Rat meat sold as lamb in China

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  • Lamb 3 May 2013 19:49:02 472 posts
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    "We cannot tolerate it any longer. We must punish the criminals severely, or we cannot answer to our people," Pei said.
    Rat meat sold as lamb in China

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/05/03/china-rat-meat/2133157/
  • Dangerous_Dan 3 May 2013 19:49:38 2,380 posts
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    Oh the irony.

    Are you jealous because of those ratty imposters? ;)

    Edited by Dangerous_Dan at 19:56:41 03-05-2013
  • THFourteen 3 May 2013 19:54:22 32,884 posts
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    Shocking.

    Not :-)
  • Dangerous_Dan 3 May 2013 20:01:27 2,380 posts
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    You think the chinese fancy rat meat?
  • Lukus 3 May 2013 20:02:46 19,006 posts
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    So rats taste like lamb? Awesome. Tramps have got it good.

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  • Dangerous_Dan 3 May 2013 20:04:21 2,380 posts
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    After the shit I've seen them eat, yes.


    Well played, Sir.
  • ibenam 3 May 2013 21:54:51 1,352 posts
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    Kept reading this as "Raw" meat
  • RobTheBuilder 3 May 2013 21:57:13 6,521 posts
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    I had pigeon in Hong Kong, and they do call them the rats of the sky...
  • ZuluHero 3 May 2013 22:03:06 4,031 posts
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    @Lamb

    Lamb eh? I smell a rat ;)
  • RobTheBuilder 3 May 2013 22:14:11 6,521 posts
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    @Goodfella yeah I agree, especially as pigeons are basically grey doves. Bloody bird racists...

    Apart from wasps though. Pointless.
  • Whizzo 3 May 2013 22:16:35 43,038 posts
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    They must be using a hell of a lot of rats or really big ones to fool people, there's not a lot of meat on them.

    At least there wasn't on the rat I cut up for Biology at school.

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  • ResidentKnievel 3 May 2013 22:18:51 6,134 posts
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    I wonder if you could make a wasp soup if you but a load of them in a blender

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  • Load_2.0 3 May 2013 22:31:18 18,949 posts
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    Ok to slag off the Chinese, not ok to slag off pigeons.


    Got it.
  • ray 4 May 2013 03:20:45 684 posts
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    I can imagine how Gutter Oil can work (since it apparently looks like the real oil), but how can one pass a rat as a lamb, they'd have to remould / resize it somehow? Actually it doesn't sound too far fetched considering all the wild creativity one can see in China.
  • PazJohnMitch 4 May 2013 03:44:17 7,833 posts
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    In hot pots you cook very thinly sliced meat. It is completely impossible to identify what it came from.

    The slices are generally 1" by 4" and half a mm thick. So as whizzo said they are sizeable rats (but it is not inconceivable). Saw a monster rat in the Shanghai Zoo 3 weeks ago. (Size of a Border Collie).

    On a side note deep fried wasps taste like Wotsits. And fried scorpion is awesome.
  • ray 4 May 2013 04:05:22 684 posts
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    Oh right, hotpot. I naively assumed they were selling it directly on the stalls ("sold to farmers' markets" part).
  • twelveways 4 May 2013 05:31:04 3,870 posts
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    A lot of Chinese foods require you to cut the meat into tiny pieces (bbq, hotpot, most Chinese 'dishes') so it is easy to disguise, also they have an animal here that is kind of like a big stoat which they also call a rat, it has plenty of meat on it.

    I don't really care what animal I am eating as long as it is cooked properly and tastes good.
  • Dangerous_Dan 4 May 2013 05:46:46 2,380 posts
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    I don't really care what animal I am eating as long as it is cooked properly and tastes good.
    Soylent Green? Don't know about its taste though.
  • twelveways 4 May 2013 06:17:52 3,870 posts
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    Like pork apparently.

    I do generally distinguish between humans and animals but I guess it depends how hungry I am...
  • X201 4 May 2013 06:29:47 15,156 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:

    Apart from wasps though. Pointless.
    No they're not, they're bloody brilliant.
    One day I was clearing the bloody catapillars from my sprout plants, when I watched a wasp swoop down on a catapillar, then like some kind of drop-ship, it grabbed the catapillar an lifted it of the leaf and flew off with it.

    It turns out that wasps lay their lava into the catapillar and the young grow inside it until they burst out of it Alien stylee :-)
  • jonsaan 4 May 2013 06:41:49 25,326 posts
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    I'd imagine a rat shank sort of gives itself away as not being from a sheep.

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  • ZuluHero 4 May 2013 07:38:05 4,031 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Ok to slag off the Chinese, not ok to slag off pigeons.


    Got it.
  • DaM 4 May 2013 08:22:00 12,905 posts
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    God knows what some of the stuff I ate in China was. I could verify some by skin/shells, but others were a bit iffy. Wild boar could have been anything. I think they just tended to chop the whole animals up into bite sized chunks, they didn't bother about filleting/skinning.

    I was the guest of a company, and surprised them by eating everything placed in front of me, even some stuff they rejected (fish with a fermented tofu sauce - looked and smelled like a bad nappy - tasted not too bad). I think they normally start foreign guests with a huge bowl of snake soup, which gets rejected, and then just serve them bowls of plain rice. I got stuck in to everything.

    All delicious :)

    Edited by DaM at 08:22:26 04-05-2013
  • PazJohnMitch 4 May 2013 08:31:16 7,833 posts
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    The Chinese value the meat next to the bone as it has more flavour. Hence they dice animals so that every piece has a bit of bone in it.
  • mcmothercruncher 4 May 2013 08:39:08 6,497 posts
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    They eat "shit" because it's a diet influenced by famine, anything and everything had to be cooked in order to survive Mao. They'd eat chicken everything if they'd have been able to grab it from Tesco too.
  • twelveways 4 May 2013 08:51:44 3,870 posts
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    Weirdest thing I ate in china is a fruit pizza, complete with sweet mayonnaise, sausage, cheese and whipped cream. Fucking disgusting, would have preferred horseshit-smelling tofu and rat kebabs.

    Edited by twelveways at 08:52:10 04-05-2013
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