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View Poll Results: Would you eat Cuy (Guinea Pig)?
Yes, I'd eat it. BRING ON THE CUY! 21 29.58%
I'd try a bite if someone else ordered it. 18 25.35%
No, I could never eat a guinea pig! They're pets! 7 9.86%
No, I couldn't eat a guinea pig because the idea grosses me out 12 16.90%
I don't eat meat 5 7.04%
I've had cuy before 1 1.41%
Other 4 5.63%
Chicken Pot Pie 3 4.23%
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:47 AM
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A delicacy in Peru is cuy (guinea pig) meat. They're called cuy for the sounds they make ("cuy cuy") Cuy was a staple of the traditional Inca diet.

It's generally cooked and served with the head still attached. Restaurants will cut it up for you, though.

So... would you eat it?

I plan on trying it when I'm there, but it's hard to wrap my head around the idea of eating a "pet" animal
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:50 AM
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Probably not, for the same reason that I generally don't eat pork - I've come to know both types of animals as individuals, which makes it hard to eat them.
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I don't have an aversion to strange food, usually. If I did, cuy definitely wouldn't be the worst thing on the list to try, so why not?
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I don't think I would try it, but mostly because I'm not a very adventurous eater. Any info on what the meat is like?
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I had guinea pigs for a long time (and adored them) and I still think I'd try it, LOL. Is that messed up?
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I don't think I would try it, but mostly because I'm not a very adventurous eater. Any info on what the meat is like?
It's supposed to taste like rabbit meat. It's greasy and has a stringy texture.

I'm an adventurous eater for the most part. I'd never be able to bring myself to eat dog or anything like that, though.
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I had guinea pigs for a long time (and adored them) and I still think I'd try it, LOL. Is that messed up?
Haha. I owned and showed rabbits when I was a kid, but I have no aversion to eating them
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It's greasy and has a stringy texture.
Well that makes it sound even less appetizing LOL.

I'm trying to figure out how much meat you would even get out of a guinea pig...

I'm not very adventurous with my different meat options, I'm pretty limited to what I like anyway. I like chicken and I like pork. So I wouldn't try it just because I anticipate I wouldn't like it (especially given that description!)
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Well that makes it sound even less appetizing LOL.

I'm trying to figure out how much meat you would even get out of a guinea pig...

I'm not very adventurous with my different meat options, I'm pretty limited to what I like anyway. I like chicken and I like pork. So I wouldn't try it just because I anticipate I wouldn't like it (especially given that description!)
At least I'm not trying to sell it. LOL. It's supposed to be greasy, like rabbit or duck. And the meat has a stringy texture, but it's supposed to be tender.

I'm imagining that each prepared/cooked cuy weighs 1lb or so- they generally serve 1 per person.
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I don't remember it being all that strange. We ate it a couple times and nothing really stood out. Our food was always good, we had it a couple times on our hike. I was so tired and hungry though they could have served anything and I would have devoured it so maybe I'm not the best critic
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