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Barbecued rats for sale near Suphan Buri, Thailand

Rat-on-a-stick, also referred to as rat kebab, is a dish or snack consisting of a roasted rat served on a stick or skewer.[1] The dish is consumed in Thailand and Vietnam.[2] Prior to roasting, the rat is typically skinned and washed, after which it is gutted to remove its internal organs and then roasted.

By country

Rat meat is considered by some people in South Vietnam and Thailand to be a delicacy, and in recent times, its popularity has increased in both countries.[3][1] It is also served as a street food in these countries. Rat kebab is also a dish in some Cantonese recipes.[4]

Source of rats

According to a BBC report, the rats are wild, and caught by professionals using traps.[5]

In popular culture

Rat-on-a-stick has been consumed by contestants on the U.S. reality television show Survivor.[a]

On 14 March 2019, Vietnamese rat meat has been featured on National Geographic. [7]

See also


  1. ^ "Live larvae for lunch and rat-on-a-stick for dinner may be the reality for the castaways on CBS's hit show Survivor..."[6]


  1. ^ a b Shukla, Pragati (June 23, 2017). "Halloween Horror: Rat on a Stick". NDTV. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Molloy, M.J.; Duschinsky, P.; Jensen, K.F.; Shalka, R.J. (2017). Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980. McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History. MQUP. p. 323. ISBN 978-0-7735-5063-6. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  3. ^ McFadyen, Siobhan (October 19, 2015). "Rice farmers rake in extra cash during harvest season". Daily Mirror. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Mitchinson, J.; Lloyd, J. (2008). The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong. Crown/Archetype. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-307-44991-7. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Rats on the Roast". 2012-02-14.
  6. ^ U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News Publishing Corporation. 2000. p. 37. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  7. ^ In Vietnam, rats are a popular food—here’s why.

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