Welcome to YQtravelling’s FoodFriday. The day of the week when I show off some of the lovely eats I had while travelling.
Today we’re feasting on fluffy alpacas. I promise they look less cute in meat form.
Have you seen alpacas? You’ve probably seen their photos since I featured many of them on my Facebook Page. They are so cute and fuzzy wuzzy but kind of stinky. [While you’re there, please “Like” my Page. Mucho gracias.]
While in Peru, I had the chance to eat some alpacas.
Hey, I don’t see you complaining when you eat mutton so don’t complain about me eating something this adorable:
The first time I ate alpaca was at lunch. By the time I reached the restaurant, the Menu of the Day was over. So I ordered an alpaca steak ala carte.
The meat turned out to be too gamey to be enjoyable. Every piece of it tasted of beef from an uncastrated bull. Translation: Urgh.
The next alpaca I had was in a French creperie in Arequipa. I thought wrapping the meat in a thin sheet of dough would make it taste better.
Unfortunately, no. There was still the gamey taste but I swallowed every piece because I paid good money for it. Dang it!
If you are ever in Peru, I recommending sharing an alpaca steak with others before deciding if it’s to your taste.
- Top 10 Things to Eat in Peru — National Geographic (Number 8)
- A first-timer’s guide to eating alpaca — Time-Crunched Traveler
2 thoughts on “Glutton in Peru: Alpaca meat”
Gamey like mutton gamey or even more gamier than that? I look forward to taste alpaca mid of this year in Peru!
It was even gamier than mutton. Peee-yew!