On our last visit to Puerto Rico, we had a tapas lunch at La Ostra Cosa in Old Jan Juan just yards away from San Juan Cathedral, and the tomb of Ponce De Leon. It was a beautiful restaurant with a courtyard that served Spanish and Puerto Rican fare. We ordered garlic-buttered clams, mussels, and on the advice of our server,...mofongo, a fried and mashed plantain side dish. It was incredible! Crispy, buttery, and full of pork flavor. It was the kind of dish you always remember. The aroma. The flavor. The way it feels in your mouth. With all the beauty of Old San Juan on that blue-sky day, mofungo was the lasting memory.
This is mofongo.
They serve it in many ways throughout Puerto Rico: in soups & stews, as a starchy side dish, filled with chicken or beef, or topped with seafood.