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DFW - Peruvian Guinea Pig - Cuy

ShanghaiSam Jun 3, 2009 07:05 PM

Does anyone know where, or if, I can find this dish in the DFW area? I tried it last year on a trip to Peru and loved it. I've heard that you can buy it frozen in Houston. I'd be willing to grill it at home if I can find a market that sells it. I know this is a little bit out there, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    karen said Jun 3, 2009 07:28 PM

    guinea pig? I don't mean to be judgemental, but they are so cute....what did it tast like?

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    1. re: karen said
      ShanghaiSam Jun 3, 2009 07:33 PM

      Yeah..I know they're cute, but these were bred as food. I had it grilled with spices and it tasted like a meatier dark-meat chicken/pork cross. Haven't really tasted anything like it before or after (and I've tried some really weird stuff in China)...

    2. twinwillow Jun 3, 2009 07:45 PM

      I've seen them on Andrew Zimmern's show. I'll pass, thank you.

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        karen said Jun 3, 2009 08:00 PM

        Didn't you see the movie Bolt? -No, really to each his own. I get to some pretty far out there places for food shopping on occasion. If I come accross anything like this, I'll let you know.....

        1. irodguy Jun 4, 2009 07:18 AM

          Let us know if you find any place that servers the critters. I would really like to try them. It falls in my "cute food" category. Lamb, Rabbit, Deer all cute yummy food.

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          1. re: irodguy
            twinwillow Jun 4, 2009 09:56 AM

            Why don't you try, Petco?

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            mrnyc Jun 4, 2009 09:38 PM

            haha i love peruvian food and was thinking about trying cuy....until one day i saw a frozen clear plastic bag of them in a freezer in a restaurant in corona, queens.

            now to be fair i bet it tastes ok, but i couldn't go there after that.

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            1. re: mrnyc
              DallasDude Jun 5, 2009 01:55 AM

              they stink, they bite.. I would gladly eat one. If there is a buffet I would be good for 5 or 6.

            2. ShanghaiSam Jun 7, 2009 12:46 AM

              So.....no help then...snarky comments aside...any real advice would be greatly appreciated.

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              1. re: ShanghaiSam
                mrnyc Jun 7, 2009 10:53 AM

                why not just go try it and report back? i'm going to need some inspiration before i can order them.

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                chipsandsalsa Jun 9, 2009 06:06 AM

                I don't remember cuy on the menu, but there's a Peruvian restaurant- Gran Machu Picchu- on Northwest Hwy, in Garland. Perhaps they could give you a lead on where to find guinea pig locally.

                Have you tried any of the smaller carnicerias around town? I would think with such a large Central/South American population, someone in Dallas would certainly carry it. I can't personally recommend any that cater specifically to a Peruvian clientele, though.

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                  JillandPeterEat Oct 1, 2009 06:56 PM

                  Did you ever find cuy? I have been looking for it too.

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                    dexmat Oct 2, 2009 06:48 AM

                    Where can you buy it in Houston?

                    Is it served at any Peruvian restaurant in Houston?

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                      mcap1 Jan 28, 2010 05:29 PM

                      you can find a variety of cuy at the local pet shop. they have the added benefit of being fresh.

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