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Feb 3, 2005 03:31 PM

seeking cuy

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I haven't had cuy since my days doing pro bono work in nicaragua.

Any idea where I can find it in Los Angeles? If I close my eyes, I can smell it and will travel to enjoy some.

Thank you in advance.

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  1. I only know Peruvian Cuy. May not be the same thing. For Peruvian cuy, you're best off going to a pet store and buying a cookbook.
    What is Nicaraguan cuy?

    You might try
    2019 W VENICE BLVD

    There used to be a place on Alvarado, Managua restaurant, that had nacatamales and other nicaraguan food. Maybe somebody knows where they went...

    6 Replies
    1. re: Jerome

      That is the most appropriate and hilarious advice I've seen on this board! ("Hmmm, I'll take that one... he looks delicious.")

      1. re: Christine

        Christine: here's a recipe then (PLEASE don't make me post this in Home Cooking - it's also in Spanish)


        1. re: Jerome

          Here's a nice picture. That skin looks mighty tasty!


          1. re: elmomonster

            At least we know where the cabeza went.

            1. re: Christine

              THe cabeza is in the picture. There's even a cute little tooth peeking out -lower right hand side of pic.

          2. re: Jerome

            Ha!!!! You are killing me!

      2. f

        Try Polarica Meats at 1 (800) GAME-USA. They have had it before, but their stock changes a lot. You might also search under the name nutria, another name for the same critter. They are widely available in Western Louisiana because someone started raising them for their fur, and a breeding pair escaped. The Cajuns adapted them to traditional recipes. I ate cuy several times in Peru, and they're tasty beasts, plenty of meat per pound and a bone structure that is easier to navigate than that of a rabbit. Plus four drumsticks, so the kids don't fight over who gets one...

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        1. re: FoodObsessive

          Cuy and Nutria are different animals.

          Cuy is a guinea pig, lives on dry land whereas Nutria live in the water and are a tad larger.

          I want to eat both animals.

          They seem like a good solution to people's desire to eat meat and the smaller spaces we're tending to inhabit. Plus you could raise your own cuy in an apartment!

          Not that I would do it, just an interesting idea that I read somewhere.