I just realized that I haven’t yet written an article about Cuy! When you travel to Peru (flights to Peru) there are about five or six things that you just HAVE to do. You have to visit Machu Picchu, you have to check out Cusco, and you have to sample the delicious Peruvian delicacy…CUY!
When I was first introduced to Cuy, I was with a Peruvian family who started waxing so poetically about the mysterious dish (I had no idea that it was Guinea Pig at the time) that I immediately started to get suspicious.
“Cuy is delicious,” said one of the guys, “back in the old days if the king were to come to your house, you’d serve him Cuy and it’d be a noble dish…”
Seriously he went on like this for like twenty minutes and I started thinking “methinks the fellow doth protest too much.” Well, it all came to a head when his young daughter, thinking she was helping, chirped in at the end of an especially long tirade exhorting the glory of Cuy and said happilly, “It’s NOT a rat!”
Um-hmmmm…. Now I understand. Anything that’s NOT a rat, or must be designated as such is certainly something that I’m not apt to have on my menu.
However, being the adventurous idiot that I am, I ate the Cuy when it came to me and found the flavor to be…you guessed it…something like chicken (I asked them not to serve me the head…those little teeth poking out give me the creeps)!
But you should SEE Peruvians tear into a family of Cuy. Seriously! They eat the mamma Cuy, the papa Cuy, the baby brother Cuy, the baby sister Cuy…they eliminate an entire genetic pool in the course of a few minutes. It’s kind of terrifying/amusing (not a good combo).
One of the other things they do is crack open the head and dig out the ear bones which they keep as luck charms. No more needs be said on that (just imagine somebody munching on a Cuy head and crushing its skull….hmmmmmm).
Honestly, if you want to get Cuy you can sample it in a stew or something and it’s really quite good. It’s only if it’s splayed out on your table like in the above picture that you get the sense of something creepy. However, if you go to Peru with your wife and children (Lan Flights) just imagine how much fun you can have freaking them out by happily munching on a Cuy in front of them (especially if your sons or daughters have pet Guinea Pigs back at home…hahahaha!).