|Course||main course or side dish|
|Place of origin||Dominican Republic|
|Main ingredients||Green plantains|
|Variations||Mofongo, Fufu, Tacacho, Cayeye|
|Cookbook: Mangú Media: Mangú|
Mangú is a Dominican traditional side dish served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The word came after a US marine exclaimed "Man, good!" after eating mashed plantains during the first United States invasion of the Dominican Republic.
Mangú is made up of boiled green plantains. The plantains are then mashed with the water in which they were boiled. The dish is topped with sauteed red onions that have been cooked with apple cider vinegar. Queso Frito (fried cheese), fried Dominican "salami" (more of a baloney than salami), eggs, or avocado are often added as side dishes. Los tres golpes, literally "the three hits," is a term meaning mangú with cheese, salami, and eggs.
Boiled mashed plantains can be traced back to Africans in the Congo region who were brought to the island during the slave trade. The original word was something akin to mangusi and referred to almost any root vegetable that was boiled and mashed.
Garth, Hanna 2013 Food and Identity in the Caribbean. London and New York: Bloomsbury. http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/food-and-identity-in-the-caribbean-9780857853592/