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Sep 25, 2006 05:31 PM

Bolivian Faux Rabbit ( Conejo)


When I was travelling in Bolivia, many years ago, I was served (dare I say it )(vegetarians and children look away) Guinea Pig , which was called by the Quechua woman who served it to me, "Rabbit of the Andes" in Spanish. It tasted like( you guessed it, chicken, was very bony and quite tasty. I saw them butterflyed and roasted on sticks all over Bolivia too. Any chance that's what you had as faux rabbit? The little critters (guinea pigs, not rabbits) were running around underfoot, making that noise guinea pigs make, all over her house, which is common in Quechua and Ayamara households in Latin America. Really fun and amazing!!!!!

    1. Really? Wonder how the USDA feels about guinea pigs? Grass fed,local ones of course!

      1. ah, sorry, read too quickly (am multitasking). You CAN find guinea pig (cuy - pronounced kwee) in ecuadorian restaurants in this country, albeit of shady provence.

        but i think mine was from beef.

        2 Replies
        1. re: Jim Leff

          weren't there a couple of places on broadway in yonkers that would serve it on sundays?

          1. re: Jim Leff

            More like "coo-e". Almost two syllables.

          2. I love you for knowing that!!!! The boyfriend I travelled with on that trip referred to me as " my little rabbit of the Andes " for the duration of our travels.

            1. I had Cuy in the Inca Sacred Valley (near Cuzco) about 1 year ago. I couldn't stomach the traditional... baked served whole... head, legs & all quite visible. But I did have it at a nice hotel restaurant (Sonesta Posada del Inka in Yucay)... they served the Legs in a Plum Sauce.... and it was quite tasty.

              It actually did remind me of rabbit. One thing to know about Cuy.... its one of the more expensive meats around Cuzco & Macchu Picchu... which made me wonder why they didn't just raise rabbits. I guess its hard to let go of traditions.

              My uncle raises rabbits for high end restaurants in Jalisco (Mexico)... and he is making a killing... very high margins.