Eating rat, snake and bird – a Thailand feast!

The other week my Brother In Law (BIL) came home right on dusk grinning like a kid at the show grounds with a pocket full of money. Instead of money, he had a plastic bag which he proudly showed me.

He told me he had caught them but I suspect the neighbour may have and BIL trading them for something else. He told me that tonight he was cooking a three course meal. Entree will be bird, main course – snake and to wrap things up desert would consist of a fabulous looking rat.

He got to work so I stuck around for as long as I could (kids needed bathing etc) to take a few photos to share with you all.

Now I don’t mind people killing as many snakes and rats as they want to feed their family but I was a little sad that this tiny bird got mixed up in this particular feast. I mentioned to BIL that there are no birds around as it is so why kill the few remaining ones? His simple answer was of course, “If I don’t then someone else will.” *sigh*.

The bird only took a few minutes as it was so tiny. Warm it up on the coals to make plucking easier, pluck and then back on the coals for another minute or so.

The snake was a little more complex. First it was warmed up on the Thai style BBQ.

Here is my BIL, the head chef.

cooking snake on coals

Once it is warmed up enough you then remove its scales.

It was then clean and gutted before being returned to the coals for a few more minutes.

With that out of the way it was time for everyone’s favourite. Desert.

Once again it all starts with the BBQ. This time instead of warming it up it was set on fire to burn of most of the rat hair. The resulting smell set tongues salivating around my house and the close neighbours.

Burning didn’t remove it all so a knife (sort of) was procured to finish the job.

The rat is then placed back on the coals and turned occasionally to ensure that the rat meat is cooked to perfection.

Bon Appétit!

20 responses to “Eating rat, snake and bird – a Thailand feast!

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  2. that rat looks rather like a squirrel?

    • Hi Jean, it could well be. He told me it was a rat but perhaps that was because he thought I would not know the Thai word for Squirrel – which I don’t!

  3. Dont they call a squirrel a tree rat ? Did you partake of this delicious feast !?

    • Hi Doug,

      A rat is Nuu หนู but according to google translate a squirrel is gra rork กระรอก. Now that I look at the photos again it sure does look like a squirrel doesn’t it. Like I said in another comment my BIL puts up with me butchering his language quite a lot so he must have decided just to call it a rat to save him the hassle of explaining what it was when I said I did not understand that word. Yes I did partake but only with the snake. I refused to eat the bird but by the time I finished getting the kids ready for bed the rat squirrel was gone and only the snake soup was left.

  4. It is a sqirrel, what did it taste like?


    Lucky you :-0 !!

  6. Certainly looks like a squirrel to me! (gaa-lok in Thai) I have eaten squirrel before – very tasty it is too 🙂

  7. Remind me to turn down any dinner invitation from you Memock.

  8. Andrew – Great pictures and a fabulous look at rural village life. And that’s one long snake. Personally I’d give all three dishes a miss although I might pick the roasted nuts out of the squirrel.

    I was about to rustle up some breakfast but have now decided after seeing your photos to put it back a hour or so.

    Best wishes from Udon Thani.

    • Hi Martyn, great to hear from you.

      If you think that is a long snake then I will not invite you to dinner in Northern Australia! One snake over here would feed three families back in the village…. for a week!

      I hope you eventually managed to have some breakfast… and keep it down!

  9. Squirrel does look a little ‘ratty’ without his clothes on,doesn’t he? Used to nibble on squirrel in deer hunting camp here in the Pacific NW,USA. Pass on the snake but lord knows what I unknowingly ate while stationed at Ubon, 1970. Bon Appetit’

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    • Hi Sean Paul,
      My email address details can be found on my contact page. feel free to email me your proposition. Regards Andrew.

  11. Power to you! There is no way I could eat any of that lol!! I cringed at some of the pictures (probably because I have owned a pet snake, guinea pigs, a squirrel, hamster and lots of birds haha. I dunno, it is for some people but i think i will stick to chicken 🙂

    • Hi Rosanna, just chicken? You don’t realise what you are missing out on! For me, I think that Roast Wallaby will always be my favourite type of meat.

  12. I am Asif from India. I work on board the ship as a Seaman, I have worked with Filipino and Chinese Crew Members. And I’ve eaten a lots of Snakes and Frogs.

    My friends foods are nothing. Don’t hate them, just enjoy the taste. Such as I’ve found Snake just like fish taste. So it doesn’t matter. Whatever you eat, eat spicy, then everything will be fine!

    • Hi Asif, thanks for saying hello. I love your quote:

      “Whatever you eat, eat spicy, then everything will be fine!”


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