The Khmer, Thai Isaan, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other Asian ethnics have always eaten rice field rats. They're not street rats.
Not everyone eats them of course (some think they're repulsive) but it's not like this just popped up because of avian flu.
This should give pause to all of those worldly guys looking East for those Asian Honey mail order brides.. They come with a little baggage that they weren't counting Carbs on.. LOL >>;)
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.
Skin them, quarter them, parboil in water with some baking soda to take care of the gamey taste, then brown in butter or Crisco in the bottom of a pressure cooker. Then add a cup of water or two, and pressure cook for about 30 min. Make a gravy with the drippings and serve with green beans and mashed potatoes (Yeah, Carlo, spuds are a no-no...but that is how Grandma Schulz did it!) The meat is tender and tasty.