By Henry Pacheco
If you want some fantastic food with great views of Manhattan, weekends at Smorgasburg is the place to be. For all you non-New Yorkers, Smorgasburg is an outdoor food flea market that takes place at two locations in Brooklyn, every Saturday and Sunday. Specialty foods such as lumpias, ramen burgers and now, mofongo can all be found there.
Mofongo is a popular Puerto Rican dish and it has a dedicated stand called Mofon•GO at Smorgasburg. So I went on a mission to taste it. As I walked through the massive crowds and endless food tents, I was only looking for one thing, the only white flag, flying high with the Mofon•GO logo on it. Once spotted, I made a beeline to the stand and was welcomed by owner Manolo Lopez, who was working the register.
Being a mofongo rookie, I was interested to know how the dish is made, so I watched as one of the workers flattened the plantains into a bowl-like shape. The bowl of smashed plantains was then passed on to another server, who filled the bowl with a hot chicken stew and topped it off with cilantro and pork grinds. It was so damn good. The rich sauce, fresh plantains and crunchy texture of the pork grinds gave this dish the ultimate finish. The best part of the mofongo? It tasted like it was made with a lot of pride and passion.
To perfect the taste, Manolo flew his mom to New York from Puerto Rico for nearly two month to perfect his recipes and it paid off. If you go to Mofon·GO (and you best be going), get there early, as they usually sell out according to their Instagram. Right now, you can only get chicken and vegetable mofongo but they're expanding the menu in the near future with shrimp, ceviche and skirt steak. ¡Buen Provecho!
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