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Residents downstream of China's controversial Three Gorges Dam in Hunan province have responded in traditional fashion to a plague of two billion rats forced into farmland by rising water levels - by offering them to restaurants in neighbouring Guangdong province, the home of "if it's edible, we'll eat it" Cantonese cuisine. …


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  1. Lewis Wernham

    Onna stick?

    Sounds like something Disembowel-Meself-Honourably Dibhala would sell…

  2. Danny

    extra £2

    for ketchup with that. Not willing to pay it? have you ever tried rat without ketchup?

  3. Keith Turner

    but his cousin got there first

    It was the Snake and Kidney pies from C.M.O.T. Dibbler that caused the rat problem.

    Rat inna bun?

  4. JayJay

    They have a saying in Guangdong...

    Anything with its back to the sun...

  5. Rick

    how is this served up?

    on a stick, in a bun, on the run i am sam i am and i will not eat a rat i am...unless its served with green eggs and ham....

  6. Matthew Saroff

    Story Misses the Big Point

    It's that the 3 Dorges Dam is a bloody ecological disaster.

  7. Oliverh


    The economics are as follows: farmers pocket around six to ten yuan a kilogram (20 to 35 pence a pound in old money, the Telegraph helpfully adds), while Cantonese restaurants knock it out as delicious rat stew for up to four quid a pound

    Just yesterday I beleive came the comment from the chap riled by a mix of metric and imperial. I wonder how angry the added currency variable made him.

    Compare yuan per kilo with GBP per pound. Sounds like a trick question from a GCSE paper, except this one doesn't have the answer right after it or award points for getting your name right!

  8. Paul C. Hartley

    Where the market inspectors went wrong...

    Surely they should have been looking for wats not rats.

    In any case, every fan of Fawlty Towers knows that to a foreign waiter, its not a rat, its a hampster.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No, Matthew,

    the *whole* China-thing is bloody desaster, pretty much like Russia (no offense to any particular Chinese or Russians meant). So the Chinese eat rats, huh? Too funny. I'd rather be worried about all the other things they eat. Remember the Cold War, when for some reason we were not totally dependent on Russian ressources and gas was cheap nontheless? Or do I mix things up?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wang Fan, a Guangzhou food safety official

    £5 says there's a pornstar of the same name

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gas supplies

    During the cold war we still had sufficient brent gas & crude ... we've used it all up now, THAT is why we are dependant on the russians for our leccy ;)

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gas supplies

    ... that might be what we're *told*. Even if so, it means there were insufficient investments in renewables, with Globalization offering the jucier ham. In a short while, Europeans will be happy to serve a fat rat at least on Sunday, or beg for asylum grants in North Africa.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


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  14. Tony

    As they say...

    When life serves you lemmings, you make lemmingade.

    I know, I know. Coat, door...

  15. Bad Beaver

    Lemmingade? That of course...

    ...presumes they will blend.

  16. Tony


    While some household blenders may not be up to the task, a bit of preparation with household cleaving instruments should suffice. Have you watched "Yan can cook" on TV?

    There is also the option of "juicers", which do have the ability chop and separate hard materials from their essential liquids.

    Just a thought for those experiencing a windfall of hard-to-prepare mammals.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wang Fan, a Guangzhou food safety official

    £5 says there's about 1 billion porn consumers of the same name

  18. Jose Ramirez

    River rat?

    You want some of this?

    What is it?

    River rat.

    How do you eat that?

    First you cut off the head and the tail.

    Then you gut it.

    It's all a matter of the sauce.

    You don't just plop down warm rodent on a plate and say:

    ''Here's your river rat. Would you like white or red wine?''

    --Freejack, 1992

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can we assume they washed the poison off first?

    I know cats and dogs rarely wash their food but I would certainly want to try eating the pests BEFORE poisoning them.

    Just a thought...

  20. davolente


    You want fries with that?

  21. Graham Lockley

    Shame On You All

    Why isnt the following the first thing that came to mind when you read the story ?

    Baldrick: Right, how about a nice meal, while you chew it over?

    Blackadder: [suspicious] What's on the menu?

    Baldrick: Rat. [shows him a big black rat] Saute or fricassee.

    Blackadder: [peers at the rat] Oh, the agony of choice. Saute involves...?

    Baldrick: Well, you take the freshly shaved rat, and you marinade it in a puddle for a while.

    Blackadder: Hmm, for how long?

    Baldrick: Until it's drowned. Then you stretch it out under a hot light bulb, then you get within dashing distance of the latrine, and then you scoff it right down.

    Blackadder: So that's sauteing, and fricasseeing?

    Baldrick: Exactly the same, just a slightly bigger rat.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Dongting rat disaster"

    Dongting ...... LOL !

  23. Shane Lusby

    Saute or Fricassee

    Absolutely, Private. Tally-ho BARF BARF.

  24. Bruce H Woodfield

    When in Rome

    In one of the greater injustices perpetrated on the innocent in this world they tried to force the learning of Latin on me at high school. One of the few things I remember is that they had this same problem in Ancient Rome:-

    Ceasar adsum iam forte,

    Pompei ad erat.

    Ceasar sic in omnibus,

    Pompei sic in at.

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