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The Time I Ate Guinea Pig in Peru

by on Dec.20, 2012, under Travel

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On my travels round the globe I have tried many and various food types and will be detailing them regularly. In this report, I take you to Peru where I tried Guinea Pig! Also known as Cui.

Having been mind blown by the epic sight of Machu Picchu and having just finished the four day Inca Trail, we were all in good spirits. It’s a magical place. Our tour guides invited us for lunch in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes in Peru. We were meeting at 3pm. It was Christmas Day. I was hungry and was hoping to try some local food.

As a child Christmas Dinner was always a special occassion. It was nice that I could visit the church in Aguas Calientes before heading to Chaski Restaurant for the Peruvian Christmas Dinner, with a difference.

I hadn’t eaten Guinea Pig before and was hotly anticipating it. I was in Peru of course, but it is also popular in Ecuador. I’m always up for trying new food, but I don’t always finish it if I don’t like it!

I had two options for my Christmas Guinea Pig – either Roasted Guinea Pig ( Cuy al Horno) which is served with potatoes, salad and cheese or Stewed Guinea Pig ( Pepian de Cuy) which is topped with peanut sauce and served with potatoes and rice. Both cost 55 Soles. I was delighted to hear that I would be having potatoes on Christmas Day, and because I used to eat Roasted Turkey, I went for the Roasted Guinea Pig.

The Guinea Pig arrived in full on the plate, if you check out the photo you can see the head and all. We raised a glass in our Inca Trail group and got stuck into the food!

So, what you really want to know is was the roasted Guinea Pig it any good? Is it worth trying? As a traveller and a lover of the phrase “I’ll try anything once” then I have to say Yes! Go to Peru and try the Roasted Guinea Pig. It was well cooked, a bit roasted and I would say similar to chicken. You do have to pick at the bones and search hard for genuine large lumps of meat, but definitely worth trying once, especially the effort that was put into making it and the aroma from it. Having eaten as much of it as I could, it was time for a few Christmas Day beers to toast to the success of having completed the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. My advice – try Roasted Guinea Pig!! Known as Cuy! You might never get the chance again. Don’t Stop Living!

To find more articles like Eating Roasted Guinea Pig head to Jonny Blair’s worldwide travel, work and lifestyle site called Dont Stop Living for regular travel features and tips.. Unique version for reprint here: The Time I Ate Guinea Pig in Peru.

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