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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jfenson and her husband recently came back from their sixth trip to Peruvian Amazon. They spent a portion of their trip traveling down the Amazonian River in a Clavero, a historic riverboat. It was while they were traveling through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the second largest reserve in the Amazon, that she had one of the best travel dishes. They decided to grab dinner at the Dawn, a restaurant in the Amazon Cafe in Iquitos, and she order the chef's special, which that day was patarashca de dorado, con papas gratinadas. She says the fish is seasoned with aji paste, garlic, cilantro and other spices and then it is wrapped in a bijao leaf and steamed until tender. 'When I took the first bite, I could not believe how absolutely delicious it was,' she said. She decided to ask for the recipe and discovered that the recipe was actually created by the restaurant owner's wife. 'I am going to try making this dish at home. But I won't be able to duplicate our table at the cafe on the Malecon, looking out over the Amazon,' she said.
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    Recently I was in the Amazon River frontier town of Iquitos, Peru getting ready for a riverboat trip to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. I had dinner at the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe and ordered the chef's choice of fish dishes, Patarashca de Dorado, con Papas Gratinadas. It was the best fish dish I have ever had. I liked it so much I had it again for lunch. The fish, lightly seasoned with aji pepper, garlic and cilantro, is baked in a bijao leaf and served with au gratin potatoes. I requested the recipe and will try to duplicate it with banana leaves. Sadly I cannot duplicate our table at the cafe on the Malecon, looking out over the Amazon.
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