Tuesday, July 17, 2007

OH, Rats!!

Soooooo, it seems they have a rat problem in China. Not enough snakes, or something. I don't know what difference this makes, as the rats and snakes in Washington, DC, seem to live together just fine.
Live rats are being trucked from central China, suffering a plague of a reported 2 billion rodents displaced by a flooded lake, to the south to end up in restaurant dishes, Chinese media reported.

Rats had been doing a roaring trade thanks to strong supply over the last two weeks, the China News Service quoted vendors as saying.

"Recently there have been a lot of rats... Guangzhou people are rich and like to eat exotic things, so business is very good," it quoted a vendor as saying, referring to the capital of Guangdong province, where people are reputed to eat anything that moves.
Personally, I don't think I want to eat rat. But I guess it's OK if the menu plainly lists what you are actually getting. But there's no way they could get away with that here in the good ol' USA, right?

Personally, I just don't like the heavy sauces in most Chinese foods. And I have heard, since childhood, about the tendency for Chinese restaurants to serve whatever and call it, you know, something else.

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