The most exotic Vietnamese dish
Unexpected changes in Vietnamese “food chain” and the diet has generated a booming chrysoidine. In The Sona, a small village on the banks of the river, the City, the pied Piper NGO Mines There says that regularly eating the rat 99% of the population. In support of these statistics, and encourages local vendor Nguyen, Chi Le. “For the last quarter of an hour I sold 2 kg”, – it brags, showing a large metal bowl of skinned carcasses.
Rat cooking is spreading in the big cities. Handwritten ads in the back streets of Hanoi’s say that freshly caught rats can be sold for money. “Today, the Vietnamese and foreign tourists are eating more rat in it,” says Pham hoo tan, the owner of the Luong Son Quan restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, the former southern capital, formerly known as Saigon. The restaurant Tana dish of rat grilled with lemon grass or roasted in garlic, you can try around 60 thousand VND ($4) per serving. The rat may taste like chicken, but seeing the rat paw on the plate, pretending it is difficult. In the Vietnamese hinterland rats for centuries been considered a delicacy – there are recipes that date back 150 years. However, residents of large cities for a long time treated the rats with prejudice in their minds the animals more associiroval pests, rummaging in the garbage, than with mouth-watering delicacy. However, in 2004, outbreaks of avian flu has claimed many lives and forced many fans to eat at the restaurant to look for alternative sources of protein. The demand has increased dramatically, but, paradoxically, increased and offer. All because natural predators are dangerous for rats, snakes and cats – are also increasingly on the menu of trendy restaurants, which often look wealthy Vietnamese. In the area of Le Mat in Hanoi, dozens of restaurants specialize in snakes, which are either grown specifically, or catch Smelova. Some snakes are taken to China where they are considered a delicacy. A developing economy has led to a doubling of prices over the past year to almost $ 18 per pound. Despite a government decree in 1998 banning the eating of cats – this resolution was introduced in order to naturally control the population of rats – some restaurants and eat cats. In the menu they are called “little tigers”. “If people eat the animals that eat the rats, then it means that we will have more rats,” says the energetic There, pursuing their prey. 53-year-old farmer, moonlighting as a taxi driver, supplementing his income by another and hunt for rodents in fields and in industrial areas around their village on the outskirts of Hanoi. Hunting join his friends, 55-year-old NGO van Phong and 53-year-old Nguyen Phu Duc, and his two faithful dog, MUK and CI. The company goes to the factory Tong Thanh Dong Packaging. The friends are lucky – Mook caught the scent of rats. After a brief chase, the dog buries his muzzle in the grass and furiously waving tail is a sign that she has found something you can enjoy. Rats There and chatter begin to take action – dig up the ground, and Fong’s looking out for possible escape routes in rats. Duk neatly slotting into holes in the ground with dry straw and setting them on fire. The flame flares up, and turns out to be a rat in a bamboo tube, which was placed There above the main hole. Favorite dish Tama, a stew of rat meat, heart and liver in a broth. “What we need for a cold winter day,” he notes. On average, There is 8 catches rats for 45 minutes. They are friends with street vendors selling everything that is not required by him. Vendors selling a rat of 1.5 $ per pound. This is an acceptable price of pork is about 3 times more chicken – 2. Field rats, which are caught There and his friends are white-brown color, and in their diet a lot of grain and snails. Although Vietnamese generally don’t eat a mangy gray rats, which, in fact, come to mind when the word “rat”, the stereotypes are still alive. Some restaurants in Vietnam are in no hurry to openly enter the rats in their menu. The owners are worried that customers may suspect that they served the rat even when they order a chicken dish. The refined Dan Toc Quan restaurant in Hanoi, the waitress whispered reports that it may file a rat – if the chef will find the carcass. She disappears into the kitchen and returned, shaking his head. “You can bring your rat, and we will prepare,” she says. The majority of Vietnamese people prefer to cook the rats at home. NGO Chi tan bought almost 4.5 pounds rat to feed a dozen friends who looked to her for lunch. “The taste of rat is difficult to compare with other meat,” says she. The delicacy of rat tan gently washes the carcass, and chop them into 4 pieces. Bending over a charcoal stove, roasting it one part of salt, and the second prepares steamed with lemongrass. The friends froze in anticipation. “Yum”, – says one of them. For the true foodies are most welcome
plump rats. A thin layer of fat makes the meat more flavorful and allows you to fry it until Golden brown, they say. It is better to feed the rat with a strong homemade rice wine. Some think, whether the year of the Rat to facilitate the dissemination of the rat cooking. Although rodents are eaten in China, the popularity of the rat and other exotic meat began to wane after the epidemiologists said that the outbreak of SARS, atypical pneumonia, in 2003 was associated with the consumption of civet cats, weasel-like animals. The pied Piper There unmoved. “We don’t need an excuse to eat rats,” he says.