Sweet Mango’s Jamaican Mannish Water
The Dish: Mannish Water ($5)
What It Is: Jamaican goat soup made with all parts of the animal–head, hearts, brains, tripe, sometimes even testicles–as well as vegetables and dumplings.
What It Tastes Like: More delicious than Viagra and arguably more satisfying. The pale green color is alarming at first, but that’s just from the green bananas. Savory with a heat that builds in the back of your throat, the long-simmered stew is sweet from carrots and bananas and thick from potatoes and zesty whole peppercorns. It tastes like chicken soup but with a slightly stronger funk.
The History: Believed to be an aphrodisiac, this popular Jamaican soup is served at weddings, parties, and even funerals. “It’s good for you,” says chef George “Lenky” Beckford, as he flexes his biceps. read more
Sweet Mango Cafe
3701 New Hampshire Avenue NW