– That’s delicious.
I could eat 20 of these. – Good old ketchup. I mean, what’d I say? You could put it on cardboard
and it would taste good, so there’s no way
this one’s tasting bad. ♪ (French accordion music) ♪ – (FBE) Today,
we’re gonna have you try some Puerto Rican dishes.
– Yes! I love food. – It’s a U.S. territory, right? That’s about as far
as my knowledge goes. – Yes, I’m from Puerto Rico! Amarillitos, mofongo,
and then frappes– the little fruit drinks
are my favorite. – (FBE) So these dishes may
not have all necessarily originated in Puerto Rico,
but are commonly eaten in Puerto Rican cuisine
and the meals you’re trying today have been prepared
at a local Puerto Rican restaurant here in Los Angelas.
– Oh, wow. I’m excited but
I’m on the scared side of what you might
put in front of me. – I’m expecting meats and rice. I don’t know. I’m very uneducated
with this kind of stuff. – I think it’s much better
than American dishes. American dishes don’t
really have much variety and the Puerto Rico dishes
are completely– there’s no word to describe it. It’s just so good. – (FBE) Here is your first dish. – That looks really good. It looks like a potsticker. – I’m trying to imagine
what might be in it and I’m thinking meat and veggies,
and it smells really good. – Ooh! Okay. That’s delicious.
I could eat 20 of these. – I’m just gonna go for it. (crunching) That is so good. I like the flaky outside. The meat that’s
inside is really tasty. – It’s plain, but it’s really good. – I’m getting warm and then spicy,
but not spicy enough that I’m dying. – (FBE) So this
is called pastelillos. This is a meat filled pastry
that is very popular in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. They’re also called empanadas.
– Empanadas! Okay, that would make sense. – (FBE) Although
the pastelillos in Puerto Rico usually have a thinner
and more crisp shell. – I like that part. The shell’s my favorite part. This crunchiness, so good. – (FBE) Here’s your next dish.
– Okay. We got some sort of fry? – It looks like dried up carrots. – It looks like a plant
that you’d see– I’m just gonna say yucca
because I think people eat that. – Oh, you can take garlic.
Is it a garlic sauce? (crunching) – It’s too hard. (crunching) – They look like french fries.
I want them to be french fries. But they’re clearly
Puerto Rican fries. – It’s a little plain,
even with the garlic. It added a little scent to it. I’d rather have
some nice crisp french fries. – (FBE) This is yuca frita,
which translates to fried yucca. It’s a dish made from
the root of the cassava, or yucca plant. Usually, the root is cut
into two or three inch chunks and deep fried in vegetable oil.
– Nice. It’s a little tough to chew, but especially with the garlic,
it adds a lot of flavor. – (FBE) Here’s the next one. – I have no idea what this is. – The Korean in me
is getting a little excited because we have these things
called potato onion pancakes, and this looks exactly like it. – It smells like… is it catfish? – Here goes nothin’. Mmm, that’s really good. Kind of chewy…
(crunching) Mmm! Crispy at the end. (crunching) – It reminds me
of fish and chips, but condensed fish and chips,
where it’s a really thin filet, and then only a little bit
of fried batter on it. – (FBE) So this is called bacalaíto,
which are codfish fritters. – Fish. That’s what it was. – Not liking fish, I think
it’s much, much better than I would ever think
or expect it to be. – (FBE) Puerto Ricans will
actually commonly eat this dish as a street food.
– I can definitely see that. It’s very greasy.
Just like a nice little snack. – I’d probably take this over
a hot dog or a hamburger, which is what you see
as street food in America today. I would gladly have one of these. – (FBE) Here’s your next one.
– Oh! Some rice. – I don’t know what
these are, maybe lentils. – My grandma makes this. It is rice with beans, a classic
in Latin American countries. I gotta get some of these,
whatever these are. It’s not spicy at all,
but I think the intent was to be a little bit spicy,
with some sort of peas in it. – That is really good rice. It has a lot of flavor in it. You can taste salt and spices in it. – Let me try these little guys. This tastes like beans. It’s got a ton of flavors
coming at you, you know. It’s giving a left
and it’s giving you a right. It’s nice. – (FBE) This is arroz con gandules. It is yellow rice
mixed with pigeon peas. – Oh, pigeon peas? – I hate peas, but these
don’t taste like peas at all. – (FBE) Its one of
the signature rice dishes of Puerto Rican cuisine
and is mainly served at Christmas Eve dinner,
along with pasteles. – Okay, yeah, it’s good rice. I can totally see myself eating
this with a whole hearty meal and being very satisfied with it. – (FBE) Here’s your last dish. – Oh, it looks like a brownie. – Good old ketchup. I mean, what’d I say? You can put it on cardboard
and it would taste good, so there’s no way
this one’s tasting bad. – It looks like a sweet potato thing
because it’s orange, but that looks like
some type of meat. (crunching) – Mmm! You’re kind of expecting it
to be crunchy because it looks so crunchy,
but it’s soft on the inside and super duper sweet. – It tastes like beef, maybe, or chi– From looking at it,
it looks like chicken or possibly crawfish. – (FBE) This is
alcapurrias de jueyes. While it can be made many ways,
this one is a crab filled cassava fritter made with
green bananas and taro leaves. – Okay, yeah,
it’s packed with flavor. – You look inside and there’s
just so much going on, but it’s so good. – (FBE) This is also considered
the fried version of pasteles. Some Puerto Ricans would say
that Christmas without this dish is like Thanksgiving
without turkey. – Oh, yeah, that’s true. I remember having Christmas
with this there. – One thing I’m always excited
for on the holidays is the great food,
so if I go to Puerto Rico around Christmas, boom,
you got great food. – (FBE) So which one
of these Puerto Rican dishes would you recommend people eat? – The second– the second one? The yuca frita. – Pastelillos? – I’d have to go with bacalaitos.
It was absolutely delicious. – Alcapurria,
the lash dish I tried. It’s super good. There’s a lot of stuff going on. – Alcapurria and then pastel–
or empanada thing. Those were so good. It feels like home. – I liked the pastel– past–
“pastelejos” or empanadas. The thing about living here
is that we get to experience a lot of other cultures
and I love experiencing the cultures through food. – Thanks for watching us
try Puerto Rican dishes on the React channel. – What meals should we try next? Let us know in the comments. – See you later, guys. – What’s up, guys? Alyssa here, a producer
from the React channel. Go ahead and hit subscribe. We have a ton of episodes
coming out soon, featuring more countries.