Mofongo is the bedrock of Puerto Rican cuisine. Flaunting its African roots, this woody mash of fried green plantains is sweetened with pork tidbits and moistened with lardy gravy. It has been the centerpiece of menus at Latin lunch counters since the 1960s, including the East Village's now-defunct El Nacional, where you watched, tongue hanging out, as the plantains were pummeled in a wooden mortar with cloves... More >>>