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Mar 1, 2010 06:34 PM

Cuy (Guinea Pig) in or around seattle?

I know that cuy may seem appetizing to most Americans, but has anyone ever seen Cuy on the menu anywhere in or around seattle?

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  1. Somebody's been watching Anthony Bourdain in Equador!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nope and doubt you ever will. But there is nothing that I can think of to stop you from raising your own, just like rabbits......given how fast rodents grow, should be sizeable by bbq time!

    Do share how this turns out!

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    1. re: jenn

      Didn't he recommend a pet shop? is a great source of Ecuadorian recipes. Laylita lives in Seattle, but spent much of life in southern Ecuador. No recipes for cuy.

      You can find some Ecuadorian products at Plaza Latina in Shoreline on 99, just south of 175th. There more items from Peru and Columbia. Perhaps the most exotic items from this area are the frozen fruit concentrates including naranjilla (lulo) and tamarillo (tree tomato, used for aji salsas).

      1. re: paulj

        On No Reservations, they were bbq'ing them on a spit. Sort of like a whole roast lamb but smaller. . . . I'm thinking a bit of marinade brushed on them as a sort of baste while cooking might be good. But be careful not to do anything overpowering. I would suspect the taste is mild like rabbit. .. . sheessh, I'm making me hungry!

        1. re: jenn

          Oh yes Jenn, that little piggy on a spit looked so delicious! It has my mouth watering!

          1. re: jenn

            If you're raising your own, I'd watch what you feed them. I don't know what they'd normally eat ('in the wild'), but I'm guessing Pet-food raised meat is not going to be particularly tasty...

            1. re: Thiggy78

              what do they eat 'in the wild'? Scraps from the mud floor, most likely. Or according the Wiki article, grass.


              "Andean immigrants in New York City raise and sell guinea pigs for meat, and some ethnic restaurants in major United States cities serve cuy as a delicacy.[140] .... Nevertheless, as a food source they are still generally considered taboo in other countries in America and Europe; in reality television, guinea pig meat has been consumed as an exotic dish by such Western celebrity chefs as Andrew Zimmern (for his show Bizarre Foods) and Anthony Bourdain in No Reservations."

              This looks like a useful reference:
              Morales, Edmundo (1995). The Guinea Pig: Healing, Food, and Ritual in the Andes. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 0-8165-1558-1.

              1. re: paulj

                I can see the the met market advertiser now: free-range, grass fed, organic guinea pig halves 16$/lb.

      2. No. There use to be a store in Bellevue that sold it, but n o more. It is very yummy, I'd like to know where in Spokane to buy it