Matongé and Quimbombó con Carne de Puerco y Bolitas de Plátano

Mantongé Mural

Matongé Mural

This summer I’ve been taking classes in Brussels, so I took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring. I had already been to Brussels a few times, but always to the Historic Center and other touristy places. I had heard about Matongé from a colleague and was curious to check it out! Luckily a classmate, Samy, was free after class to show me around – and thought it was funny I wanted to go and take photos. I especially wanted to get plantains, okra, and habanero peppers, because they’re difficult to find in Antwerp.  Fresh produce was available in abundance with little markets located throughout Matongé! I bought some Congolese food to-go to try the next day.

With my plantains, okra, and peppers I made Quimbombó con Carne de Puerco y Bolitas de Plátano – okra stew with pork and plantain dumplings. It’s a Cuban dish with a heavy African influence. It’s a bit like gumbo. If you say “King Gumbo” really quickly you get the idea. Everything turned out really well except for my plantain dumplings. They didn’t stay in their form. If I make this again, I will just fry them rather than mashing them and making balls.

Voodoo dolls!

Voodoo dolls!

 

Picking out my veggies

Picking out my veggies

 

I didn't know where to start - Samy ordered for me!

I didn’t know where to start – Samy ordered for me!

 

Rice with pondu, plantains, and Congolese beef covered in peanut sauce

Rice with pondu, plantains, and Congolese beef covered in peanut sauce

 

My bounty!

My bounty!

 

Naranja agria - equal parts fresh orange and lime juice

Naranja agria – equal parts fresh orange and lime juice

 

The pork marinade - mashed garlic, salt, and pepper with the naranja agria

The pork marinade – mashed garlic, salt, and pepper with the naranja agria

 

Onions and green bell pepper

Onions and green bell pepper

 

Okra

Okra

 

Grated tomato - I needed everything except the skin

Grated tomato – I needed everything except the skin

 

You can see the plantains are ready, because they're peeking out of the peel

You can see the plantains are ready, because they’re peeking out of the peel

 

Mashed plantains about to be made into balls for the dumplings

Mashed plantains about to be made into balls for the dumplings

 

Quimbombó con Carne de Puerco y Bolitas de Plátano - not the prettiest dish, but delicious! You can see the the plantain dumplings are smushed and not round anymore

Quimbombó con Carne de Puerco y Bolitas de Plátano – not the prettiest dish, but delicious! (You can see the the plantain dumplings are smushed and not round anymore)

 

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