Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy

Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy

A traditional and much-eaten dish in the Andean highlands, Guinea Pig may not rival ceviche in the competition for Peru’s tastiest dish, nonetheless this isn’t tourist-trap cooking, but a staple of rural communities throughout this and neighbouring countries. Often presented in somewhat macabre fashion (perhaps prostrate on your plate, or bolt upright with teeth bared) cuy tastes like, surprise surprise, chicken. And pork, a little. Typically roasted and served with a hearty helping of potatoes, travellers have been known to become addicted to the crispy skin. As the mecca for all things Andean, Cusco is the place to try it – look out for it on the menus around the Plaza de Armas and up the hill in bustling, artsy San Blas.

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