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Sweet Mango’s Jamaican Mannish Water

Posted February 4, 2013 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Curiosities

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
Washington, DC

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.