Tomtom Haitian Food

Tomtom is a traditional dish found in Haiti, although it’s variations is popular in other parts of the world. It is also called foo foo, fufu or tonmtonm. Even if you are a seasoned cook or a novice, this traditional Haitian food is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Tomtom Haitian Food


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  • Cuisine: Haitian
  • Category: Staple Food
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  • Servings: 4

Tomtom is a traditional Haitian dish made from pounded breadfruit, cassava or potatoes. It is also known as foo foo or tonmtonm. It is a staple food in Haiti and is often served with a variety of sauces or stews, such as kalalou gonbo, okra, legume or bouillon.

It can be made into a paste or dough-like consistency, and is usually shaped into balls or flattened into cakes before being cooked. In Haiti, tomtom is often eaten as a side dish or as part of a main meal. It is also popular in other parts of the Caribbean and in West Africa.

Tomtom is traditionally made in mortal and pestle; and primarily eaten in Haiti’s southernmost departments, namely Grand’Anse and Sud with the city of Jérémie is considered Haiti’s tomtom capital.



  • 1 ripe and green breadfruit, peeled and cored
  • Salt to taste
  • Bowl of boiled water

Method Instructions

  1. Cut each breadfruit quarter lengthwise.
  2. Put a large pot on heat and put the breadfruits into it. Add salt and cook till tender.
  3. Using a mortal and pestle, pound these cooked, tender breadfruits while hot till smooth. While doing this, dip the pestle in hot water occasionally.
  4. When well mashed and combined, roll like a ball or cake and serve with your desired soup.

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Recipe Tags: Tomtom, Tomtom Haitian Food, Recipe, Tonmtonm


  • Serve tomtom as an accompaniment to kalalou gonbo.
  • You can serve tomtom with a flavorful stew or sauce, such as legume, bouillon, or a meat or seafood dish.
  • You may top tomtom with a spicy sauce or condiment, such as hot sauce or pikliz (a Haitian condiment made from pickled vegetables).
  • You may as well serve tomtom with a variety of dipping sauces, such as peanut sauce or a tomato-based sauce.

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