WATCH: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia

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WATCH: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia

This photo taken on August 8, 2019 shows grilled rats displayed for sale at a stall in Battambang province. - Barbecued field rats are not everybody's idea of a tasty treat, but in Cambodia's rural Battambang province they are popular as a cheap - and quick - snack, with small skewered ones going for 0.25USD each while larger rodents can cost 1.25USD. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Despite the snack’s enduring appeal, many people remain squeamish.  

As he tears off a leg of a charcoal-grilled rat at a roadside stall in western Cambodia, Yit Sarin hails the simple joy of rodent and rice washed down with beer. “It’s delicious,” he says of the snack. Barbecued field rats are not everybody’s idea of a tasty treat, but in Cambodia’s rural Battambang province they are popular as a quick — and cheap — snack, with small skewered ones going for $0.25 each while larger rodents can cost $1.25. Rats were commonly eaten in the 1970s, under the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, when frogs, tarantulas and other small creatures were...



 


 

 

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