Rat tops the menu as bird flu bites in Asia

  1. Last Update: Wednesday, February 18, 2004. 5:06pm (AEDT)

    Rat tops the menu as bird flu bites in Asia

    Bird flu may have decimated poultry businesses across Asia but rat dealers have never had it so good.

    A rat butcher in western Cambodia say she now has a constant stream of customers, selling more than 200 kilograms of rodent meat every day.

    This is more than twice her normal turnover.

    The meat which is fried, grilled or roasted with garlic and vegetables is a highly prized delicacy.

    -- AFP


    I am not biting into this story!!!!

    I will be posting more on the Asian Bird flu on a more serious note over in the Australasian forum.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   2ndCareerRN
    I guess if it is cooked right.......it may taste like chicken!!

  4. by   nekhismom
    EEEWWW!!! Sick, sick, sick. That made MY pizza sure look tasty (yeah, right).
  5. by   manna
    I think I lost my appetite (might be good for the diet....)
  6. by   gypsyatheart
    EEEEEEWWWWWW! That is just sick! Makes me want to toss my cookies!
    :chuckle :chuckle
  7. by   renerian
    UGH I am really glad to be a vegetarian.............ewwww

  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    A couple years ago one sister said, "We grew up poor and my mother had to cook rats for dinner.'
    Our youngest sister became VERY angry saying it never happened, Mama would never do that!"
    The answer was that she was too young to remember."
    As the oldest I was chosen to settle this.

    Turns out it was our aunt not mother.
    A possum NOT a rat. I clearly remembered in the middle of the night terrified squawking from the chicken coop. Then a gunshot. This was the only time I remember my uncle using his rifle.
    The next day my aunt made possum stew with carrots and potatos. It had inches of grease on top that she took off with a bulb style baster.

    I did NOT eat any. So I have never tasted marsupial meat.Those of us who wouldn't eat that greasy stew had a peanut butter sandwich for dinner.

    I finally convinced my sister that to a sleepy kid the possum looked like a big rat. We were never that poor either! Our parents growing up in the depression were.

    I imagine many nurses caring for the generation born between 1900 & 1930 or so heard, "We were poor but we didn't starve."

    Later the TV show 'Beverly Hillbillies' had Granny making possum stew.
    Can't imagine rat meat could be worse.

    Japanese and Americans imprisoned in China were fed only white rice and water. Those who ate insects, cockroaches mostly, survived. Those who could not died. That story was in a textbook.