The Ropa Vieja story: the National Dish of Cuba | Revolucin de Cuba

Posted By on June 13, 2022

Ropa Vieja, the national dish of Cuba, is a meal that is steeped in history.

This rustic,humble dishso perfectly tells the story of the countrys culinary and cultural evolution over the last half-century. Its fascinating and a perfect read if youre feeling a little hungry so, ropavieja. Whats it all about?

Like many great parts of Cuban culture, ropa vieja started life in Spain. Its name literally translates to old clothes and the story goes that a penniless old man once shredded and cooked his own clothes because he could not afford food for his family. He prayed over the bubbling concoction and a miracle occurred, turning the mixture into a tasty, rich meat stew.

Now, were not totally sure that this story is absolute fact but its wonderful nonetheless. What we do know is that the recipe for ropavieja is over 500 years old and originated with the Sephardic Jewsin the Iberian peninsula of Spain. Because cooking was not allowed on the Sabbath, the Sephardi would slow-cook a hearty stew the night before.

The dish then travelled to the Americas with the Spanish people, where it became a staple dish across the Caribbean and Cuba. And although the recipe has been tweaked over the years, the fundamental base of ropa vieja remains today as it always has.

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The Ropa Vieja story: the National Dish of Cuba | Revolucin de Cuba

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