Thursday, December 17, 2009


Fresh caught and grilled Rat from the rice field

Will this be to "take out " or to "eat here "

My surprise Rat Salad ( ha ha ha)

India tells people to eat rats: Courier Times

This is a good write up by a Canadian news paper

Citizens in one of the poorest regions of India were advised by the government to start eating rats,according to a report thursday by the BBC. Vijay

One thing for sure , they don't have to advise, the Thai's to eat Rats they Love them, for a snack and it goes down great with a big glass of ice cold LEO.

Ciejay and Me took a little mini vacation to Nakhon Sawan ,to visit our daughter and husband and grand-son Nicky Boy , they had just moved into their new home they had built , and would you believe it, as always , "THIS CALLS FOR A PARTY "and you all know , what would a good Thai party be without a whole lot of GOOD ,Thai food, and this was to be no exception , I have never seen so much food in all my life amd all the relatives and neighbors and anyone else that just happen to be passing by were invited. Well here I am in HOG HEAVEN, so to speak.

I am enjoying myself eating and realy enjoying as always all the fresh cooked food and fruit, when, I spy something at the other end of the table that looked like Taco Meat to me and thought I would try to make me a Taco Salad ,as they had a lot of chips and salsa ,add Taco Meat and walla you got yourself a Taco Salad, well I made the biggest one I could and begain to eat and enjoy and let my mind goooooo backkkkkk to Taco Bell in the USA , which just happens to be one of my favorite fast food hangouts (before Ciejay and healthy eating ).When all of a sudden I was snapped back to the present when someone ask me very loud "want so more RAT. To save face and to act like I knew it was RAT all along I said "SURE ", Everyone at the table started to laugh at the FARANG who had just eat a Rat and To be perfectly honest with you , with all the herbs and spices that they mix with the grilled and chopped up meat , it did taste a lot like Taco Meat. I have found that this kind of snack food that the Thai's make with lots of garlic ,herbs, and chili's ," IT ALL TASTE THE SAME" What do you think? Well I guess my next thing I'll have to try will be Grilled Snake, I think that will have to take place after a few ( a lot) glasses of wine have been enjoyed, to dull not only the taste buds , but also the senses. ha ha ha

Just in case you want to give it a try , I found this recipe on the net for all you chefs to try , and for the curious and adventurous too.

Recipe for ground rat meat and chili paste:
1/4 cup fish oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups of dried red chili peppers
4 long green peppers
8 large bay leaves
1/2 cup holy basil leaf
1 tablespoon salt
4 chopped garlic cloves
4 small rats
Initial Preparation:
With a mortar and pestle place the 1-1/2 cups of dried red chili peppers, and begin to mash until a red paste is achieved. Add a tablespoon of water to make moist.
Chop garlic cloves.
Place bay leaves in a small bowl of water. Roll two bay leaves at a time and then thinly shred and place in dry dish. Do for all 8 leaves - two at a time.
Place holy basil leaves in a small bowl of water.
Dice long green peppers. Do small cross sections so look like wheels and place in dry dish.
Skin 4 small rats. Some folks save the heart and liver to add later (not me )

Cooking preparations:
Place oil in a wok over an open flame and heat
Place small rats in a grate, and lightly cook over an open flame on both sides until medium cooked. Do not cook well done.
Mix red chili paste with hot oil and stir well.
Finely chop rats on a wood chopping block over and over until makes a smooth ground meat texture. Be sure to chop all the bones well.
Add chopped rat meat to the red chili paste and oil and stir well.
Add diced green peppers and stir well. Let cook for 5 minutes.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of salt.
Add holy basil leaves to mixture and stir in well and let cook for another 5 minutes. Be sure not to burn the chili paste - add a little water if necessary to keep moist but not runny.
Add chopped garlic cloves

Add chopped heart and live if you want
Add shredded bay leaves and stir in and cover and let simmer for 5 minutes or more to let all the flavors mix well.

Serve ground rat meat on an oval dish with livers and heart on the top. Circle with garnish of basil leaves and halves of lime. Serve with white rice. The flavor will be hot and tangy with a mild crunchy chew to it. It is not to be considered the main dish, but a nice hot and spicy accent to other prepared dishes. Very good with cheese and crackers, but Thais do not generally eat crackers. This recipe would not go down well in your home town.

Theres one thing for sure , there will never be a shortage of good ,fat ,rats to eat here in Thailand and the neighboring Asain countries and rather than go hungry as some do "I'll eat RAT." Malcolm


Anonymous said...

do the world a favor. kill those RATS. Haha

Mike said...

Malcolm perhaps next time you can have ratatouille?

Or rat-at-Wang-Po even. :-)

Talen said...

Malcolm, You sir are a better man than I. I had the chance to eat rat back in April and I passed it by. I promised myself I would try just about anything but after eating a roach a few years ago I swore off eating certain things and rats are high on that list.

I am still curious about tarantula eating though...they may be scary but they definitely ain't rat.

*lynne* said...

Oh. Yuck. I don't think I could knowingly eat rat meat. And I would probably instinctively throw up if I found out that was rat meat in my mouth and stomach! Bleeaah! My hat's off to you for sticking with it after you found out!

Steve said...

Malcolm, that looks ratalicious! I have never had the chance to try rat, but my wife said she used to eat it quite a bit growing up. I would be willing to give it a try and I think would be much happier than I was when they all cooked up the jing reed (crickets) for me.

Brunty said...

Malcolm, field rats are nice even without all the spices. Just simply grilled over coals. I don't go out of my way to buy rats but if in the village and a feed is offered to me I am more than happy to eat.

I have had scorpians (taste like crunchy deep fried oil) and they are nothing special, like the silk worms and other bugs the Thais eat, too much oil kills any flavour.

I have had dog meat, again was offered to me at a dinner in a remote village and I am one to always try.

It is always the thought in your head that is hard to get around for some people.

Like back home. We would eat sheep brains stuffed and seasoned, shortbread, mountain oysters (calf testicles), liver, tongue, well virtually every part of an animal.

The intestines were washed out thoroughly and cooked, tripe the list goes on.

Also eaten kangaroo, camel, buffalo, snake, emu, Dugong/turtle (remote aboriginal camp, traditional laws apply for them and they can catch), crocodile, mango worms, file snakes and the list goes on.

Indonesia I ate some things on remote islands I have no idea what it was as my Indonesian was terrible at that time.

When I think back I would like to write about some odd foods I have consumed and where and when, some good and at times strange memories.

Thanks for sharing


Anonymous said...

On this season's TV-show SURVIVOR, that nice southern lady killed a rat and ate it.

"do what you gotta do"

Uthen said...

Like Brunty said it's all in the mind. I too have eaten many odd things here in Thailand without knowing but you even asked for more! I hope you won't be offended if I don't include your excellent Rat recipe on my food site!!!
Next time you're in Chiang Mai do stop by. We have quite a big rat problem here!!!!

mary ruth said...

does every thing taste like chicken as they say here in usa

Martyn said...

Malcolm I certainly couldn't knowingly eat a rat. Fair play to you. I think I'd need one hell of a lot of tomato sauce and a clear run to the toilet.

Anonymous said...

u & ur wife look beautiful. Merry Xmas brother M.

Jon said...

I've heard that rat and squirrel are in the same family and I love to eat squirrel. I guess I'd give it a try. I've also heard that field rat are not like the common NYC rat that are dirty. Congrats on becoming more and more Thai.


Martin MY said...

Bravo Malcolm. Solves two problems in one go, hunger and vermin! No different to squirrel I guess.

MJ Klein said...

Malcolm, it's important for readers to know that a field rat is totally different than a city rat. i haven't had rat (yet) but i've had dog and it was great. just another white meat!

jo said...

That's really brave! :)

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