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    Posted March 18, 2013 by
    Jackdiv
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    Herdia, Costa Rica
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    Your best travel dish

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    Pescado Frito Entero

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Jackdiv says he tried his best travel dish in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica. He was at a family owned Chinese restaurant called El Milenio. He describes the dish, pescado frito entero, as quite simple, but delicious. The fish, head and tail included, is fried until it is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 'It's a little bit of work to get the meat off the bone, but I think that's part of the fun -- like lobster,' he said. 'It's a tactile meal, and it is visually interesting.' As a self-described traveler and explorer, he says his immediate reaction to any fish dish is to try it, 'And the appearance only makes it more appealing.' Although he has seen pescado frito entero attributed by cookbooks as originating from the Caribbean coast, he says it is a common dish across Costa Rica.
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    PESCADO FRITO ENTERO
    (Whole Fried Fish)

    This is a fish dish found in all of Costa Rica, although cookbooks assign its origin to the Caribbean coast. It is very simply, a whole fried fish, head and tail intact. Red snapper, grouper, sea bass or croaker are seen as the best, but other fish will do as well.

    It is served hot and very crispy. It’s fried well enough that it takes a little work to pry the meat off the bones, but that’s part of the delight: It’s fun food to eat. Usually, you will get french fries and some cabbage or lettuce salad.

    Some smaller restaurants may offer you several fish of varying sizes, at different prices.
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