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legsdiamond12 | | Aug 16, 2012 09:55 AM

This may be a stupid question...despite the hoary admonition that the "only stupid question is the unasked question"...but are there any restaurants somewhere in the U.S. for adventurous Andrew Zimmern types that serve rat? I remember a news item from approximately 20 years ago that told of a fast food type restaurant in Asia (Hong Kong, if I remember right) where rats were served in the same way that chicken was served at Kentucky Fried. The selling point was that they served big country rats as opposed to city rats.

Obviously, there isn't going to be a long line among the general populace in the U.S. for fried, diced or stewed rat anytime soon, but I'm just wondering if it's a legal question, a question of cleanliness, or simply the cultural revulsion we in America (for the most part, I guess) have at the idea of consuming rats, whether they come from the country or the city?

Then again, I guess if anyone really got a hankering for rat, they could just put out a trap somewhere, wait awhile, and then cook up their "catch" in a Wok like Zimmern did recently in a remote part of Thailand (tail, bones, and all).

Enquiring minds want to know!

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