Mofongo de Carne Guisada, Mofongo’s Latin American Restaurant, NoHo CA

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Mofongo‘s Latin American Restaurant’s Mofongo de Carne Guisada (Smashed Green Plantains Stuffed with Beef Stew) is absolutely delightful. I ordered mine with a side of maduros. Rachel had the mofongos with crab and a side of tostones. Peurto Rican food is a strong competitor to Cuban food. The carne guisada is juicy and provides a stark contrast to the dried, fried plantain. The plantains are surprisingly filling. I had to muscle through this dish. 5/5 stars. Goes well with Coco Rico soda.

BONUS: Both the maduros and tostones are great plantain dishes. Tostones come out looking like a pastry, but they are fried plantains, pounded flat into a cookie-like shape, and fried again until golden brown. Maduros are fried with cinnamon or brown sugar and are sweeter than tostones. The maduros remind me of Filipino turon.

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