar and save it. Scramble the eggs.
  3. Take the plantains out of the water once tender and proceed to mash them with a fork. Add the butter and cold water and keep mashing until the consitency is very smooth. Top it off with the onions, eggs, and cut pieces of salami.