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Jalea at Pio Pio -- Jackson Heights

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Jalea at Pio Pio -- Jackson Heights

Eric Eto | Jul 24, 2005 12:56 PM

Obviously, Pio Pio is all about the chicken. But with a group of 5, we decided to get the Matador combination (the largest combo), and supplement that with a large order of jalea (fried seafood platter). I don't remember anyone mentioning the jalea, but I know the ceviche gets regularly panned. Maybe timing had to do with it too, since we were there at 6ish to beat the crowds. But the jalea was pretty flawless. Nicely crisp, greaseless pile of seafood, with sliced red onions, and a good tang with the lime juice (or dressing) that's poured over it. There were big chunks of fish (not sure what kind), shrimp, baby octopus, and squid, with 4 stray steamed mussels and fried yucca as garnishes. I had the jalea at Pollada de Laura recently, which was also very good, but this one at Pio Pio I thought was better, especially with the meatiness of the fish and seafood. Though I have no way to assess this, I can't imagine that this same dish would be as good at 9pm as it is at 6pm, as I imagine the frying oil is much fresher (unless they change the oil twice a night there), and the kitchen probably wasn't jammed with orders yet.

This was the second time in the day I had fried fish (I had fish tacos earlier in the day -- see my post below), and with the leftovers, I'm going to try a little experiment. The fried fish in the jalea was probably my favorite, so I'll get some tortillas, cabbage, cream, and chipotle salsa, and see if this works in a homemade fish taco.

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