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!

  1. Pingback: Eating rat, snake and bird – a Thailand feast! | Isaan Five O

  2. that rat looks rather lke a squrrel?

    • H Jean, t could well be. He told me t was a rat but perhaps that was because he thought I would not know the Tha word for Squrrel – whch I don’t!

  3. Dont they call a squrrel a tree rat ? Dd you partake of ths delcous feast !?

    • H Doug,

      A rat s Nuu หนู but accordng to google translate a squrrel s gra rork กระรอก. Now that I look at the photos agan t sure does look lke a squrrel doesn’t t. Lke I sad n another comment my BIL puts up wth me butcherng hs language qute a lot so he must have decded just to call t a rat to save hm the hassle of explanng what t was when I sad I dd not understand that word. Yes I dd partake but only wth the snake. I refused to eat the brd but by the tme I fnshed gettng the kds ready for bed the rat squrrel was gone and only the snake soup was left.

  4. It s a sqrrel, what dd t taste lke?


    Lucky you :-0 !!

  6. Certanly looks lke a squrrel to me! (gaa-lok n Tha) I have eaten squrrel before – very tasty t s too :-)

  7. Remnd me to turn down any dnner nvtaton from you Memock.

  8. Andrew – Great pctures and a fabulous look at rural vllage lfe. And that’s one long snake. Personally I’d gve all three dshes a mss although I mght pck the roasted nuts out of the squrrel.

    I was about to rustle up some breakfast but have now decded after seeng your photos to put t back a hour or so.

    Best wshes from Udon Than.

    • H Martyn, great to hear from you.

      If you thnk that s a long snake then I wll not nvte you to dnner n Northern Australa! One snake over here would feed three famles back n the vllage…. for a week!

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

  9. Squrrel does look a lttle ‘ratty’ wthout hs clothes on,doesn’t he? Used to nbble on squrrel n deer huntng camp here n the Pacfc NW,USA. Pass on the snake but lord knows what I unknowngly ate whle statoned at Ubon, 1970. Bon Appett’

  10. H..I’m a photographer based n South Afrca..and I’ll be travellng Thaland very soon..I would love to travel the Rural parts..I have a proposton for you hence I lke ur small blog very much..please emal me ur contact detals at

    • H Sean Paul,
      My emal address detals can be found on my contact page. feel free to emal me your proposton. Regards Andrew.

  11. Power to you! There s no way I could eat any of that lol!! I crnged at some of the pctures (probably because I have owned a pet snake, gunea pgs, a squrrel, hamster and lots of brds haha. I dunno, t s for some people but thnk wll stck to chcken :)

    • H Rosanna, just chcken? You don’t realse what you are mssng out on! For me, I thnk that Roast Wallaby wll always be my favourte type of meat.

  12. I am Asf from Inda. I work on board the shp as a Seaman, I have worked wth Flpno and Chnese Crew Members. And I’ve eaten a lots of Snakes and Frogs.

    My frends foods are nothng. Don’t hate them, just enjoy the taste. Such as I’ve found Snake just lke fsh taste. So t doesn’t matter. Whatever you eat, eat spcy, then everythng wll be fne!

    • H Asf, thanks for sayng hello. I love your quote:

      “Whatever you eat, eat spcy, then everythng wll be fne!”


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