December 18, 2017

Eating Peru one chicken at a time


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When I need my Rotisserie chicken fix there is only one way to go.  Peruvian style (basic recipe in link) with lots of good seasonings like garlic and cumin and plenty of cilantro sauce on the side.  Where to go is another question.  Living in Queens, New York offers up many places to find such fare but if you want the mother lode head on over to Jackson Heights.  Specifically on Northern blvd. and Roosevelt ave from 76th to 90th streets.  There you will find Peruvian restaurants serving up the best ceviche (basic recipe in link), seafood, whole roast chickens and the most amazingly chartreuse green cilantro sauce poured from large pitchers into glasses with spoons and placed on the table along with your meal.  This stuff is crack in a cup. 

I stumbled upon La Casa Del Pollo Peruana 11 while researching Peruvian cilantro sauce recipes.  A clean looking place with an A rating in the window. People looked happy and everything smelled wonderful.  Did I mention clean?  Prices were reasonable too.  1/2 a chicken with side of fried yucca was about $7.50.

Another favorite for a real sit down experience is  Pio Pio at 84th street and Northern blvd.   The ceviche is superb and the Jalea (Peruvian seafood over rice) platter is huge and sure to kill you dead with all sorts of goodness.  The more casual and quieter Pio Pio to go  is up the block at 85th street.

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