Dec 4, 2007

Why Oh Why

I've seen enough of the world to know that we humans eat a wide, wide variety of foods (some of which shouldn't technically count as food). I'm not surprised that rat is eaten (and--here's a shocker--it's even a delicacy).

But why, oh why, must the Thai rice farmers that have turned to serving bandicoot rat at roadside stations (making quite a profit!) boil them hair, tail, whiskers, unmentionables, and all? Wouldn't a skinned rat roasting on spit (mmm, with BBQ sauce) be so much more palatable?

Photo source: Reuters via Yahoo

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What no crispy crunchy coating ? Oh wait, that's right they leave the fur on....

Arachnophile said...

*shudder* I have to try and be open minded about food in other cultures but I've had pet rats and... they're like cats, dogs and horses for me. Even if these aren't THOSE kinds of rats.

*and cephlapods but most people don't have those as pets* ;)

Jack Ruttan said...

Nasty photo. I started leaving soup alone in Thailand, after finding funny things in it (duck feet, heady goodness). They're not very vegetarian there. For that you have to go to the Indian restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Bleh..... while I'd never eat a rat... you are so right.. at least they could skin it first... that's just sick boiling it fur and all... yuck. That's just lazy

Chattie said...

lol! I'm Thai and I want to say that I'm genuinely surprised (and disgusted). I dont want to sound vain and all, but i dont think anyone in Thailand would eat that sort of thing..