What are some popular Cuban foods

Food and drink in Cuba: local specialties, cocktails and drinks

Mix Caribbean spices with Spanish meat specialties, Asian side dishes and African vegetables, rice ("Arroz") and black beans and get typical Cuban cuisine. While the cuisine in the east is Caribbean-African, in the west of Cuba it lives from Spanish influences. One of the traditional Cuban meat dishes is called "Picadillo Alvarez".

Prices for Cuban dishes in private dining rooms
Especially in private paladares (living room restaurants) and private inns (casas particulares) you can experience Cuban home cooking in a particularly authentic atmosphere. However, in the high season the private restaurants are just as popular as they are overcrowded and guests have to make reservations a few days in advance, as seating was recently restricted to a maximum of 50 seats. A main course with two drinks, dessert, and coffee costs around 15 CUP.

Guests of a Casa Particulare can also have breakfast and lunch served by the woman of the house for a surcharge of 10 to 15 euros (or 8 to 15 CUP). What the landlord caught during the day is then served on the coast.

Cuban Picadillo Alvarez Ingredients Variation

The fresh ingredients for the typical Cuban beef dish mostly come directly from the local farmers' weekly markets.

A preparation variant of the "Picadillo" consists of ground beef, white wine, tomato sauce, raisins, olives, capers, onions, garlic, potatoes, cumin and paprika. Rice and black beans are the classic accompaniment to Cuban meat dishes.

Typical Cuban dishes and ingredients

  • Tostones: Double-fried, green plantains with a crispy coating - as a snack or side dish with garlic and coarse salt
  • Yucca Con Mojo: The root vegetable cassava is peeled and boiled in water and served as a side dish. A mixture of onion, garlic, lime juice and pepper / salt serves as the sauce
  • Lobster: Lobsters, grilled, with chilli sauce or a Basque sauce “vizcaína” made from peppers, onions and occasionally tomatoes
  • Malanga puree: Similar to mashed potatoes, a puree is made from the Malanga tuber. But you can also use them in stews, cakes and desserts.
  • Flan: Dessert consisting of eggs, milk and sugar that are curdled in a water bath. There is also caramel sauce.

El Ron de Cuba: rum cocktails

Locals also like to drink the national drink with their meals: the mojito, served with fresh mint, lime juice, cane sugar, soda and plenty of rum. The Cuba Libre is also popular, and above all very well known.

According to its genesis, American soldiers are said to have created a mixture of Coca-Cola, rum and lime juice for a cheerful toast after the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. The exclamation was: “Long live free Cuba!” (Viva Cuba libre). The American-Cuban national cocktail was born! Today's basic preparation consists of 5 cl white rum, 12 cl cola, 1 cl fresh lime juice.

Batidas: fresh milkshakes
But even non-alcoholics can “drink” their way through Cuba's local drinks menu: So if you prefer the healthier option, you can't avoid the typical Cuban milkshakes - the Batidas with fresh Cuban cow's milk and local fruits such as bananas are offered very cheaply almost everywhere.

Cooking experience with Cuban women: Traditional Cuban cuisine in a paladar will be served to you on these trips!