Charcoal-Grilled Rat: It’s What’s For Lunch (In Cambodia)

by | Sep 9, 2019

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Charcoal-Grilled Rat: It’s What’s For Lunch (In Cambodia)Most people run when faced with a rat, others barbecue it with sauce and slap it on a stick.

In Western Cambodia, at most roadside stalls you find workers enjoying their lunch. In some cases that lunch includes a charcoal-grilled rat with a side of rice, all washed down with a cold beer.

While the rat might not be most people’s go-to snack in cambodia they are popular among workers because it’s quick and easy to make and it’s cheap. A small rat on a stick goes for about twenty-five cents while the larger variety will run you about a buck twenty-five.

Rats were a common treat in the 1970s, along with frogs, tarantulas and other small creatures as a way to survive. Now it’s just about convenience. One of the owners of the food stall that sells the rats says she sells about forty-four pounds of rats a day, more during the holiday season.

Customers argue over what they taste like. Some say chicken or beef, with most agreeing that it’s pork. I guess one man’s disgust is another man’s delicacy.

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