Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

My first taste of Cuban cuisine was offered by my fabulous Cuban landlords. I don’t really remember what it was but I do remember the red rice with black beans, otherwise known as “Moros y Cristianos”. In English, that’s literally translated as Muslims and Christians. Weird name for food, eh?

I’m not really an expert when it comes to food. I eat if it looks and smells good—and as long as they’re not made from the insides of poor animals. Vegetables? I eat some, not just ampalaya and okra.

Cuban food is not the best in the world but, duh, backpackers don’t eat the best food in the world! Ok, we do. Only if there’s a huge discount. 🙂

While most of the [easyazon_link asin=”1250036089″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Cuban dishes[/easyazon_link] I ate were bland, I had no complains. I devoured them like it’s the kind of food I eat everyday. There’s just one dish that I didn’t like much–the fish casserole. It was not disgusting but I think it’s just the kind of fish which made me say, “Ew!” while the waitress was still serving. My badness. She never even bothered to ask what was wrong with my food. I reckon, she’s used to hearing it already. LOL…

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Moros y Cristianos (Muslims and Christians)

Cuban Cuisine - All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

My first breakfast. $1 

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba



This is how a fried chicken looks like in Havana. $3.50

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

The saltiest dish I had. $9.

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Corn soup with corn cob in it. Delish. $2

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

A giant fried fish at Nando’s in Havana. $7

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Fried chicken for $7. Not my order.

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba



Most of my breakfasts look like this. Only fruits. $2. 

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

This breaded shrimp is so good. $4

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

This is the fish casserole that I didn’t like. $4

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

I’d eat anything with shrimp in it. $4.50

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Yes, another shrimp dish! Looks and tastes good—but pricey. $13

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Steamed fish. Heaven. $7

Cuban Dishes – All the food I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

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I had this at a buffet restaurant in Trinidad. Gross. $12 

Cuban Dishes – All the food I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

It seemed to me this meat was cooked a day before. $5

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

The grilled meat was ok but the fried plantain was so yummy I ordered another. $10 

Cuban Cuisine
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Did I tell you I really like shrimp? $8 (Camarones enchilada)

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Best food I had in Santiago de Cuba. $6 (Bistek de cerredu de empanada)

All the dishes I ate in Cuba
All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Almost every restaurant I’ve been to serve this fried plantain like it’s rice. $1

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
All the dishes I ate in Cuba

My food after a night in a bar. $9 

Cuban Food
Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Shredded beef, a traditional Cuban food. $3.95

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba
All the dishes I ate in Cuba

Peanuts are inside these thinly-shaped cones. Five of these for $1.  

Cuban Snack
Cuban Snack

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Chiviaico, looks like nachos with sugar, eh?

Cuban Snack
Cuban snack

Chinese food, Cuban style. $11

Chinese food in Cuba
Gong bao ji ding, Cuban style

Cuban hamburger. 3 Pesos (11 cents in USD)

Cuban Hamburger
Cuban hamburger

Grilled lobster. Sooooo good! $10

Cuban Food grilled lobster
Grilled Lobster

This comes with the lobster (above).

Cuban food
Cuban side dish

Mixed seafood in one huge platter. $16

Cuban cuisine Mixed grilled seafood
Mixed grilled seafood

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2 Comments

  • That red/brown rice dish must be a joke? I don’t get why it’s called as such. It’s just rice with black beans and that’s it! Hehehe

  • The last dish looks yum yum. I don’t mind the price as long as it’s in huge plate. lol

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