(Fried Guinea Pig, Cuy chactado)
Cuy frito or cuy chactado is one of the oldest traditional Peruvian dishes that has been consumed since Incan times. It is made with guinea pigs, which are obviously not kept as pets in Peru – instead, they are fried to crispy perfection.
The fried guinea pigs are said to taste similar to chicken (or as a cross between rabbit a chicken), but with a fattier flavor. The head is also edible, and that’s the favorite part for many people. Cuy frito is usually eaten with your hands, and it’s recommended to keep some napkins on hand as things can get a bit messy while eating it.
This dish is typically served in cuyerías with corn on the cob, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, salsas, and salads.