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Bird flu-scared Cambodians turn to eating rats **New FAST FOOD ATKINS LowCarb**
The Straits Times ^ | Feb 17 2004

Posted on 02/18/2004 7:14:19 AM PST by carlo3b

FEB 17, 2004

Bird flu-scared Cambodians turn to eating rats

PHNOM PENH (Cambodia) - Fear of catching bird flu from eating chicken has prompted some people in north-west Cambodia to resort to eating rats, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Rats have been fetching good prices in Battambang province during the last two weeks, according to newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea, or the Light of Cambodia.

The newspaper said villagers catch the rodents in nearby rice fields and sell them for up to 1,400 riel (35 US cents) each to market vendors, who resell the meat for about 1,800 riel per kilogram.

'I started selling rat meat over two weeks ago when people became afraid of eating chickens for fear of getting infected with bird flu,' 38-year-old vendor Chhun Sarom was quoted as saying.

He added that he sold up to 60kg of rat meat a day.

People eat the rat meat with rice or as a snack while drinking alcohol. -- AP


Copyright @ 2004 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.


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KEYWORDS: birdflu; fastfood; hungry; lowcarb; snacks
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To: Wright is right!
One of my fave snacks is to use extry-thin slices of Genoa salami as "chips" with guacamole. The combo of the two flavours and textures is a dazzler. Lots of goodness and protein and fat, velly velly low carbs.

I take slices of pepperoni and microwave them till they're crispy. They make very good chips.

41 posted on 02/18/2004 8:30:52 AM PST by Cooter
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To: carlo3b
This is not a good time for me to be talking about rats. We had one die of "Unnatural Causes" under the three steps leading from the kitchen down to the laundry. It has been marinating in it's own juices for a couple of weeks now and has gotten quite ripe...
42 posted on 02/18/2004 8:39:39 AM PST by tubebender (Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...)
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To: carlo3b
Well we now know of one country JFKerry won't be visiting on his upcoming world tour.
43 posted on 02/18/2004 8:42:11 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: mylife
... Well, I'll have a slice without so much rat in it.
44 posted on 02/18/2004 8:42:59 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Cooter
"I take slices of pepperoni and microwave them till they're crispy. They make very good chips."

Yup, they would make good chips. Howsomeever, that process renders out some of the fat that I like! But I'll try it anyway...

Michael

45 posted on 02/18/2004 9:10:26 AM PST by Wright is right! (It's amazing how fun times when you're having flies.)
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To: carlo3b
No big deal -- what do you think those McMeatPatties you've been eating all those years are really made of?
46 posted on 02/18/2004 9:13:23 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!)
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To: carlo3b
I saw a very, very odd Quizno's commercial the other day, and all I could surmise was that they are now selling rat sandwiches.

47 posted on 02/18/2004 9:16:41 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: carlo3b
People eat the rat meat with rice or as a snack while drinking alcohol.

And plenty of it!!

48 posted on 02/18/2004 9:33:20 AM PST by nina0113
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To: carlo3b; patton; PoorMuttly; wardaddy
The Ingredients
4 mature rats or 8 small rats
10-15 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbs. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper




Deep Fried Field Rat

1. Skin and gut the rats, removing the head and toes.

2. Mix garlic, salt, and pepper into a paste, spread on the meat, then place in direct sunlight for 6 to 8 hours, until dry.

3. Fry in deep vegetable oil for about 6-7 minutes, until crispy and yellow in colour.

4. Serve with sticky rice, sweet-sour sauce, fish sauce, or a hot chili paste, and raw vegetables

Oldie but goodie......:o)

Stay safe !
49 posted on 02/18/2004 9:44:22 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: carlo3b; patton
The Ingredients for Rat and Kobold Kabobs.......


1 kobold (German elf...optional in recipe)
1 giant rat
1 large onion or a dozen miniatures
2 large tomatoes or a dozen cherries
2 large green peppers
2 large potatoes or a dozen small purple-skinned potatoes
1 package toothpicks
4 skewers (minimum)

barbecue sauce
salt and pepper
curry sauce
soy sauce
cajun sauce
garlic and onion salt
any desirable combo of the above.
allspice

Sauce: Prepare meat to taste. Suggestions include:

barbecue sauce
salt and pepper
curry sauce
soy sauce
cajun sauce
garlic and onion salt
any desirable combo of the above.
allspice




Rolled Rat and Kobold Kabobs

Here's a tasty little dish, the first in a series for those of you who wonder what to do with pesky creatures after you've successfully skinned them.

1. Kill, skin and gut kobold and rat. Fillet both into 4 inch by 6 inch rectangles minimum; the larger the better. Trim fillets until they are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

2. Chop vegetables fine to personal preference. Thin strips also work. Prepare meat to taste.

3. Marinade fillets a few hours in a good wine of your choice to soften the meat and make it chewable. Lay fillets flat on a plate.

4. Mix vegetables in a large bowl.

5. Place an appropriate amount of mixed vegetables lengthwise in each fillet. Roll fillet over vegetables until a sort of enchilada or meat roll is formed. Pinch and secure both ends of each meat roll with toothpicks.

6. Skewer the meat roll. When done properly, the bulge of vegetables should be below the skewer when the skewered meat roll is held parallel to the flat ground. This, along with the toothpicks securing each end, prevents the juices from leaking out during cooking. Barbecue skewers parallel to flat ground until done.

Serve and enjoy



Stay Safe !
50 posted on 02/18/2004 9:52:45 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: carlo3b
We should ship them some Democrats to supplement their diet.
51 posted on 02/18/2004 9:53:22 AM PST by Chewbacca ("Turn off your machines! Walk off your jobs! Power to the People!" - The Ice Pirates)
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To: Squantos
LOL
52 posted on 02/18/2004 9:56:11 AM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: carlo3b
It's awful that people have to eat rats!!! What's worse is; they're even feeding them to the babies!!!!

Low carb or not...I'm not feeding rats to babies!!!!!

53 posted on 02/18/2004 10:19:11 AM PST by jellybean (Taglines are easy...it's filling in the reply box that takes thought.)
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To: carlo3b
Off
54 posted on 02/18/2004 10:20:32 AM PST by Bommer (John Kerry = War Criminal!)
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To: carlo3b

55 posted on 02/18/2004 10:39:23 AM PST by wolficatZ (___><))))*>____)
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To: angkor
The Khmer, Thai Isaan, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other Asian ethnics have always eaten rice field rats. They're not street rats.

Very true. I remember when I was in Cambodia in 1997 and there were a group of kids roasting up some rats on a fire. Nothing new.

56 posted on 02/18/2004 10:42:53 AM PST by killjoy
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To: rocky88
Being in a container with tamed rats would be something on the order of being in it with retriever puppies....they're exhuberant and energetic, not vicious. Now the leavins after...could be messy...but can't blame the rats for having small bladders and bowels! I let mine climb on me and snuggle up when I have them out and the worst I get is a minor dousing or rarely, a scratch from a nail....they're actually very gentle animals.
57 posted on 02/18/2004 11:20:40 AM PST by Fire_on_High (Balance is life.)
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To: carlo3b; Squantos; shaggy eel
I wish the MuttlySuperComputer would post a photo of some yummy, deep-fried, gooey, natural-custard-filled Tarantulas those happy, indulged Southeast Asian gourmets suck up by the cartload. I suppose it's all contextual, and what you're used to. They would probably go into convulsions after sampling a Jack-in-the-Pine-Box "Super Taco."

Muttly once knew a nice, elderly couple...who traveled to China with their little poodle. Sounds like a classic joke...but they were quite serious about it, and trained Anthropologists. They gave their pup to the Maitre 'D, to bring to the kitchen to be fed, because it was not allowed to do so at their table. Well.....they found out later....
58 posted on 02/18/2004 12:09:32 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." -- Twain)
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To: LadyX
I have found a use for Willard!!!!
59 posted on 02/18/2004 12:35:04 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Pray for America and Israel)
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To: PoorMuttly
,,, eel diet variables.
60 posted on 02/18/2004 12:42:25 PM PST by shaggy eel
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