By MSc. Domingo Cuza Pedrera
Asking for a hot mandanga anywhere in Cuba will surely be greeted with a smirk or laugh. In most parts of the country the “mandanga” is a slang word referring to the male sexual organ, that is, everywhere with the exception of Yara, Bayamo and nearby villages. Here, the mandanga is one of the most traditional dishes of the region. The gastronomic region of Bayamo, which includes the Cauto planes (the Cauto is the country’s longest river), is rich in traditional dishes, so much so that some researchers consider this to be the place where Cuban cuisine was born.