Ecuadorian food: cuy

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Ecuadorian food: cuy

Are you looking for a culinary adventure while you visit Ecuador or Peru? Cuy pronounced (COO-ee) is an exotic dish and also one of the most traditional dishes found in the Andes.

This is an exotic and tasty dish you can taste in Ecuador and other neighbouring countries.  I found out recently that this dish found nowadays in most the Andes, has been served since the pre-Columbian era. Later on after the Spanish arrived to the continent, guinea pigs were exported to Europe, hence, started to be treated as pets.

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Where to eat it

Cuy or guinea pig is not something we eat on a regular basis. It is though, found in most restaurants serving traditional food along the Andes cordillera.

The most traditional recipe is the one for baked cuy. (The one you see in the picture of the article.) For this recipe, the guinea pig is stuffed with herbs and baked over a spit.

What it tastes like

I would like to begin by pointing out that gourmet cuy is fed only alfalfa in order to ensure that the meat is tender. For many it tastes like chicken, and I also have to agree. This dish has to be eaten with your hands, it is not possible to cut the meat with a knife and you will take too much time trying to do so. For me the best part is the crispy skin, but you will find that there is more meat in the hind legs.


FacebookHow to eat it

Cuy is commonly served with rice or potatoes, and garnished with hard-boiled eggs and lettuce leaves.

If you are adventurous and would like to taste a very special dish from the Andes cordillera, add cuy to your list of food to eat.

In conclusion, cuy is not found everywhere. In addition,  I should let you know is that this is not something you will find in our plates on a daily basis. Cuy is eaten seldom in the cities, it is often found in the diet of indigenous groups living up in the highlands.

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