The entire process of eating rat in China

eating rat

This is a rat. It’s a rodent, but I can’t figure out if it’s a vole, guinea pig, bandicoot rat, Sikkim rat, Lesser rice-field rat or Tanezumi rat coz all rats looks the same to me.

It’s rather large, as you can see by the size of the motherfucker. I searched high and low to eat the infamous rat in Guilin, China and finally managed to get to the damn rodent.

poor rat

The best thing about China is that you can watch the entire process!

scalding rat

…which might be unsavory for all you PETA tree-hugging types, as they first club the poor rodent you choose for dinner to oblivion. BAD RAT! BAD!

…before weighing it (all the better to charge you with).

…and pouring scalding hot water all over it (just to make sure it’s proper dead).

rat hot pot eat

It’s served in a hot pot of sorts and the waitress comes over to refill the broth every now and then so you get tender and juicy rat at a reasonably warm temperature at all times.

rat broth

D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

rat dish

How does rat taste like? Hmm…this is kinda like the Matrix question. You’ve got to eat it for yourself. I love the parts which has tendons attached – very chewy. It tastes a bit like bat but with a lot more bones than I’ll like to contend with.

eating rat china

It sure is a good experience though! It cost RMB 400 (about RM 190) and it’s worth every single cent!

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42 thoughts on “The entire process of eating rat in China

  1. wtf. In China, do the rats eat the cats? They’re massive!
    Now that you’ve tried Chinese rats, gimme a holler if you wanna give Malaysian ones a go. I’ll even go cheaper, how’s RM150 sound? :P

  2. dogbone: HAHAHA! I love that one. In Soviet, Russia, the rats eat the cats. :)
    Yeah, I know. Fucking huge bugger eh?
    Haha! I wouldn’t mind to be honest. You know a place? ;)
    ken: Well, it’s a huge rat and it’s delicious! :)
    It’s a bit of a delicacy over there, hard to find, thus the price. :)

  3. HB, I don’t know about you but being vet I felt so sad the the way animals were treated. But for rats and mices I did own a snake and fed it mices from time to time alive. My cat did drag home at one time a rat she just killed and I give her a nice reward for it

  4. Vickie: Yeah, well it’s China so everything goes! =D
    Yeah I used to get mice for snakes too, but none as huge as this. :)
    You know the thing about cats bringing kill home (being a cat lover)…they do that coz they love you and wants to share their food with you. :)

  5. Huai Bin, One phrase to describe you now. is, Your mouth is very JAHAT looooo ! After eat the snakes now you turn to eat the rats. Sure next time u turn to eat the cats, dogs, girrafes, elephants and so on. yerrrrrrrr. Pengsan !!! XD oh ya. Since u ever been in Sarawak before, do u ever eat the Tupai? Bat? Babi Hutan? deer? bla…bla… bla…. XD ewwwww…… again. salute you very very very much !! ur guts again LAGI LAGI BANYAK BANYAK bigger than K.S ! >.

  6. Ok, I’ve been eating cow meat for my entire life and I’m sure all those mammals didn’t die of old age. But the sistematic cruelty and sheer disrespect for animal life displayed by the people of China always leaves me saddened.

  7. Good job dude. Rat/mice = meat = food. What are these weaklings bitching about?
    Are things in China so expensive all round? I would have thought, if Chiken rice is RM3 KL, then the same thing would be RMB3 in China.
    RMB400 for a meal, seemed a bit over the top doesn’t it? Does the average person make RMB10,000 a month?

  8. Lion: Haha! Yes, actually I would love to eat a giraffe. I’m always up for strange and exotic game. :)
    Wild boar is very common in Sarawak coz the indigenous people hunt it and sell it at the wet market. Available at most tai chow places in Sibu. Same goes for deer.
    Bat is a bit harder to find, but it’s available, as well as squirrels and such. It’s good to have an aventurous palate. :)
    xes: Haha! Yeah, kinda eh? It does look rather cute and innocent, oh ya which makes me think it might be a mole. I actually don’t know what kind of rodent this is. :)
    headsteadi: The meat does have a slight odor to it, kinda like how lamb does. It’s a different kind of smell though, and it smells pretty good to me. :)
    NotAffiliatedToPETA: Well, there is a bit of a background to that. China was throw into poverty during the Great Leap Forward so people ate what they could.
    I guess some of the stuff they ate was so good it remained on the menu. ;)
    WORRY: I hope the one that eats me is…ME! Haha! I wouldn’t mind trying some human meat. :)
    Doggie style: Hmm…when I come across some? ;)
    It’s not exactly something people sell in the local butcher. :)
    rocket: Yeah, that’s the thing…most things in China is dirt cheap but Guilin is a tourist place and the restaurants only have a certain quota of these animals that they can get, so that’s why it’s so expensive.
    Exotic meat is generally expensive, chicken and other stuff at the very same place would be very cheap. :)

    • You asians are f&$@?! Gross. Karma is a bitch . That’s why you guys are dirt poor. The most insensative people in the world . At least kill the animal before you boil it . I’ll never visit your nasty countries

  9. Tay: It’s an epicurean adventure! =D
    chefmel: Yeah, but this is fully cooked rat, nothing fancy, except the fact that it’s a rat. :)
    It’s quite active too, running around, wonder what kind of rat grows to be this huge. :)

  10. the same or worse happens to every animal we eat, you just don’t see it!
    Cows in the U.S. get captive bolt stunned, ie: smacked in the skull with a metal rod fired by a pneumatic gun.

  11. hiro: Yup, and all those chickens crammed together, fighting with each other, people don’t see that too, and that makes it OK.
    Actually, in smaller towns the way chicken is slaughtered is by slitting their throats and letting them thrash away in a sealed container. :)
    However, most people don’t see that either. Oh well. :)
    foodcrazee: Yeah, the exotic animals are quite expensive really…at least in China. The regular animals are cheap though. :)

  12. Im gonna do domthing different hb. just got back from the drs office, a fairly good report. I have alot of health problems. so coming home a squiel ran out in front of my litle car. I dodged it, then I came to a stop, waiting for it to run off. it did. but this makes no sense. I have gone squill hunting. with .22s, at age 14. later with shot guns. so what. its like possums. I hate those damn things. big rats. road kill. yet my forbearers at them, in these mountians. and gonna say something grosser, the brains ( not raw) were a treat. to me thy are just a big rat, though. and will actually defend them selves. they hiss and bare their teeth. ssst. still, I dont like em. a collective memory from the bubonic plage, perhaps, for rats. but they did not carry that. it was the lice. and not even that. just a vector. I am older now. and most probably ate rat and other stuff, but why did I almost wreck my car, for a tiny squrill? donno. but dont kill with out need seems good to me. gwg, hb

  13. There is a difference eating animals already slaughtered and eating animals slaughtered just for you. We get worst karma points for the latter.
    That being said, when are you gonna try some aborted human fetus and blog about it ?

  14. You’ve the right to eat any shit you want but try not to gloat at the animal’s demise by video taping its undignified death and posting on your blog. You also mock its death by calling it ‘a big motherfucker’ and ‘damn rodent’. It,after all,had already unceremoniously died to satisfied your blood-thirst and so-called epicurean taste. I hope you don’t start posting videos of you and your ex-gfs in various karma sutra positions and then labelling them with names like deadwood bitches or big motherfucker. With an nihilistic attitude like yours,I hope you’ll never assume any seat of power of any kind in the future.And I hope you’ll seriously consider not spreading your genes by not having any children. Your family seems pleasant enough,so I’m wondering wtf happened to you. Was it the drugs you previously took or the mental breakdown you suffered during the suicide attempt? Have a pleasant weekend and Bon Appe tits!

  15. Hmm, not something I would personally eat since I’m quite a picky eater but I gotta admit it does sound pretty exotically cool. I guess it’s the rat’s fault for tasting so good, eh ;)
    Cheers!

  16. wtf la u asshole. wana eat anything u eat la…dont fucking put the video of animals getting clubbed la u mofo. shame on you. i respected you man, but now i think u deserve ur ill fated life.

  17. tom: Possum brains! Now that sounds really delicious. :)
    Yeah, I know what you mean, I would brake for a cat or dog but not a rat, we all have out own affections. :)
    karma: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil? ;)
    Worst argument ever since chickens are slaughtered for you, technically, since you created demand. :)
    eiling: Haha! I’ve eaten bull penis before and that was really good. It’s quite a clean rat considering. A bit tacky coz the cage kept the fur dirty and wet but otherwise – delicious. :)
    atrocity.incorporated: I’m sorry, that rant completely didn’t get in my head. ;)
    You have a good weekend too! :)
    Lyn May: Haha! I’m a huge fan of exotic animals. I don’t actually know what rat tastes like actually, until I ate this huge rat. :)
    Cheers Lyn May! :)
    spca: Why would you watch it if it offends you, titled as explicitly as it is? ;)
    Tan Yee Hou: Yup, all the exotic animals are kinda expensive in Guilin. :(
    Other stuff is cheap but exotic stuff comes at a premium. :)

  18. Darren: You know the phrase – four legs with back heading towards the heavens is all edible, which involves anything except humans. ;)

  19. You yellow chink bastards sure like to torture the animals you eat.. Why not kill it instantly and without pain like a civilized human being? PhB I hope you OD on meth someday and die.

  20. Oh, I don’t know where to get legit ones for consumption here. But for RM150 apiece I’m sure I can arrange a dining session featuring some rats from Jelutong / Lotus. They’re pretty big too! I may need you to sign a waiver or two before mealtime though…

  21. fish fish: Oh but they’re delicious! =D
    Cat is a bit of a problem with me coz I love cats but I won’t mind having some if the opportunity comes along. ;)
    PETA: Well, I don’t take meth anymore, so don’t hold your breath on that one. ;)
    Er…everyone tortures animals, have you ever seen your chicken farms? Your slaughter houses? Don’t be naive mate, it’s the same everywhere in the world.
    Chickens don’t come in nicely dressed packages in the supermarket. ;)
    naeboo: Hmm…eating it raw. I will consider it but then the fur has to be burnt off first though. Can be done, can be done. =D
    Eating a rat raw – next on my itenerary then. :)
    dogbone: HAHAHAHAHA! I’m not signing that waiver, but good one mate. :)
    I probably would eat CLEAN mice from pet shops, if I ever find a recipe for it…
    Simon Seow: Yeah, it’s a huge rat. Good though coz it has more meat in it. :)
    OMG! The rat might be able to eat your neighbors rat. ;)

  22. Mindy: It’s actually quite delicious. :)
    Everything is edible (every living creature that is). I wanted to have rat ever since I planned the trip to China. :)

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