So last night’s attempt to eat Cuy or Guinea Pig was a bit of a flop so we tried again
tonight. We finally found a restaurant that is open and serving Guinea Pig, so yeah we’ve
placed our order and we’re sitting here just waiting for our first Cuy meal. This is a
first for both me and Sam.
Okay, so time to spew off a few facts about Guinea Pig. Yeah, so the Cuy is something
we’ve been wanting to try for a while now. It is one of the most traditional Peruvian
它源于印第安人 是一种啮齿动物 很显然
foods you can possibly get. It originates from the Andes. It is a rodent. And apparently
the meat is very high in protein and low in cholesterol. So it is healthy for you! Yeah,
exactly. Who would have known. This is a perfect meal to have just before our hike to Machu
So another fun fact, because I know you guys really like those is that if you visit Cuszo
Cathedral, once you go inside you’ll see that there is a painting of Jesus and the 12 Disciples
enjoying their last supper and guess what they’re eating? It’s a Guinea Pig and it is
lying on its back with its little paws up in the air. So if Guinea Pig is good enough
for Jesus and his Disciples we can certainly eat it while we’re in Cusco.
And they were kind enough to let us go take a look at how it is being cooked and prepared.
So let’s go walk over and check out the wood fire burning oven. Just over there. Just over
there. That is where our Cuy is being made.
So our dinner has arrived and I’m trying not to look at the Guinea Pig in the face because
it kind of reminds me of my sister’s two pet Chinchillas but there it is on the plate.
And it comes with a few sides so if you look down here you can see that we have some golden
potatoes, some fried yellow potato actually and we have a little salad and we also have
a stuffed pepper with cheese melted over top. So yes, I guess the next step is to dig in
to our Cuy.
So our server has kindly chopped up the Cuy because we didn’t really know where to begin
and apparently you have to eat this with your hands.
Yes, so I’m going to grab just a chunk here. It is time for the first bite. Is that like
the back? Oh, the skin.
Wow, the meat is quite tender. You know what it tastes a lot like chicken. If I didn’t
know what I was eating I would have guessed it was chicken. That’s good to know. It makes
me a feel a little better about taking my first bite.
I think I have the back and the hind leg.
I’m just taking little nibbles. How does it taste?
It’s like stringy chicken. Yeah, like it even looks like chicken. Like the dark meat on
a chicken. So you could fool me but I’ve seen the whole Guinea Pig on the plate. So now
我知道我在吃的是什么 你需要克服心里障碍 因为这
I know what I’m having and you just kind of have to get over that because it does make
a bit of an impression on you. Especially if you have Chinchillas for pets because they
just look so similar.
So moving on we’re kind of taking a bite of its mid-section here. So what you really notice
about when you have Guinea Pig is that the skin is really crispy but the meat inside
很鲜嫩 我很喜欢 你也可以看到一些器官和骨头
is quite tender. I actually like it. We’re also noticing that there are some organs and
– 没错 肉质鲜嫩 – 天竺鼠内部有些奇怪的东西
bones. Yeah, yeah and strange things inside our Cuy. It is very much cooked as it is and
you eat it as it is presented. Yes, that is how you have Cuy in Peru.
– 要是你直接用手吃而不是拿着刀叉那就更好了- 没错
Except you are using cutlery instead of your hands. You have it all wrong. Oh, right. That’s
– 现在评论下吧 如果你在点菜的时候看到有天竺鼠这道菜 你还会点吗？- 我不怎么确定
So now the verdict. If you saw Cuy on a menu would you order it again? I’m not necessarily
我会不会点 因为这菜有点贵 我觉得如果你
sure I would just because it is a bit expensive and I think that if you were to have something
想吃更多的肉 你可以点些鸡肉什么的 不过我很庆幸
like chicken or something else you might get a little bit more meat. But I’m really glad
I tried it. It tasted honestly better than I expected and uh yeah if you’re Peru definitely
try it though at a least once.
– 那么你的评价呢？- 还不错 但说实话我不确定我会不会再吃一次
And your final verdict? Well, it didn’t taste bad but that being said I’m not sure I would
eat it again. I just don’t like seeing the whole animal on my plate. And I know that
我知道这么说有点不切实际 因为我是个食肉者 我吃过鱼
is kind of silly to say because I do eat meat. I do eat fish. So it doesn’t make sense to
just eliminate Guinea Pig but yeah not for me. Not for me.